Michigan Football Recruiting: Jared Wangler -- 2014 Time Capsule

Posted at 10:00am — 3/13/2014

Michigan Football Recruiting: Jared Wangler — 2014 Time Capsule

Jared Wangler father Jon is a Michigan legacy, quarterbacking Michigan teams of the late 1970’s. His brother, Jack, is currently a member of the football team. His sister, Halle, is walking onto the Women’s Basketball team. Wangler family should enjoy the frequent visits at athletic venues during the next few years.

GBMWolverine Readers: Here is a overview of University of Michigan 2014 Signed Commit Jared Wangler.
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Height: 6’2
Weight: 215
Birthday: December 20, 1995
Number: 2
Current Position: Outside linebacker, safety, wide receiver and H-back.
Future Position: Linebacker
City/State: Warren, Michigan
High School: De La Salle Collegiate
Head Coach: Paul Verska
Recruiter: Coach Fred Jackson and Roy Manning
Official Visit: 12/13/2013
Committed: 8/09/2013
Top Offers: Cincinnati, LSU, Michigan State, Penn State, and Yale.
40 Yard Dash: 4.56
Vertical: 35″
GPA: 3.8
All-Star Game: 2014 Under Armour All-America Game
Class: 2014 Michigan Wolverine Recruiting Class (Signed).

Jared Wangler 6Follow Jared: on Twitter

Coach Hoke on Wangler:

“Jared started as a safety as a junior and moved down closer to the box as he got bigger. He’s very physical and runs well. Obviously his dad, John, is a legacy here. He loves hard work, loves the game of football.”

Key Stats:

Totaled 115 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions and one sack on defense and hauled in 25 receptions for 279 yards and one touchdown on offense during his career. Registered 46 tackles and 3.0 tackles for loss as a senior. Recorded 45 tackles, 5.5 TFLs and one sack as a junior.


Named to the Detroit Free Press All-State Dream Team. Garnered first-team All-Metro East accolades from the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press. Attended but did not participate due to injury in the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game.


Jared Wangler’s father, John, played quarterback at Michigan (1977-80). His brother, Jack, is a freshman wide receiver for the Wolverines. Sister, Halle, is a red-shirt sophomore guard on the Michigan women’s basketball team.


24/7: star 7 star 7 star 7.
ESPN: star 7 star 7 star 7.
Rivals: star 7 star 7 star 7.
Scout: star 7 star 7 star 7.

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.

His Recruiting Story:

Jared committed to Penn State earlier in his recruiting process before Michigan offered or seemed really interested. “Coach Hoke said they have been evaluating me. Originally they were planning on taking three linebackers for this class, but things change and they want to take four and they want to take me as the fourth. He said I know it’s a tough position I’m putting you in, but stay in touch and talk it over with your family.” Wangler admitted that it was a tough decision to leave his Penn State commitment, but Michigan was on the only school that he would’ve left the Penn State for.

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His Commitment Comments:

I have been going to Michigan since I was a little kid so it was kind of like a dream come true. It was definitely really special to me. Especially, because I have the opportunity to play with my brother and with Shane (Morris), who is one of my best friends, and play where my dad played. I just think it’s a cool opportunity.”

“Also, I just sat down with them and talked and got to know them more as people than coaches. And I really felt comfortable with them.” After checking out the Big House and the facilities, Wangler took an opportunity to soak in the Michigan practice. “And then we went back and watched practice, it was cool. I got to watch Shane and then I got to watch my brother. And then I went over and watched the Sam linebackers and a little bit of the Will linebackers.”

GBMWolverine Commentary:

Our pick as sleeper of the class. We feel we is under rated by the services and fan base.

Wangler, if one breaks down all of the linebacker attributes, does well on most, but does not demonstrate any great strength. His strength is his collective, overall ability.

Jared Wangler 3Overview:

Jared is the son of former UM QB Johnny Wangler. He plays for Warren De La Salle, one of the top programs in Michigan. Jared is a former safety who has grown into a linebacker.

He has excellent measurable: 4.56 40, a 35 inch vertical jump, and is an excellent student with a 3.8 GPA.
Wangler, if one breaks down all of the linebacker attributes, does well on most, but does not demonstrate any great strength. His strength is his collective, overall ability.


Being a former safety, Jared’s coverage skills are very good. He has enough speed and athletic ability to play in space over #2s/slots. Jared runs well for his size and has a good burst and closing speed. He tackles very well and explodes right through ball carriers.

Concerns/Needs Work:

Jared needs to continue to add weight and strength. He lacks experience playing in the phone booth, so must learn to use his hands and take on blocks. Shedding blockers will be a big priority.

Red-shirt or play his Freshman Year?

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

Jared Wangler reminds the GBMWolverine Staff of — Former Michigan Football Player — A poor man’s Larry Foote — who played (LB).

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Final Thoughts:

He got his offer from his dream school, his father’s school, his brother’s school, his sister’s school, and now his school. Penn State fans shouldn’t be to upset with him changing his commitment because of those reasons and they had plenty of time to find another recruit and with them losing their coach to the Houston Texans it probably worked out best for both him and PSU. Would have been different if it happened so close to signing day with their new coach and getting a late offer close to signing day as well.

We welcome Jared Wangler 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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