Thursday, 12 August 2010

Tony Posada

Name: Tony Posada

Location: Tampa, Florida

Position: OT or OG

Ratings: Scout – 3*, Rivals – 3*, ESPN – 3* (78)

Recruitment: Received his Michigan offer early on, he’s a recruit Coach Frey was very high on. Posada has always liked UM’s tradition, and after visiting Ann Arbor for three days in the summer, Michigan was the new leader. A Florida offer might have shaken things up, but it never came. His final four schools were Texas Tech, Missouri, USF and Michigan. He selected the Wolverines at a press conference on August 11th.

Offers: Michigan, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Duke, Texas Tech, Missouri, USF, Tennessee, Louisville, Rutgers and Wake Forest.

Stats: Currently weighs around 320 lbs at 6’5, which might be slightly too heavy, I believe Florida told him to shed a few pounds to increase his chances of an offer. He runs a 5.4 40 yard dash.

ESPN Analysis: Posada has great size along with enough explosion and playing strength to dominate defenders at his present level of play. Has the height and weight we like to see for the offensive tackle spot at the major level of competition. Shows good flexibility, but could struggle in open space against outside linebackers on the rush. Has a good pad level and uses his hips well to help drive through his blocks – has a “nasty streak”. Definitely more comfortable in the run blocking situations right now.

From the man himself - “I think I’m strong and I’m very physical. I have natural strength and know how to use that to overpower people. I’m pretty smart and I go from whistle to whistle. I’m never done blocking. I think I’ve got everything major down. So it’s all about fine tuning my game and things like my footwork and trapping. I just want to work on all the little things.”

Improvements: Could possibly drop a few pounds to improve his speed, a couple of years in college will sort that out. General technique is good, but can always be improved.


Film Highlights: None available

Final Thoughts: Not ready to contribute immediately at the college level, a redshirt in his first year is likely. A year or so with Mike Barwis will have him in good shape to contribute during his sophomore or junior season. Could play guard or tackle at the next level, that will be up to the Michigan coaches.

Posada is the third commitment on the offensive line in this class, meaning Michigan will only take one or two more. Anthony Zettel, Cyrus Hobbi, Chris Byrant, Ray Ball and Nick Martin all have Michigan in their top group, so UM will have to take commitments carefully from here on out.

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