Michigan Football Recruiting: Brady Pallante -- 2014 Time Capsule

Posted at 7:00am — 2/14/2014

Michigan Football Recruiting: Brady Pallante — 2014 Time Capsule

Brady Pallante was the second recruit out of the remaining nine not on campus already to sign and send in his letter of intent on signing day.

GBMWolverine Readers: Here is a overview of University of Michigan 2014 Signed Commit Brady Pallante.
Brady Pallante 3
Height: 6’1
Weight: 255
Birthday: February 20, 1995
Number: 52
Current Position: Defensive Tackle
Future Position: Defensive Tackle
City/State: Naples, Florida
High School: Barron Collier
Head Coach: Dan Pallante
Recruiters: Coach Greg Mattison and Jeff Hecklinski
Official Visit: 11/26/2013
Committed: 4/5/2013
Top Offer: Appalachian State
Bench: 370
Squat: 580
40-Time: 5.0
Class: 2014 Michigan Wolverine Recruiting Class (Signed).

Brady Pallante 5Follow Brady: on Twitter

Coach Hoke on Pallante:

“Brady is very physical, won the state championship in wrestling as a junior. He’s very good with his hands, a very good technician inside.”

Key Stats:

Recorded 42 tackles, 1.0 sack and one fumble recovery as a senior.


Lettered in Wrestling and won the Florida Class 2A state championship in the heavyweight division as a junior.


24/7: .
Rivals: .
Scout: .

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.

GBMWolverine Rankings: .

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.

Side Note:

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.

Brady Pallante 4His Recruiting Story:

“Coach Mattison told me to give him a call after I finished it.” “So I gave him a call when I got home. It was about six o’clock, we just started talking and he brought up the fact that they were going to offer me a full scholarship.” Michigan’s extension of the gray shirt scholarship offer served as news Pallante had been waiting on for quite a while. “To me, it means everything,” said Pallante. “It’s what I’ve dreamed about since I started playing football, is to be offered a division one scholarship to the University of Michigan. We talked a while ago and — this is a place I always dreamed of playing at.” “I’ve been talking to my parents for a couple months now about options and where would be the best place for me to play — just all of these different opportunities that have come and will be coming to you. They’re (Michigan) right there at the top of the list.” Camping in Ann Arbor, having the opportunity to receive one-on-one coaching from Mattison, and coach Brady Hoke, Pallante’s familiarity and understanding of Michigan from a football perspective couldn’t be much greater. But the Pallante’s would like to sit down with the staff to discuss their plans for the future on and off the field — part of the reason the 6-1, 270 pound tackle stopped himself from pulling the trigger. “I wanted to say it so bad, but I knew that wasn’t the best thing to say right there,” said Pallante laughing. “I think my parents would have been pretty mad at me. But as bad as I wanted to, I think the best thing to do was to thank coach Mattison, sit on it a little bit, and still take the time to discuss it with my parents.” “The first thing, before I make my decision to go anywhere, I want to sit down with my parents and coach Hoke or any head coach — just to discuss specific details.”

Brady Pallante 7His Commitment Comments:

It’s the most exciting thing ever, just being committed to such a program,” Brady Pallante said. “The staff here is just incredible. To be committed to a program with such tradition and so much meaning, it’s just crazy.” He visited Michigan with his parents Friday and while the family was with Coach Hoke in his office, Pallante made his commitment official. “I said, ‘this is where I need to be, this is home for me.’ Coach Hoke, he’s such a great guy, and I know I’m going to be taken care of, it’s just awesome.” Pallante camped at Michigan last summer and got to work a little bit with Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison, a man he’s thrilled to learn from in the future. “He’s got so much experience and so much knowledge. Working with him was just great. There’s so many things that he can teach you to make your game better, he knows so much about the game of football. I’m just so excited to play for him,” Pallante said. The 6-foot-1, 270-pound tackle knows he may not be the biggest guy on the defensive line, but he has a lot to offer the Wolverines. “I’m only about 6-foot-1, I’m not 6-foot-3 or 6-foot-4 like most guys are, so for me, it’s probably my strength and quickness getting off the ball, my ability to stay low and my leverage against guys that are 6-foot-4 or 6-foot-5 offensive lineman (that make me valuable),” he said. Pallante is excited about the 2014 recruiting class at Michigan and has already been developing relationships with the other commits. He has some big expectations for what they’ll do in their time there. “I’m just so excited to play for such a program. There’s not much else I could say.”

Brady Pallante 6GBMWolverine Commentary:

Think he ends up playing more than many of the pundits. Tough kid who plays an important niche role.

It started out that a grey shirt offer was made to Brady and he quickly accepted which means he won’t technically be part of the 2014 class, but will count towards the 2015 recruiting class, but as he recruitment went on they decided to offer him a scholarship for the 2014 recruiting class. Brady is a Florida wrestling state champion. His ranking (unranked) is likely due to his size and the reality that ratings are coming earlier and earlier. Brady has been to football camp in Ann Arbor and the coaches liked what they saw. Pallante bleeds blue and is the type of guy who will probably be low maintenance and a great program guy. His father recently named head coach at his school was originally a football coach in Ohio. Of note is the belief that the GBMWolverine Staff believes he will contribute. Pallante is a strong kid, the type that ends up playing a ton with effort and improvement.


Pallante has the perfect build for a nose tackle or 1 technique tackle. He is the 2013 Florida State Heavyweight Wrestling Champion. Pallante recorded 56 tackles and 6 sacks last season. He lists some very impressive strength numbers including a 370 bench press and a 580 squat. Reportedly, Pallante is a very good student.


Pallante shows the perfect aptitude to play NT/1 tech. He keeps his pads very low and does not over penetrate. He keeps his feet moving and does a good job of getting off of blocks. He is solid against doubles and combination blocks. And best of all, plays the game with that nasty edge and physical aggressiveness we love.

Concerns/Needs Work:

Brady is a bit inconsistent and slow with his hands. He needs to be quicker and more violent with them, including his punch. He has a habit of letting offensive linemen get into his body. He sheds the blocks at a high school level, but this is not as easy to do at the major college level. We are also concerned with his arm length.

Red-shirt or play his Freshman Year?

GBMWolverine believes he will definitely red-shirt his first year.

Brady Pallante reminds the GBMWolverine Staff of — Former Michigan Football Player — Rob Renes — who played Defensive Line. Many are comparing Pallante to Mike Martin, but we are more old-school and we see more Rob Renes to his game.

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Final Thoughts:

We really like Pallante. He is the type of athlete you build a defensive line around.

We welcome Brady Pallante 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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