Michigan has picked up their third commitment of the day via a commitment from 2015 Defensive End Shelton Johnson. Shelton’s decision came down to Florida State and Michigan, with Shelton deciding he’s going to head north to Ann Arbor for his collegiate career.
Stats and Rankings:
High School: Atlantic (Delray Beach, FL)
Position: Defensive End
24/7 Rating: 4 stars, #16 SDE
ESPN Rating: 3 stars, #36 DE
Rivals Rating: 3 stars, #37 WDE
Scout Rating: 4 stars, #291 Overall, #27 DE
Other Offers: Florida State, Miami, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Mississippi State
Three weeks ago, Michigan didn't have a single pass-rusher in their 2015 recruiting class. Now, they have two. Shelton gets off the line very quick and does a good job of using his hands to break past the line of scrimmage. Has the ability to lineup on the inside or outside. Standing at 6'5 has the ideal frame to play defensive end at the college level, but will have to add on more muscle mass, as he only weighs 225 pounds. Very athletic for someone his size, and gets off the line with good speed. Does an excellent job of getting low on blockers and keeping his feet moving, which causes the lineman to fall back on their heels and become off balanced. Very aggressive with hand movements. A very solid pass-rusher but will have to work on stopping the run. Does a good job of tackling and often brings the ball carrier to the ground without help of teammates.
To be honest, I’m surprised Michigan was able to land Johnson. Florida State has done one heck of a job in recruiting the past few years, and it’s not very often an in-state kid that they want, decides to spurn them to head elsewhere. Michigan now boasts three recruits from the state of Florida in their 2015 recruiting class.
Shelton becomes Michigan’s 13th commitment in the 2015 recruiting class joining; CB Keith Washington, RB Karan Higdon, DE Reuben Jones, QB Zach Gentry, WR Grant Perry, OL Nolan Ulizio, OL Jon Runyan Jr., K Andrew David, QB Alex Malzone, DB Tyree Kinnel, and WR Brian Cole.