2022 Season Countdown: #69 Ikechukwu Iwunnah

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11Jul 2022
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2022 Season Countdown: #69 Ikechukwu Iwunnah

Ike Iwunnah

Name: Ikechukwu Iwunnah
Height:
6’3″
Weight:
306 lbs.
High school:
Garland (TX) Lakeview Centennial
Position:
Defensive tackle
Class:
Redshirt freshman
Jersey number:
#92
Last year:
I ranked Iwunnah #85 and said he would redshirt (LINK). He redshirted.
TTB Rating:
75

Iwunnah’s season in 2021 went about as expected. A defensive tackle with some good size coming in, he was pretty raw and needed to redshirt. So when the season came and went without him getting any snaps, I don’t think anyone was surprised.

I don’t expect much from Iwunnah in 2022, either. Even though Michigan lost a couple defensive tackles, they brought in UCF transfer Cam Goode and are expecting big things from Rayshaun Benny and George Rooks. I think Iwunnah will start getting some snaps behind Mazi Smith and Goode, but Michigan has enough defensive linemen that Iwunnah shouldn’t be forced into a critical role unless there are major injury issues.

Prediction: Backup nose tackle

21Jun 2021
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2021 Season Countdown: #85 Ikechukwu Iwunnah

Ike Iwunnah (image via 247 Sports)

Name: Ikechukwu Iwunnah
Height:
6’4″
Weight:
281 lbs.
High school:
Garland (TX) Lakeview Centennial
Position:
Defensive tackle
Class:
Freshman
Jersey number:
N/A
Last year:
Iwunnah was a senior in high school (LINK).
TTB Rating:
75

Iwunnah was a late addition to the 2021 class, and a much needed one at the time. It’s not easy to pull kids out of Texas to come to Michigan, but the Wolverines needed an influx of size on the defensive line. They ended up signing four defensive tackles (Iwunnah, George Rooks, Dominick Giudice, and Rayshaun Benny), and two of those commitments came on National Signing Day: Iwunnah and Benny.

At 281 pounds Iwunnah is a little bit light to handle the interior defensive line as a freshman, and he also has some technical things to clean up before he plays in the Big Ten. He has some decent quickness and good strength, but he needs to get better at defeating blocks and finding the ball. His future could be a bright one, but he needs this season to develop.

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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4Feb 2021
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Ikechukwu Iwunnah, Wolverine

Ikechukwu Iwunnah (image via 247 Sports)

Garland (TX) Lakeview Centennial defensive tackle Ike Iwunnah flipped from Colorado to Michigan on Wednesday. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Baylor, Missouri, and Texas, plus others.

Iwunnah is listed at 6’4″ and 275 lbs.

RANKINGS
ESPN: 3-star, 75 grade, #78 DT
Rivals: 3-star, 5.5 grade
247 Sports: 3-star, 86 grade, #56 DT

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2Feb 2021
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2021 Recruiting Update: National Signing Day II

Garland (TX) Lakeview Centennial DT Ike Iwunnah (image via Twitter)

Most FBS players signed with their teams in December, but a few guys didn’t sign for some reason or another. Here’s a look at some of the remaining players and what’s expected to happen in some cases.

Rayshaun Benny – DT – Oak Park (MI) Oak Park: Benny has been committed to Michigan State but didn’t sign during the early signing period for some unstated reason. He’s a 4-star, the #16 defensive tackle, and #192 overall. All signs have pointed to him signing with MSU . . . except for the fact that he didn’t sign with MSU. Michigan is still trying to get him to flip and he’s been listening to the coaches, so who knows?

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