|Clayton, OH linebacker Kaleb Ringer|
Kaleb Ringer, a linebacker from Clayton, OH, committed to Michigan on Friday night. It had been strongly rumored, hinted at, etc. for about a month that Ringer would commit to the Wolverines. He finally made it "official" on Friday, even though a newspaper reporter jumped the gun early last week. Other options included Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisville, and Toledo.
Ringer is listed at 6'0" and 219 lbs. As a junior, he had 85 tackles, 1 interception, and 1 touchdown. According to Scout, he's a 4-star recruit and the #8 middle linebacker prospect in the country. The other recruiting services haven't bothered to rank him yet, but when they do, I doubt they'll place him higher than Scout did.
He's a thick kid who can drive runners back into the hole and stop their forward momentum. He stays low and drives through ballcarriers. He also seems to do a pretty good job of wading through the trash to find the ball. However, the criticism I've heard most often - and something I agree with - is that he lacks a great deal of speed and athleticism in the open field. Ringer is not a naturally gifted, fluid athlete. He's your quintessential thumper. Typically, a kid his size would end up at WILL, but I'm not sure he has the athleticism to do what a weakside linebacker would need to do.
The Wolverines seem to be loading up on inside linebackers recently, with incoming freshmen Kellen Jones, Desmond Morgan, and Antonio Poole; and 2012 commits Ringer and Royce Jenkins-Stone, both of whom committed this past weekend. With the exception of Poole, all of them seem like future MIKE linebackers. Kenny Demens will be a redshirt junior returning starter in 2011 and likely stick around into 2012, which means Ringer should have a chance to redshirt as a freshman. The only other middle linebacker on the roster beyond 2011 should be Isaiah Bell, who will be a redshirt junior when Ringer arrives on campus.
TTB Rating: 64