Cincinnati (OH) Moeller offensive guard Zach Carpenter committed to Michigan on Wednesday. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Clemson, Ole Miss, Oregon, Pitt, and West Virginia, among others.
Carpenter is listed at 6’5″, 310 lbs. He claims a 430 lb. bench press.
247 Sports: 3-star, 88 grade, #21 OG, #465 overall
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Carpenter had a little bit of momentum on the recruiting trail, but things really picked up this spring with offers from Oregon, Michigan, and Clemson. He visited Ann Arbor in April, and though he set an unofficial visit for Clemson in June, he went ahead and committed to Michigan on Wednesday night. There was no announcement of an announcement date or anything, just a commitment.
Carpenter looks like a college offensive guard already. He has the size, the stance, the demeanor, etc. Michigan has not landed many guys in recent years who look the part as much as him. He also plays in an offense that should prepare him well for the types of schemes he will see in college. Carpenter has a good first step, takes good angles on his zone blocks, and gets big while climbing to the second level, which makes it really tough for linebackers. Once he locks onto second-level players, they will have a very tough time getting disengaged. In pass protection, he does a good job of sinking his hips and anchoring down.
On the negative side, Carpenter is a little heavy-footed. There are times where I would like to see him keep a wide base and drive his man rather than leaning on guys to use his size and upper body strength to overpower them to the ground, but that can be very enticing for high school linemen who have such a size and strength advantage.
Overall, this is a solid pickup for Michigan. To a certain extent, Carpenter is a known quantity. He’s a big body who’s relatively polished, and there’s no guesswork involved in figuring out whether he can put on the necessary weight or what he will look like when he does. He’s not an elite athlete, and Michigan has had only middling success with players of his ilk. Kyle Kalis had a similar body, but quicker feet; Michael Onwenu is/was bigger and quicker than Carpenter but is another example of a big-bodied guy whose size has worked against him in some ways. I think it’s good to take some of these guys, but their upside is often limited.
Michigan now has 11 commitments in the 2019 class, with 5 of them being offensive linemen. Michigan has not recruited Archbishop Moeller very successfully over the years, and he would be the first Moeller player to come to Ann Arbor since the early 1990s when Eric Wendt ventured north.
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