The Michigan Wolverines continue to add to its impressive recruiting haul as linebacker Chase Winovich verbally committed to the 2014 class this evening.
Winovich chose Michigan over Ohio State and Pittsburgh. The No. 28-ranked linebacker according to Scout.com is listed at 6-foot-4, 221 pounds, and will likely play strong side linebacker. He is an instinctual player who plays with a high motor and has a nose for the ball. He’ll have to add some weight to his slight frame and work on his pass coverage skills to reach his potential at the collegiate level.
Winovich is the 11th member of the Wolverines class of 2014. He joins Michael Ferns as the linebacker commits, and Michigan is likely done recruiting the position for this class. Winovich will likely be afforded a redshirt as Michigan has built good depth at the position. After Jake Ryan leaves, Winovich will battle incoming freshman Mike McCray for the starting job at strong side linebacker.
With 11 commitments, Michigan will have the luxury of being very selective with the remaining spots as they will likely accept no more than 20 players in the 2014 class. The top remaining prospects are defensive end De’Shawn Hand, athlete Adoree Jackson, wide receiver Artavis Scott and offensive lineman Jamarco Jones, who will decide between Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Ohio State on June 27.
If Michigan can land a couple of these highly-ranked prospects, they will have another consensus top-five class, something that is becoming commonplace under head coach Brady Hoke.