Michigan Football Recruiting: Bryan Mone — 2014 Time Capsule
Bryan Mone is already on campus getting ready for spring practice to start February 25th. While enrolled early not only gets him prepared for spring football, but also getting acclimated in a few classes as well and being a student-athlete at the college level eight months ahead of the normal student at the University of Michigan.
GBMWolverine Readers: Here is a overview of University of Michigan 2014 Signed Commit Bryan Mone.
Birthday: October 20, 1995
Current Position: Defensive Line
Future Position: Defensive Tackle
City/State: Salt Lake City, Utah
High School: Highland
Head Coach: Brody Benson
Recruiter: Coach Greg Mattison and Coach Dan Ferrigno
Official Visit: 09/06/2013
Top Offers: Arizona State, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, and Wisconsin.
All-Star Game: 2014 Under Armour All-America Game.
Class: 2014 Michigan Wolverine Recruiting Class (Signed).
Follow Bryan: on Twitter
Coach Hoke on Mone:
“Bryan’s a plugger, a guy who’s athletic in the middle. He got here in January and is working on getting in shape. He’s from Highland High School, the same high school as Sione (Houma). He’s a guy who’s really physical at the point of attack.”
Totaled 144 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and 6.0 sacks during career. Registered 35 tackles (all solo) and 6.0 TFLs as a senior. Posted 70 tackles, 10.0 TFLs and 3.0 sacks as a junior. Recorded 39 tackles and 3.0 sacks as a sophomore.
Participated in the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game.
Note: Stars do matter, but are not absolute in predicting success within a football program. So, with that in mind the GBMWolverine Staff has cleverly come up with a new system of ranking. We are using footballs instead of stars, how can one argue against a system that clever? Below are the interpretations of football power predicted way too boldly long before it matters. In other words, we will give informed opinion with the crystal ball and let the players determine what will happen through years of hard work.
Criteria: Raw talent, athleticism, position of need, intangibles.
10 footballs: Instant impact player.
9 footballs: Three or four-year starter at a high level.
8 footballs: A starter with all league potential.
7 footballs: A meaningful starter at some time during a career.
6 footballs: A spot starter or special teams player.
5 footballs: Not in the two deep after a two years.
4 footballs: Never made it.
1-3 footballs: See the above.
Remember just as we did during the season with grading positions or groups we are very tough graders and expect a lot out of those positions or players so this is no different here.
His Recruiting Story:
Coach Hoke told me the top thing about being a Michigan player is your character. He was just talking about how you should act and what you should be like. I like him a lot.” That his good friend Houma speaks highly of the brass in Ann Arbor only serves to enhance that positive impression. As a matter of fact Houma’s mere presence enhances his view of Michigan altogether. “Wow… when I saw (Houma) I just wanted to give him a big kiss,” Mone said laughingly. “He is loving it (at Michigan) so far. It just feels like home to me.”
His head coach said: “I think it helped having Sione Houma out there for one,” said Benson. Then when he was able to talk to Coach Hoke when he was out there in November, he just felt real good about it. He described it as a family, and that’s what he wanted with where he went to college… to have a close bunch… both players and coaches. He said he felt really strongly that Michigan was the right place. He really likes the coaching staff and he is really excited to be heading out there.”
“As far as his leadership ability, he is definitely a dominating presence. When he speaks he is not a huge rah-rah guy, but when he talks he wants people to listen to him. They fall in and they listen. They know that he is about the team, that he wants what’s best for the team, and that he is willing to do the work. He is awesome to have. I wish I had a couple more like him so I could get him off the field and talk to him a little bit more during the game about what’s going on because he sees things. He is not a kid who just runs out there and aimlessly follows the football. He reads what teams are trying to do.”
Might be the most important recruit. Michigan lacks big bodies on the defensive line. Michigan is still looking for more dominating defensive line help, even with the classes of 2012 and 2013. The 4-3 under defense needs inside defensive tackles that can occupy two men, letting quick tackles and defensive end get into the backfield. Michigan may have solved one-half of the future concern with the commitment of massive tackle Bryan Mone. Michigan’s next task almost certainly is to secure an All-American quality defensive rush end that can make everyone on the opposing offense just plain miserable. What makes this commitment somewhat special is the obvious conclusion that Mone has pretty good speed for a guy pushing 320 pounds. Michigan has been seriously recruiting Mone for several months.
Bryan Mone definitely passes the initial look test. He is a big, physical defensive tackle with a frame to play at a solid 320 pounds, or more. He has been a 3-year starter. Bryan could play on either side of the ball, but he is a kid with defensive aptitudes that are at a premium. We think defensive tackle is his likely destination. Bryan has the skill to play either 1 or 3 tech. We have read he can do 8 chins at 300+ pounds and that he is good student.
Size is definitely a strength for Bryan Mone. He also shows surprising agility and quickness for a jumbo athlete. He gets off the ball quickly and plays with an edge. Mone is relentless in pursuit and plays until the whistle. He shows solid club and swim moves, and fights a double team very well. His agility and speed enables Mone to exhibit a good change of direction.
Mone will need to be a bit more consistent with his pad level. He also needs to use his hands better. Film shows that he can get cut, if he punches with his hands earlier that will be less of an issue.
Red-shirt or play his Freshman Year?
GBMWolverine believes he will hopefully red-shirt his first year, but he could be forced into early action. We like to see all offensive linemen and defensive linemen red-shirt if possible.
Bryan Mone reminds the GBMWolverine Staff of — Former Michigan Football Player — Alan Branch — who played Defensive Line.
On film we have witnessed Mone twist, line up inside on offensive guard’s, and twist outside the offensive tackle and still be able to maintain proper leverage on the quarterback. That is Impressive!
We welcome Bryan Mone 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!
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