Michigan Football lands versatile D-line recruit for 2022 class

Michigan football added a second defensive line commitment in the past Monday and in Alex Van Sumeren, U-M landed its first 2020 pledge

Michigan football has already invested plenty of time and energy on both the 2021 and 2022 classes. With the 2021 class, which already has some high-profile commitments, it has clearly paid off.

But now, it’s starting to pay dividends in 2022 also as Michigan football landed its first verbal pledge in that class Monday when Alex Van Sumeren announced his commitment on Twitter.

Sumeren is the brother of Ben, who is already on the Michigan football team and like his brother, Alex offers a lot of versatility. While only a sophomore, he’s 6-foot-3 and 270 pounds from Essexville, Michigan.

He’s not ranked currently, however, he has a good amount of upside and he’s someone that could easily grow into a defensive tackle, one that potentially has some pass-rush ability or moving between end and tackle.

That’s becoming a more important skill. It’s also possible that he becomes a bigger defensive end that could play a more in a more traditional 4-3 alignment such as Rashan Gary or Chris Wormley.

Wormely was about 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds. But he was athletic and that allowed him to play defensive end for the Wolverines. It was around then when Michigan football had the best defense it has had under Don Brown, mostly because it had a really good defensive line.

Certainly, Van Sumeren isn’t necessarily that kind of prospect. He does have a lot of things to like and two years from now, with his size and athleticism, there could be a lot to like. Here’s what 247 sports recruiting analyst Allen Trieu had to say ($):

“I’m sure it is music to Michigan’s ears that younger brother is as big as he is and projects as a defensive tackle. I’ve seen him at camps since his freshman year and he was blowing back juniors with D1 offers back then. He is strong, will only get stronger, has a great motor and all of that meanness and toughness you like to see in the position. I have to think he will be one of the best players in the state when he’s a senior.”

Michigan has done a great job with evaluating recruits in recent years, finding good players even when they weren’t highly ranked.

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That could be the case again with Van Sumeren and with what Michigan’s in its defense lineman, he will make a nice addition, especially if he can get close to 300 pounds.

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