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Four-star Henry Poggi is ranked the No. 2 defensive tackle in the country, and we'll tell you why in this From the Film Room freebie. Poggi committed to the Wolverines Monday, becoming the 20th recruit in Michigan's 2013 class ...
Our anonymous talent evaluator is a former All-Big Ten first-team performer for the Wolverines.
Strengths: Henry Poggi stands 6-5 and uses his size to his advantage. He has a nice defensive lineman's stance that allows him to move up field with balance. He shows the ability to use his hands with a high level of leverage. He has good ball awareness on the field as the play develops. This is shown by his ability to get rid of blockers and keep an eye on the ball at the same time.
Poggi tackles well by using his long arms to wrap up ball carriers. He shows a good sense of when the blocker is off-balance and quickly takes advantage of it. He shows a good motor by tracking down the ball and using good angles to make tackles.
This young man is a smart player for his age, which will pay dividends as he gets older.
Areas of Improvement: Poggi plays too high out of his stance. Good offensive linemen will take advantage of his exposed chest and block him. He will need to use his quickness to get up field faster and dismiss blocks. He will also need to develop his hand work to control blockers and gain leverage toward the ball.
Poggi easily tosses undersized high school opponents aside. This is great but offensive linemen at the next level will not be so easily dismissed. Technique development will greatly help him when he transitions to the college game.
College Projection: Defensive Tackle (3- or 5-technique)
Michigan Player Comparison - Glenn Steele, 1994-97: Steele played strong and tough. He played several seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals and was a leader on the 1997 National Championship team.
The Bottom Line: Poggi joins an impressive group of high school players that have set their sights on Michigan. Anyone with a clue about championship football teams will tell you that it all begins in the trenches. Poggi will help Michigan rise to the levels that are expected. He has great size and athletic ability that will fit well in the Big Ten. He has room to grow and develop his body to become a dominant defensive lineman.
He already shows a great level of awareness on the field and has solid instincts for the ball, as well as what his opponents are trying to do to him.
The toughest defensive linemen to block are not always the most biggest and fastest - the toughest defensive linemen to block are the biggest, fastest, and the smartest. Poggi can be that kind of player, and Michigan will welcome him to the program.