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Michigan Football Recruiting -- Henry Poggi (Defensive Line) -- 2013 Wolverine Verbal Commit -- Profile

Posted at 7:00am — 6/5/2012

Michigan Football Recruiting — Henry Poggi (Defensive Line) — 2013 Wolverine Verbal Commit — Profile

GBMWolverine readers: Here is a brief overview of recent verbal commitment Henry Poggi from Gilman High School — Baltimore, Maryland.

Height: 6’4
Weight: 260
Number: 7
Current Position: Defensive Tackle
Future Position: Defensive Tackle
City/State: Baltimore, Maryland
High School: Gilman
Head Coach: Biff Poggi
Recruiter: Coach Jerry Montgomery
Committed: 6/4/2012
Top 5 other Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Notre Dame, and Ohio State.
Rankings: 24/7: 4-star … ESPN: 4-star … FanSided: 4-star … Rivals: 4-star … Scout: 4-star.
40-Time: 4.7
GPA: 3.4
Class: 2013 Michigan Wolverine Recruiting Class (Verbal Commit).

Two areas of concern regarding Michigan football recruiting have bubbled up for discussion the past few months: wide receiver and defensive tackle. Michigan has made progress with two wide out commitments and this weekend two defensive tackle commits. Poggi plays for a very successful high school (Gilman) from the Baltimore area. His team is loaded with talent heading into the 2012 football season. Any time you can get a defensive tackle with this much athletic ability and quickness it is a good thing. When you out recruit Alabama and Coach Nick Saban it is even better.


Henry Poggi comes from a football family. Poggi’s father is a high school coach and both brothers play college football. Poggi plays defensive tackle and tight end/h-back for one of the top high school programs in Maryland. He recorded 49 tackles, 11 TFL, and 10 sacks as a junior. Poggi also throws the shot put for the track team. Henry is a good student with a reported 3.4 GPA.


As one watches film on Poggi, two words keep coming to mind, tough and smart. He plays the game of football with high effort and a good physical edge. Henry is a very good athlete who plays the game with lots of energy and a high motor. He also is an excellent blocking tight end with super quick feet. Related to his athleticism, Poggi moves well for a player his size. His film shows good potential as an inside pass rusher.


Poggi does lack the ideal size for a major college defensive tackle. He will need to add some good weight and plenty of strength. As with all interior defensive linemen he will also need to watch his weight as to not lose his quickness and athletic ability. In college Poggi will also need to learn to play horizontally as well as vertically.

Final Thoughts:

If you like football film, Poggi’s will delight you. Sometimes he has the wow effect. His 6’ 4” size provides room for at least 20-25 pounds of good weight. Poggi’s straight-line speed in the high 4.7’s is indicative of his potential speed. Many good linebackers run 4.65- 4.70. He prides himself on speed, smarts, and total effort. Poggi mentioned that he expects a coach to support and push him. That should be no problem at Michigan.

And so in three days, Michigan has landed two solid prospects at defensive interior line. Hurst will probably settle in anywhere from a 0 to a 3 tech tackle and Poggi will more than likely work at 5 and 3 technique. But time changes plans and who knows for sure.

Well he we go again! Michigan lands another routine 4-star player, who is a high motor kid, smart, good student, analytical, and a class act. It seems like bunches of this type of player are matriculating to Ann Arbor. The view here is to keep the floodgates open. This class is turning into what was promised, something special. It may or may not lack the homerun elites that USC and Bama possess, but there are tons of doubles that will be flying around the field.

We welcome Henry Poggi 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.

Henry Poggi reminds the GBMWolverine Staff of — Former Michigan Football Player — Chris Hutchinson — who played Defensive Tackle.

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