Name: Chris Rock
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Ratings: Scout – 3*, Rivals – 3*, ESPN – 3*
Recruitment: Michigan had been on him for a while, and they were able to get him to visit for both a junior day and the night of champions event. It was at the NoC event that Chris was blown away by what UM has to offer, visits to the likes of Notre Dame and Ohio State couldn’t match up – even if he did grow up a Buckeye fan. He did plan to tour the west coast, looking at schools such as Oregon and Stanford, but decided to end the process early as Michigan was the “total package”.
Offers: Michigan, WVU, ND, Stanford, Wisconsin, Pitt, Nebraska, Cincinnati, Purdue, Boston College, MSU, and a few others.
Stats: Currently at 6’5 and around 245lbs, and runs the 40 in the 4.8-4.9 region. As a sophomore he had over 60 tackles and 15 sacks, but production dropped as a junior due to illness towards the end of the season, but he still made it over the 10 sack mark.
ESPN Analysis: There is no confusing this Rock with the comedian as he gives offenses little to laugh about. Rock has very good size and the frame to add more bulk with time in a college weight program. He gets off the ball well. Uses his hands well to create separation, and has good speed considering his size. Needs to add more moves to play. Has the frame to possibly play defensive tackle at the next level.
Improvements: From the man himself - “I definitely want to get stronger. I’m also working on my passing rushing moves and learn more moves.”
Film Highlights: Link here
Final Thoughts: Most likely heading for a redshirt when he gets on campus, but still a good get for Michigan. Rock is one of the bigger defensive ends, and some even think he could play the D tackle position later on. This added versatility is great for UM’s new 3 man defensive front.