Michigan football missed out on four-star offensive lineman Andrew Gentry, who committed to Virginia over the Wolverines. Yet, there are still options.
Recruiting is often a mixed bag of ups and downs, wins and losses. That was certainly the case for Michigan football this week, which landed a commitment from four-star defensive end Jaylen Harrell while losing out on four-star offensive lineman Andrew Gentry.
Gentry was a prospect that Michigan football had gained a lot of ground with and moved into the top two along with Virginia. However, Gentry, who once seemed like a lock to BYU, ended up committing to the Cavaliers Saturday.
Bronco Mendenhall and Gentry shared similar religious backgrounds and that could have played a factor. The Cavaliers also are coming off an appearance in the ACC Championship Game and will play Florida in the Orange Bowl, so it checks all the boxes.
— Andrew Gentry (@a_gentry75) December 14, 2019
Coming up short still hurts though, seeing that Gentry is the No. 6 offensive tackle in the 2020 class and is listed at 6-foot-8. He’s also projected to someday be an NFL draft pick by 247 sports.
But, sometimes, that’s how it goes. The Wolverines are still in decent shape at offensive tackle, in large part thanks to guys like Jalen Mayfield, Ryan Hayes, Andrew Steuber and a slew of players from 2019 that should provide depth and may push for playing time next season.
Yet, it still seems like Michigan football would like to add an offensive tackle and even without Gentry, there are still some options available, most notably, three-star James Pogorelc.
Pogorelc is 6-foot-7 and he’s a top-400 prospect. He’s No. 376 overall according to the 247 composite rankings, as well as the ninth player in the state of Virginia. He’s also 31st among tackles and would be a solid addition.
The tackle who is gaining momentum late in the process visited Ann Arbor last weekend and had this to say to the Michigan Insider($):
“I had an eye-opening official to Michigan,” Pogorelc told 247Sports. “I loved how much time and energy the coaching staff spent to make sure I had a great experience. The highlights were getting to spend time with current players and getting to sit down and talk to Coach (Ed) Warinner and Coach (Jim) Harbaugh a lot more.
Pogorelc who is a four-star in 247 sports own rankings, is visiting Virginia this weekend, which just beat out U-M for Gentry, as well as Stanford in January. Right now, all of his crystal balls are projecting him with Stanford.
But if he keeps that schedule he wouldn’t sign early, so there is time to change that.