|Cincinnati (OH) Oak Hills offensive lineman Caleb Stacey decommitted|
from Michigan on Saturday in favor of the Cincinnati Bearcats
Cincinnati (OH) Oak Hills offensive lineman Caleb Stacey decommitted from Michigan on Saturday and committed to the Cincinnati Bearcats. The 6'4", 280-pounder said that he wanted to stay closer to home.
It's hard not to guess that Stacey's decommitment resulted partly from Michigan's other pursuits along the offensive line. Stacey was Michigan's lowest rated commit, and even though he was the only one that many pegged for center, he might have thought that the road to playing time would be a difficult one. Because let's be honest - no kid thinks that Cincinnati is a better football team or that his chances of making it to the NFL are better as a Bearcat. Of course, it's certainly possible that he's telling the truth about distance from home, but there are likely other reasons, too.
Michigan now has 23 commits in the 2012 class, four offensive linemen, and zero kids who are likely to play center. While this does open up the possibility that Michigan could take two higher rated offensive lineman, such as Puyallup (WA) Puyallup OG Joshua Garnett and Chicago (IL) Simeon OT Jordan Diamond, it also means Michigan is dangerously thin at the center position for the future. Aside from two seniors (Rocko Khoury, Ricky Barnum), the only player on the time with a bead on the center position is rising redshirt freshman Jack Miller. Unless Michigan can pull another center in during the 2012 class, the 2013 center position will consist of a redshirt sophomore Jack Miller, inexperienced position changers from guard or tackle, and any freshman from the 2013 class.
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