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Michigan Football Recruiting: Channing Stribling (CB) -- 2013 Wolverine Verbal Commit -- Profile

Posted at 4:30am — 6/22/2012

Michigan Football Recruiting: Channing Stribling (CB) — 2013 Wolverine Verbal Commit — Profile

GBMWolverine readers: Here is a brief overview of recent verbal commitment Channing Stribling from Butler High School — Matthews, North Carolina.

Height: 6’2
Weight: 170
Number: 8
Current Position: Defensive Back / Receiver
Future Position: Cornerback
City/State: Matthews, North Carolina
High School: Butler
Head Coach: Brian Hales
Committed: 6/21/2012
Top 5 other Offers: Ball State, Charlotte, Hampton, Howard, and North Carolina State.
Rankings: 24/7: 3-star … ESPN: N/R … FanSided: 3-star … Rivals: 2-star … Scout: 2-star.
40-Time: 4.5
Class: 2013 Michigan Wolverine Recruiting Class (Verbal Commit).

Opening Statement:

Hello Muddah. Here I am at Camp Ann Arbor. And Mom, I was offered by Michigan. Coach Hoke, I accept and am happy to be a Wolverine. Thousands of players dream about walking into a major college summer camp virtually unknown and come away with a virtual/real offer. Few achieve this end.

So, what happened with young Channing to beat the odds? First, he is a high level all-around athlete; excellent would not be a misleading moniker. Second, he is tall at 6’ 2” and plays with a smooth gate and has very nice hip movement and turn. Third, he has that twitch, that instant quick movement, that few kids above 6 foot have. Fourth, over the course of several hours of hard work, Channing showed his coverage skills not to be a fluke; he covered and covered. Fifth, he is versatile in that he could play big corner, safety, or ever wideout. His ball skills look pretty good on film. Last, the ever-present term upside can be applied to his commitment. Channing has not played much defensive back but showed enough raw ability to catch the eyes of several coaches. He will fill out.

And so another good athlete who had thoughts of wanting to be a Wolverine did so. Follow on to the overview below.


Channing is a three-sport star at one of the top schools in North Carolina, Butler High School in Matthews, North Carolina (a delightful small town by the way). He averaged 12 points a game in basketball and placed 3rd in the State in the Triple Jump. Football wise, Channing plays both ways, but we (and most if not all) think he is destined to play cornerback at Michigan. Channing caught 35 passes and intercepted another 5 as a junior.

Strengths: Channing has great length for a cornerback, including very long arms. He is smooth and fluid, which is surprising for a player this long. Film shows very good quickness and very little wasted movement. At his weight he is not a huge hitter, but does not shy away from contact. Channing possesses good explosion and outstanding jumping ability.


Channing definitely needs to spend mega time with Coach Wellman getting bigger and stronger. He is definitely not a burner, or, as stated above, a big hitter. But we think that adding some quality muscle will help quite a bit in these areas. It might even help improve some of his strengths.

Final Thoughts:

This offer came out of the blue, and Channing ended up blue. The young man just earned a full ride to a world-class university and the bet here is he knows and appreciates the impact his camp visit had on his life. Guys that work hard to earn offers frequently work hard to get on the field, and do not moan about special team assignments, etc. Will this flyer work out for the Wolverines? All of the flyers this year are big athletes that have good speed: Conley and Stribling fit the same description, but one happens to be better known than the other. Will Stribling end up at safety in three or four years? Could be so, and there is a long shot that he could play a little wideout and return some kicks. The key and operative word to Channing’s use on the roster is possibilities, and this is brought about by his combo of size and athleticism. Butler is strong and his progress this year should be fun to watch.

We welcome Channing Stribling 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.

Channing Stribling reminds the GBMWolverine Staff of — Former Michigan Football Player — Jeremy LeSuer — who played cornerback.

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