2022 Season Countdown: #35 Greg Crippen

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7Aug 2022
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2022 Season Countdown: #35 Greg Crippen

Greg Crippen (image via USA Today)

Name: Greg Crippen
Height: 
6’4″
Weight: 
301 lbs.
High school: 
Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy
Position: 
Center
Class: 
Sophomore
Jersey number: 
#51
Last year: 
I ranked Crippen #81 and said he would redshirt (LINK). He played in six games.
TTB Rating:
 65

Crippen was a big surprise to me last year and may already be approaching his TTB Rating as a sophomore. Andrew Vastardis started at center all year, but Crippen was his backup. While Michigan could have played Reece Atteberry, Raheem Anderson II, or guard Zak Zinter – all of whom have snapped the ball at times – Crippen was the guy.

Despite the presence of Crippen, Michigan still went out and tried to find a starting center, and they did in Olu Oluwatimi. Oluwatimi was a Rimington Award finalist, so maybe it was a no-brainer to take him, but if they truly felt Crippen was ready to roll in 2022 as the starter, they probably wouldn’t have dipped into the transfer portal. Crippen also appears to be a center only, and I think it’s a good idea to train a young player at just one position, especially one as critical as center. So I’ll rank him here at #35, since he doesn’t appear to be ready to back up other positions but Michigan has other guys who could step in and play center in a pinch.

Prediction: Backup center

27Jun 2021
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2021 Season Countdown: #81 Greg Crippen

Greg Crippen (image via the Telegram)

Name: Greg Crippen
Height:
6’4″
Weight:
285 lbs.
High school:
Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy
Position:
Center
Class:
Freshman
Jersey number:
N/A
Last year:
Crippen was a senior in high school (LINK).
TTB Rating:
65

Crippen is a native of the northeast, which seemed to give Michigan the edge early in his recruitment, considering the Don Brown respect in that part of the country. But he spent some time committed to Notre Dame. When he decommitted, there were rumors that the Fighting Irish were okay with losing him. But either way, Michigan was there to pick up the pieces.

There was a little bit of buzz in the spring that Crippen had moved into the two-deep, but from what I can gather, that was more due to injuries and absences than outplaying other guys on the roster. It’s tough to play interior line as a freshman, and Michigan has recruited well along the offensive line over the past few cycles. I expect Crippen to redshirt this fall.

Prediction: Redshirt

16Mar 2021
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Class of 2021: Historical Recruiting Comparisons

J.J. McCarthy (image via SI)

In case you’re not aware, I have a list of every Michigan recruit going back 20+ years and their rankings (LINK).

Below you will find each 2021 recruit and his closest ranked comparison by position in Michigan history. This might help boost – or temper – some expectations for what we will see from the class.

Hit the jump for the comparisons.

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11Nov 2020
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Visitors: Michigan vs. Wisconsin

Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei CB Domani Jackson (image via Hudl)

I haven’t posted a visitors list in a long time, because visitors haven’t been allowed to visit Michigan since last winter. And they’re still not allowed to visit campus, at least not while having any contact with the coaching staff.

But there is a group of recruits who plan to come to Ann Arbor and hang out together on their own.

2021

Raheem Anderson II – C – Detroit (MI) Cass Tech: Anderson is committed to Michigan (LINK).

Andrel Anthony – WR – East Lansing (MI) East Lansing: Anthony is committed to Michigan (LINK).

Tristan Bounds – OT – Wallingford (CT) Choate Rosemary Hall: Bounds is committed to Michigan (LINK).

Hit the jump for more.

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30Mar 2020
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Recruiting Update: March 30, 2020

Patrick Hisatake

Thanks to whoever bought the Coleman SaluSpa inflatable hot tub (LINK). Others can help out the blog by purchasing stuff through Amazon, too:

COMMITMENTS

Michigan got commitments from center Greg Crippen (LINK) and defensive end/tackle Dominick Giudice (LINK).

ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2021

I did full write-ups on this guys last week if you’re interested:

  • Ohio DE Darryl Peterson (LINK)
  • Oregon DE Patrick Hisatake (LINK)

Hit the jump for more.

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