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Michigan Football Recruiting -- Ben Gedeon (Linebacker) -- 2013 Wolverine Verbal Commit -- Profile

Posted at 6:00am — 4/12/2012

Michigan Football Recruiting — Ben Gedeon (Linebacker) — 2013 Wolverine Verbal Commit — Profile

GBMWolverine readers: Here is a brief overview of recent verbal commitment Ben Gedeon from Hudson High School — Hudson, Ohio.

Height: 6’3
Weight: 215
Number: 15
Current Position: Linebacker, Running Back, and Quarterback
Future Position: Linebacker
City/State: Hudson, Ohio
High School: Hudson
Head Coach: Ron Wright
Recruiter: Coach Greg Mattison
Committed: 4/10/2012
Top 5 other Offers: Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, and Stanford.
Rankings: 24/7: 4-star … ESPN: ESPNU150 … FanSided: 4-star … Rivals: 4-star … Scout: 4-star.
GPA: 4.3
Class: 2013 Michigan Wolverine Recruiting Class (Verbal Commit).

Opening Comment

A few weeks ago Michigan followers were anxiously awaiting a decision by young Ben Gedeon to play his football at the University of Michigan.

While not a certainty, everything at the time of Gedeon’s visit indicated at the least a very strong interest and at the most a visit as close to a commitment but not a commitment as possible.

Now Ben Gedeon has committed to play for the University of Michigan and the fit appears to be near perfect. Read on below for more information.


Ben plays linebacker, running back, and even some quarterback for Hudson, one of the better programs in Ohio.

Hudson had an excellent 10-2 record in 2011 and made the 2nd round of the D1 play offs.

Ben also plays on the Hudson basketball team.

An excellent student, with a 4.3 GPA, Ben should be at home with the academic side of college.

Here is a true student athlete and Michigan followers should be absolutely delighted that Gedeon has committed to the Blue Nation.


Gedeon is a Wolverine -- Photo by K.M. Klemencic (Cleveland.com)

Ben Gedeon has shown excellent improvement between his sophomore and junior seasons and he definitely passes the sight test.

Ben is an excellent athlete who plays sideline to sideline.

He certainly shows a high football IQ and reads plays very well.

Further Ben is very good playing in space and in coverage.

Needs work:

Ben is a bit stiff at times and will have to work on his overall agility.

Having said that note that Ben has already made great leaps in improving this small flaw.

At the next level Ben will need to be a bit more physical at the point of -attack. But, again, he has shown considerable improvement.

Final Thoughts:

The true bottom line is Michigan has secured a commitment from a great kid, great student, and potentially a great footballer.

This is the type of kid who ends up as a team captain.

And if all goes well, Ben Gedeon should after four or five years wear the mantle of Michigan Man proudly and become an impressive representative of the University of Michigan.

There is no attempt to canonize here within, but every football program in America will gladly take a Jack Armstrong type who can play several linebacker spots.

We welcome Ben Gedeon to Michigan and hope he has a successful career on and off the football field as a student-athlete at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

Red-shirt or play his Freshman Year?

GBMWolverine believes he will likely red-shirt his first year to continue to add weight and get stronger along with the class of linebackers we have gotten from the 2012 class for some separation.

Ben Gedeon reminds the GBMWolverine Staff of — Former Michigan Football Player — Jarrett Irons — who played linebacker along with a bit like Ohio State’s All-American linebacker A.J. Hawk.

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