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Michigan Football Recruiting: Dan Samuelson (OL) — 2013 Wolverine Verbal Commit — Profile


Posted at 6:00am — 1/15/2013

Michigan Football Recruiting: Dan Samuelson (OL) — 2013 Wolverine Verbal Commit — Profile

GBMWolverine readers: Here is a brief overview of recent verbal commitment Dan Samuelson from Plymouth High School — Plymouth, Indiana.

Height: 6’5
Weight: 285
Number: 74
Current Position: Offensive Line
Future Position: Offensive Line
City/State: Plymouth, Indiana
High School: Plymouth
Head Coach: John Barron
Recruiter: Coach Jeff Hecklinski
Official Visit: 1/11/2013
Committed: 1/12/2013
Top 5 other Offers: Nebraska (former commit), Illinois, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, and Wake Forest.
Rankings: 24/7: 3-star … ESPN: 3-star … GBMWolverine: 3 3/4-footballs … Rivals: 3-star … Scout: 4-star.
40-Time: 5.3
Bench Max: 315
Squat Max: 405
Vertical: 26″
GPA: 3.6
Class: 2013 Michigan Wolverine Recruiting Class (Verbal Commit).

Dan Samuelson for months was committed to the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Somewhere his interest waned and Michigan entered the recruiting picture. It did not hurt that on an unofficial visit Samuelson liked Ann Arbor, and it certainly helped Michigan that Lincoln, Nebraska was a long distance from Indiana.

Samuelson is an all around athlete and has more skills than just plowing a smaller guy backward. He is a very strong student, and Michigan should be a good fit for young Samuelson.

Dan can play either guard or tackle, or so the talk goes. He has good size at 6’ 5” or so, and his weight has been reported at between 275-285 pounds. Watch some highlight film and one can see he pushes his man backward well on straight ahead run blocking and seems adept at gaining leverage and turning the defenders shoulders sideways. On the surface it appears he gets to the next level with some good speed.


Samuelson definitely passes the sight test. He is a big and physical two-way high school linemen, who we think ends up playing offensive line at Michigan. Samuelson shows the sought after combination of size and athletic ability that will allow him to play anywhere on the offensive line. He throws the shot and discus and we read he can dunk a basketball. He is a solid student with a 3.6 GPA.


In the mold of what the Michigan coaching staff wants, Samuelson is an super physical linemen who plays the game with an edge and nasty streak we love. On film he has literally driven defenders 20 yards off the line of scrimmage and then buried them! Samuelson gets off the ball quickly and plays with solid leverage and pad level. As mentioned above he also shows the ability to get to the 2nd level. Clearly, he moves his feet extremely well for a 275+ pounder.

Concerns/Needs Work:

Dan will need to add strength and solid body weight, as do most high school players. Pass pro will need to improve and his punch could be a bit more consistent. We also are always a bit concerned when a player comes from a smaller school. That level of competition can make evaluation a bit tricky.

Final Thoughts:

We welcome Dan Samuelson 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.

Dan Samuelson reminds the GBMWolverine Staff of — Current Michigan Football Player — Michael Schofield — who plays on the offensive line.

Bottom Line:

Any offensive linemen that former Wisconsin offensive line coach Paul Chryst (Pittsburgh Head Coach now) likes is good enough for us.

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