Michigan Wolverine Recruiting: Sean McKeon 2016 Commit Profile


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Michigan Wolverine Recruiting: Sean McKeon 2016 Commit Profile

GBMWolverine Readers: Here is a overview of University of Michigan recent verbal commitment Sean McKeon.

In a now familiar scenario, an athletic three-star athlete has committed to Head Coach Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverine football program. Sean is from Massachusetts, a state that gets far less than average high school football coverage and star respect. Not that it matters, but if Sean McKeon found himself in different circumstances, there is a chance that rating would go up. Besides residing in New England, Sean is a little light for a big time Division One program. He is not a plug and play incoming freshman (at least not now). So guys like that face ranking skepticism.

Michigan coaches have been recruiting guys like Sean McKeon for several years. The tight end arsenal has been undermanned and several near misses of big time tight end prospects have hurt the cause. The scenario just described is totally unacceptable to the new leader of the pack, a guy who thrives with versatile and tough fullback/h-back types. The tight end position, of value to every program with Harbaugh’s hiring, takes on extra importance.

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So, where will the extra participants come from? Some will be natural, ready to go, traditional end of the line tight ends. But some will be athletes that could play the Y position, or become an H, or even one of the hybrid packages/nomenclature that find a way into an offense. Athletic players of Sean’s size are frequently two-way players in high school So, linebacker, fullback, or tight end become viable landing spots for good and versatile athletes of this type and size. Perhaps even defensive end. But place the chips on tight end.

And so, the trend continues with the commitment of Sean McKeon. Measureables look good with Sean being nearly 6’ 5” and close to 230 pounds. His speed times have quite a lot of variance, anywhere from 4.52 to 4.9, but it how fast you run with pads that matters, and a time of around 4.7 for an incoming tight end is quite sufficient.

Essentially, the new Harbaugh formula of good size, speed, and athleticism again has played a part in offering a slightly under the radar guy. McKeon does a nice job of getting clear and his film shows the ability to run to the boundary, run a seam, or run successful long crossing patterns.

Sean McKeon
Height: 6’4
Weight: 230
Number: 86
Current Position: Tight End
Future Position: Tight End
City/State: Dudley, Massachusetts
High School: Shepherd Hill Regional
Head Coach: Chris Lindstrom
Recruiter: Jay Harbaugh
Committed: 6/15/2015
Top 5 other Offers: Air Force, Boston College, Pitt, Syracuse, and Virginia Tech.
40-Time: 4.69
20 yard Shuttle: 4.58
Vertical: 36.2″
Power Throw: 34′
SPARQ: 97.05
GPA: No GPA listed, but having Columbia and Harvard offering should tell you something.
Class: 2016 Michigan Wolverine Recruiting Class (Verbal Commit).

Follow Sean McKeon: on Twitter

24/7: 3-star.
ESPN: 3-star.
Rivals: 2-star.
Scout: 3-star.

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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.

We have him at 7 footballs today, but he has clear assets to possibly make it to 8.

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.

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  • Overview:

    Sean McKeon is a very good combination of size, speed, and overall athletic ability. He plays tight end and defensive end at the high school level. We at GBMWolverine like him best at tight end. Sean caught 19 passes and scored three touchdowns as a junior. He also recorded 57 tackles and 7.5 sacks at defensive end. No grade point average was listed, but he comes from a prep school with high academic standards and a list of offers shows several Ivy League and other highly ranked eastern academic schools


    Sean has good length and a frame to add needed weight and strength. Film shows very good speed and a solid release from the line of scrimmage. He catches the ball with his hands and is dangerous after the catch. Film also shows he is a willing blocker capable of blocking into the second level. His online blocking should improve as he adds weight and strength. His size and vertical leaping ability (over 31 inches) will make Sean an excellent red zone weapon.

    Concerns/Needs Work:

    Sean definitely needs some time in the weight room to improve strength and add weight. He will also need to improve his agility; he is a bit stiff. Also, Sean plays too upright, both blocking and after the catch. His physicality could also improve, but he seems to be a willing warrior.

    Red-shirt or play his Freshman Year?

    GBMWolverine believes he will likely red-shirt his first year unless the position is decimated by injuries or departures.

    Sean McKeon reminds the GBMWolverine Staff of — Former Michigan Football Player — Jermane Tuman — who played Tight End.

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    2016 Michigan Football Class:

    Michigan currently has eighteen recruits at this time with Erik Swenson (OL), Dele Harding (LB), Brandon Peters (QB), David Reese (FB/LB), Kingston Davis (FB/HB), Matt Falcon (RB), Michael Onwenu (OL), Kiante Enis (RB/Slot), Dytarious Johnson (LB), Chris Evans (Slot/CB), Antwaine Richardson (CB), Rashad Weaver (DE), Sean McKeon (TE), Victor Viramontes (ATH), Josh Metellus (S), Ben Bredeson (OL), Devin Gil (S/LB), and Benjamin St. Juste (CB).

    Final Thoughts:

    We welcome Sean McKeon 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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