Monday, 19 July 2010

Jake Fisher

Name: Jake Fisher

Location: Traverse City, Michigan

Position: OT

Ratings: Scout – 4*, Rivals – 3*, ESPN – 3* (77)

Recruitment: Still fairly unheard of on the national stage, but did pick up a couple of other BCS offers from MSU and Cincinnati. Fisher played Tight End last year but is a projected OT, which might explain the lack of offers. He really impressed at some of the camps this summer, so much so that he earned a 4th star on scout. In the end his recruitment came down to the two in state schools, UM and MSU, with Fisher becoming the 8th commitment for the Wolverines.

Offers: Michigan, Michigan State, Western Michigan, Cincinnati, Toledo, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan and Bowling Green. 

Stats: Listed as around 6'6 and 265lbs, so he needs to bulk up to become a college lineman, but he easily has the frame to do so. Runs the 40 yard dash in around 4.95 seconds. Analysis: Having not played the tackle position much, technique is clearly going to be an issue early on, but he has his whole senior year to practice and become acquainted with the position - and probably a redshirt year too. Strengths are listed as size (height), nasty streak and flexibility. Very athletic tackle, which suits Michigan's scheme well, he'll most likely end up at the left tackle spot after Taylor Lewan graduates. Sets up with a good base in pass protection and does well against the bull rush. Is a high effort, high intensity tough guy who looks to bury his man.

From the man himself - "I have fast feet and am quick. I have good mobility and I’m a good competitor. I make good decisions and am smart. But I want to work on my technique at tackle. I’ve only played tight end in high school, so I’m still learning tackle."

Improvements: Needs to add some weight and work on his technique - generally become more accustomed to the position. 

Film Highlights: Link here. Highlights of him at TE and DE, but there are some blocking plays in there. 

Final Thoughts: Raw but very talented, a player that could contribute early in the two deep. He'll sit behind Taylor Lewan for a couple of years and will be the likely successor to the LT position. The majority of Michigan's OL targets are interior lineman, so it was important to pick up a Tackle early on. Excitement level is high! 

1 comment:

  1. Can't wait to see this kid on Saturday. With his elite athleticism and long arms, he's going to be an awesome LT for us down the road.