Chris Rock is #5

Yesterday news broke that Columbus (OH) DeSales DE Chris Rock committed to Michigan. Rock is a 6"5, 250 lb strong-side defensive end prospect who has been high on Michigan's recruiting board for some time.

Rock had near-double digit offers from programs including Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Oregon, and West Virginia. At this time Rock is a three-star to Scout, and while he's on the rivals 250 watchlist, most Michigan fans seem to know very little about Rock.

In a normal recruiting cycle Rock probably would have been more heavily recruited by Ohio State, but the Buckeyes took early commitments from Defensive Ends Steve Miller and Kenny Hayes. With that being said, Rock is a very good athlete and a solid pass-rusher. He's not quite as quick off the line of scrimmage as Craig Roh, but has a very good build and could potentially add another 15-20 lbs to his frame.

At times, Rock was a dominant player on a very solid defense. The biggest criticism I've heard of him, especially from Buckeye fans, was his inconsistency. In some games, Rock would be absolutely be dominant, while in others, his name would rarely be called by the announcers.

Notre Dame was heavily recruiting Rock to play as a defensive end in their 3-4 scheme, and with Michigan's move to a 3-3-5 look Rock will be a perfect fit as a larger-sized defensive end, similar to current junior Ryan Van Bergen.

What does this mean for the rest of the class? Michigan will likely pursue another defensive end like Corey Marshall or Deion Barnes. With only 12 or so scholarships to give out right now, look for the coaching staff add at least another linebacker or two (Frost, Jackson), and at least one defensive tackle (Cooper). Michigan is still in the mix for a number of cornerbacks and safeties, and with only 3 offensive linemen taken in the past two classes, that area will obviously continue to be a heavy focus of recruiting.

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