To no surprise, Massillon, OH K Andrew David wasted no time after Hoke and co. extended an offer his way after a private workout took place Monday afternoon. David committed last night and becomes the inaugural member of Team 136 (save Brady Palente, who will greyshirt until '15). Most schools don't waste scholarships on special teams players, but this Michigan staff doesn't mess around. David becomes the third ST commit on scholarship in 5 years, joining 2011 signee Matt Wile and from 2013, LS Scott Wiesniewski. It's obvious this staff has no problem going after who they want, no matter the position.
As you can see above, none of the sites have a ranking for David, which isn't out of the norm since it's usually not til a ST player commits that they will assign a ranking. But don't hold your breath, ST recruiting gets it's own website, Chrissailerkicking.com, who has David ranked #6 overall and gives him 4 1/2 stars:
Andrew is a great young kicker. A fine athlete with a strong leg. Field goals are outstanding. He is smooth, technically sound, and consistent. Kickoffs are solid and will only continue to improve. Also shows punting ability. Makes great strides each time we see him. Is going to be a top kicker in this class for years to come. Has the right attitude and excellent work ethic. Great prospect. Nice early pick up for Michigan!Nothing to be upset about when reading the above exert; Fine athlete with a great attitude and excellent work ethic...yes please!! And as Ace from MGoBlog put's his ranking in persepective, '13 walk-on JJ Mcgrath was ranked 68th last year. So although David is a little guy (5'8 170), he's just a kicker fergodsakes, and he'll be a good one for years to come. A local newspaper, CantonRep.com, mentions a few other kickers out of Massillon HS who have had major success:
At the Sailer winter kicking competition in Las Vegas, David finished second in the big event of the week, which is called “Last Man Standing.” He drilled a 55-yarder in the final round and pushed a 58-yarder right of the goal post. He is the only kicker in Ohio ranked in the 2015 rankings. Sailer’s school has produced plenty of NFL kickers, including Nick Folk (Jets), David Buehler (Giants), Taylor Mehlhaff (Saints) and Justin Tucker (Ravens).55-yarder as a Sophomore in HS?! I couldn't kick a 15 yarder as a Sophomore in college. Huge upside for this kid!
Somthing Scary to Think About
David's leg transforms into one similar to that of the couple NFL kickers mentioned above. More importantly though, we have another (hopeful) flow brother in the mix...wonder if he won't cut his hair 'til he hits campus in a few years. No that's scary!
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Meet Jon Runyan, Jr.
247Sports: 3-star, #37 OT, #341 OVR
The legacy continues. Today, PA OL Jon Runyan, Jr. made his commitment to Michigan:
Proud to be a part of team 136 #GoBlueHe becomes the 2nd commit of the '15 class. I'm sure you all recognize the name as his father, Jon Runyan, was All-B1G in the winged helmet following the '95 season. Runyan has some big shoes to fill, but wasted no time in pulling the trigger after his offer last week, as expected:
— Jon Runyan Jr. (@Jon_Run1) June 25, 2013
.@Jon_Run1 told me the day he was offered by #Michigan he could virtually guarantee he'd commit, today he stands by his word.So to say we saw this one coming, well that would just be unnecessary. The bad thing about these kids committing so early...no rankings. Heck, Scout doesn't even have his measurements up yet. 247Sports is the lone ranger here, giving Runyan 3-star status and ranking him outside the top 300. He is a smaller lineman at the moment, standing just 6'4" and weighing in at 250 lbs. Funny I put the word small in the same sentence with 6'4" 250 lbs. As if it didn't make me feel old enough that Jon Runyan Sr's kid just committed, now he's considered an undersized prospect. I can hear my hair turning greyer as I type.
— CoachBrown TheMBlock (@CoachBrown3) June 25, 2013
Runyan elaborates more on the decision and how he has made his father proud via Maize & Blue News:
“I was just waiting to get home to talk to my family,” said Runyan Jr. “They were happy for me and they knew I couldn’t go wrong with committing to Michigan. And they knew it was eventually up to me. It was really relieving, because I’ve been looking forward to it my whole life and I’m glad I had the opportunity to do it … I’ve just grown to love Michigan over the years. After watching Michigan football for basically my whole life, then going there and getting to look at the Big House, and go on the field, it got me really excited and it was something I wanted to be a part of..."
“I think it’s a pretty big deal for him,” noted the son. “He’s happy for me. But he’d be happy for me if I went anywhere pretty much. But I’m happy for myself too that I finally got to do something that’s been a lifelong dream.”I LOVE what I'm hearing here. Runyan is exactly the type of kid you want playing on your side and he's excited to be apart of what Hoke is building. Wish I could help you out with a scouting report on the legacy commit, but he is an OL and only going into his junior year, so info is sparse. I will give you this though...The M Block was able to talk with Runyan, getting his feelings on following in Ferns footsteps (and others as well) in becoming a major recruiter:
"I think I'm up for the challenge to recruit other guys. I was talking to Michael Ferns last night. I think I can do it. We were just talking about Michigan stuff. I saw the t-shirt thing he did on his Twitter, but we didn't really talk about it though. I don't think I can top that."Looks like we have another recruiter on board as recruiting looks to be a competition now among the commits. A whole new way to compete...off the field that is.
Similar to commit #1, Michigan was the only school to offer a scholarship at this point. Difference here...Runyan will get other offers. Don't think they will matter and Runyan will not blink an eye once about his decision to take his talents to Ann Arbor.
Runyan's official Sophomore highlight reel:
Something Scary to Think About
The legacy turns into the legend. Runyan Jr. becomes an undersized, interior line version of Daddy Runyan. He's thrown into the mix, joining the plethora of OL monsters Hoke and co. have accrued in the last couple recruiting classes, and becomes the silent assassin in the middle of the trenches.