Michigan Football Recruiting: Jon Runyan Jr. -- 2015 Commit -- Profile

Posted at 12:00pm — 3/23/2014

Michigan Football Recruiting: Jon Runyan Jr. — 2015 Commit — Profile

GBMWolverine Readers: Here is an overview of recent verbal commitment Jon Runyan Jr..

Initial Thoughts:

In the past glory era of Michigan football, talk always centers on the incredible offensive lines the Wolverines possessed. Names like Hutchinson, Baas, and Runyan pop up almost instantly. Last year the name of legacy Runyon ascended as Wolverine fans became aware of namesake John Runyan Junior.

Jon RunyanSenior Runyan is a Wolverine through and through. He currently is a New Jersey Congressman. He played 14 seasons in the NFL.

Junior Runyan attends St. Joseph Preparatory School in Philadelphia. Like Dad, he has an affinity for Michigan.

Jon Runyan Jr.
Height: 6’4
Weight: 250
Number: 75
Current Position: Offensive Tackle
Future Position: Offensive Guard
City/State: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
High School: St. Joseph’s
Head Coach: Gabe Infante
Recruiter: Coach Darrell Funk
Committed: 6/25/2013
Class: 2015 Michigan Wolverine Recruiting Class (Verbal Commit).
Jon Runyan Jr. 3Follow Jon: on Twitter

Rankings:

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 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.

Overview:

As mentioned he is the son of one of Michigan’s all time top offensive tackles. We here do not do focus much on sophomores. Watching Runyan’s junior film justifies our stance. Runyan’s growth from his sophomore year to his junior season is undeniable. He is bigger, stronger, and noticeably more agile. His film supports why the Michigan staff offered. Runyan Junior plays tackle in high school, but unless he grows a couple of inches Runyan will need to move inside at the college level.

Strengths:

Jon is big and physical, with the frame to continue to add solid weight. Runyan plays the game extremely hard and blocks right up until the whistle. That tenacity also shows in how he finishes his blocks. Runyan Junior comes off the ball low and hard. His film shows solid hand placement and he turns hips well. Jon shows the mobility to both pull and lead and block to the second level. We watched quite a bit of film and saw Runyan off his feet only one time.

Jon Runyan Jr. 6Needs Work / Concerns:

As with most high school linemen Jon must add weight and get stronger. His pass protection also needs an upgrade. He also needs to maintain proper pad level throughout his blocking.

Red-shirt or play his Freshman Year?

GBMWolverine believes he will definitely red-shirt like almost all offensive linemen. Also with the depth chart and talent level in the lower classes now there is no reason to play a true freshman now.

Jon Runyan Jr. reminds the GBMWolverine Staff of — Former Michigan Football Player — Jonathon Goodwin — Offensive Guard.

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Final Thoughts:

We welcome Jon Runyan Jr. 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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