Scouts: U-M gets tougher up front

Michigan added again to its already strong 2013 class with a commitment from the versatile Henry Poggi (Baltimore, Md./Gilman). The four-star is a good pick-up for the Wolverines as he could help on offense as a blocking tight end or on the defensive line. With two tight ends already on board in this class it is likely he will play on defense when he lands in Ann Arbor.

Defensively he could play on the edge, but in the long run with additional mass he probably will better fit as a defensive tackle where he is ranked on RecruitingNation. Regardless of how the Wolverines choose to use him they are a getting a coach's son who is a heady player and shows good toughness as well.

At this stage he is a bit of a 'tweener size wise as a defensive lineman and will need to continue to add mass and fill out his frame to play inside. He flashes a good get-off, but needs to be more consistent. He is tough taking on blockers and defending the run as he can play low and be active with his hands as well recognize and react well to blocking schemes. As a pass rusher he comes up field hard and though he needs to continue to further develop as a pass rusher he can make blockers work to try and stop him. He also plays with a motor and is a good physical tackler.

Poggi might not be among the most dynamic D-Line prospects in this class, but he is a smart, tough and versatile football player, and those are traits that can add value to Michigan’s roster. Might be some time before Poggi is able to add size and settle into his best fit, but in the short-term his versatility could be called on and in the long run Michigan should have a good, productive defender.