Name: Kaleb Ringer
Location: Clayton, OH
Ratings: ESPN – NR* (40), Scout – 4*, 247 Sports - NR*
Recruitment: Ohio State doesn’t have many scholarships to hand out this year, so it could be a big year for Michigan in the state of Ohio. Ringer is a very good prospect, but didn’t do enough to receive an early Ohio State offer; still, he wasn’t that keen on the Buckeyes anyway. When visiting Michigan, he really connected with the coaches and wasn’t shy about naming Michigan his leader straight after. By the time it came round to announcing his choice, it was no secret that the Wolverines would be the selection. Ringer became the third commitment of the class on April 15th. Iowa and Cincinnati were the two main competitors to UM.
Offers: Michigan, West Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisville, Syracuse, Cincinnati and others.
Stats: Currently stands at 6’1 and 225lbs, and runs in the 4.5’s; sounds unofficial. Can’t find a good set of stats for his junior year, unless he did just have 50 tackles....
ESPN Analysis: None available.
Scout Analysis: "He may not wow you with the eye test, but put on the film and he's all over the field making plays. He's very solidly built, has a nose for the football and has legitimate sideline to sideline speed. He's also physical and can take on blocks. I have to see more of him in coverage, but he's a kid who could end up leading a team in tackles for several years in college."
Improvements: Scout.com lists ‘Size’ as an area of weakness.
Film Highlights: Link here.
Final Thoughts: With no ESPN evaluation out, limited film, and limited stats, it’s hard to get a read on just how good Ringer is. The four star ranking given to him by scout is encouraging though.
With four linebackers taken in last year’s class, it’s certainly not a huge area of need this year, and yet Michigan finds themselves in a great position for many of the Midwest’s top LBs. With Ringer now in the class, and Joe Bolden seemingly likely to join him, it looks like Brady Hoke may take four LBs if James Ross and RJS choose Michigan too.
After a slow start to the class, Michigan is starting to gain some momentum on the recruiting trail. Picking up a guy like Ringer can only help too, as he’s friends with a lot of the top players from Ohio, including Chris Wormley.