In a relatively rare case of a Big Ten team taking a recruit who was already committed to another Big Ten school, Michigan has done so to Penn State. 2014 linebacker Jared Wangler has committed to Michigan, after previously committing to Penn State in May and then decommiting this morning.
Although Wangler has only received two and three star ratings from the major recruiting sites, it seems like the De La Salle (Michigan) prospect is on the rise. Since committing to Penn State in May, Wangler was invited to the Under Armour All-American Game and has received offers from both his home state Michigan Wolverines and from LSU. It is obvious that Wangler proved himself over the summer to get big programs like Michigan and LSU to offer, after Penn State had been the only major conference team to have previously offered.
At summer showcases Wangler has shown off good mobility and coverage ability, which seem to make up for his smaller frame. There are questions if Wangler will stay at linebacker or become a safety, but he claims that Michigan coaches told him they project him as a linebacker when he visited recently. Wangler has big time potential if he can add bulk to his body, as he reportedly runs a 4.6 40 time (self reported), which is very impressive for a linebacker. He seems like a very good future outside linebacker who could excel in pass coverage, but at just 218 pounds people will question if he can shed blocks to defend the run.
Michigan now has a fourth linebacker in their highly rated 2014 class and a total of 15 commitments. Although Wangler will be the lowest rated in their current class, Michigan’s coaches seem to be big on him and it would not be a surprise if he climbs up the recruiting rankings over the next year.
Penn State now has just one linebacker in their 2014 class, so look for them to likely try to lock up another one in the coming weeks.
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