Sunday, August 12, 2012

Recapping 2012 Commit Erik Magnuson

Rolling along with the offensive line commits for 2012 we reach another highly touted guy in Erik Magnuson out of Carlsbad, California.  Erik is another bigger game who comes with a lot of hype to Ann Arbor's campus in 2012.  An Army All-American in his own right, he's obviously in the upper echelant of talent in the 2012 recruiting class.  Hoke and company had said that they were going to definitely get into an offensive line haul and here's another big time guy that's a part of that.  Michigan quarterbacks have to be looking forward to the next few years with guys like Erik in the trenches.

Erik has good size and because of his height, he has the potential to be an elite offensive lineman and offensive tackle.  He's known for his run blocking and has decent pass protection, but that's definitely his area of weakness.  I watched some of his film and I tend to agree.  I'm not saying that he's a bad pass blocker by any means, but he's definitely weaker there.  However, he has plenty of time for improvement.  Something I did notice about Erik is that he doesn't quit on plays and is always going through the whistle, which I think is important.  Shows that he's a good intense guy and that's the type of player you like to see on the field.  Most of the sites have him listed around 275 pounds and with the pro-style coming back into play in Ann Arbor, he will want and need to bulk up a little more before he becomes a key player in Michigan's offense.



Here are the basic stats on Magnuson:



Height
6’5”
6’6”
6’6”
6’6”
Weight
275 lbs
275 lbs
275 lbs
275 lbs
Position
OT
OT
OT
OT
Rating
4*
4*
4*
4*
Position Rank
#27
#10
#15
#6
National Rank
N/A
#78
N/A
#71





As you can see, all of the experts seem to pretty much have the same general analysis in terms of rankings.  He's a 4* across the board and with the exception of ESPN, he's a Top-15 player at the Offensive Tackle position in the country.  As I eluded to earlier, he's got good size, 3 out of 4 sites have him listed at 6'6" so that's what I'll call him and it's a solid 275 lbs with all four.  275 pounds isn't light by any means, but for an offensive lineman, you usually look for about 300 lbs or above.  Experts say he's great with his hands and when he gets into the defender, he's very good at holding blocks and avoiding calls.  With Michigan's running ability, being able to block on the run and holding his blocks will be key.  Everyone has their weaknesses and for Magnuson I will have to go with that he could put on a little bit of weight and the needs to polish his pass protection skills up.  Once you figure those two aspects into the equation, look out.  I think that Erik will have ample amount of time before he becomes a starter to improve and get that weight on that the coaches would be looking for.

Look for Erik to make an impact after his Freshman year.  Michigan is set at Tackle and that's where I believe he will be playing so look for possibly his sophomore year or later to get some playing time.  Of course, he adds good depth, which is always very important when you're talking about the Offensive Line, but I don't believe that he will play as a true freshmen.  As I eluded in my breakdown of Kyle Kalis, I believe that he will be the only true freshmen as far as Offensive Line goes that will get some playing time this 2012 season.  Don't underestimate Erik or his abilities, but I don't see him taking over either of the two tackle spots barring injury, God forbid.  Be on the lookout for Erik, but I believe we see him more in the 2013 season and onward.

To summarize, Erik was one of the bigger recruits in the 2012class and he was a huge pick up for Michigan and shows a renewed effort to get players out of California.  Michigan has had some success in recruiting great players from California in the past (Tom Brady).  I love big time offensive linemen and they can only mean good things for your offense and for the health of your quarterback.  Given the current guys on the roster, along with the other offensive line guys in this 2012 class, this line will be set for years to come.

Here is his highlight video:

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