Brady Hoke doesn’t do too many things wrong, and recruiting is one thing he never seems to mess up, so the addition to the shortened 2014 class has another member, Bryan Mone.
The Utah native was never shy when he spoke about Michigan, so when the news broke that Mone had committed to Michigan on Tuesday, few were surprised. Michigan is a team who has had a few big names in their recruiting class prior to ’14, but the rich seem to get richer as the process continues for Hoke and Company. With a defensive line that could include players like Taco Charlton, Henry Poggi, Bryan Mone and Ondre Pipkins and in one, these next few classes for Michigan could be ones that lead them to hoisting a crystal ball over their head before its all said and done.
Mone is a player that could change a defense entirely, and he does remind me a little of Baltimore’s Haloti Ngata. The Ngata comparison may seem a bit much for a player who isn’t even out of High School yet, however, Greg Mattison is a coach who could mould Mone into one of the elites in the country. Mone possesses unreal strength from the defensive end and tackle position, and he could play both the positions extremely well. He also is quick off the ball and that really helps him use that brute strength of his to overpower his opponents, and get to the quarterback or ball carrier. A lot of players from 2012-’14 will have a chance to get to the ball carrier, and you can add Mone to this list as well.
Rarely ever is there a player who has so much potential and is already committed a year in advance of their signing day. Mone will have a nice chance to excel in the defensive scheme run by Mattison, and will have a lot of help from fellow commit, Michael Ferns. Ferns is going to allow Mone to play to his highest ability, and the two will be a deadly combo on the defensive side of the ball. Charlton, Poggi and Hurst Jr. also are going to make Mone better by opening up the gaps for Mone to get to.
Furthermore, Mone has all the ability in the world, and you can see it on the game film, but will obviously have to work on some things. His frame is great, at 315 pounds already, so that’s one less thing to worry about. He will, however, have to maintain that strength and power he brings to the table, so the weight room and technique he has should be sharpened up a bit more.
Overall, Bryan Mone is going to be a stud for the maize and blue, it’s only a matter of time. He will be grateful for Mattison, and the recruiting done by Coach Hoke. He’s a nice addition to the school, and a nice addition to the defense that will be coming in.
As always, Go Blue!