Friday, June 7, 2013

2013 Season Countdown: #83 Channing Stribling

Channing Stribling
Name: Channing Stribling
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 165 lbs.
High school: Matthews (NC) Butler
Position: Cornerback
Class: Freshman
Jersey number: #8
Last year: Stribling was a senior in high school. I gave him a TTB Rating of 73.

Stribling came out of nowhere in the summer of 2012 to earn a Michigan offer after he camped in Ann Arbor at the end of June.  Prior to then, the Ball State Fightin' Brady Hokes were the only FBS team to have offered him, so it was a very un-dude move by Hoke to swoop in and steal him.  Stribling went on to have a stellar senior season in which he starred offensively, defensively, and on special teams on the way to a North Carolina state championship.

Stribling's a little thin, and the need for an immediate contribution at cornerback isn't very high. Three quasi-starters return (Raymon Taylor, Blake Countess, and Courtney Avery) with Delonte Hollowell pushing for playing time, too.  While Stribling shows a nose for the ball and making plays, he's not the kind of freak athlete who would probably force his way onto the field as a freshman.  In some ways, he might be the kind of guy whose jersey number he is taking (J.T. Floyd), another Carolinian who had good length, lacks blazing speed, and might be better off at safety in the long run.  I think Stribling has a higher ceiling than Floyd, but he's still likely to redshirt.

Prediction: Redshirt


  1. Didn't he lock up Marquez North in a game they had last season? North was a very touted prospect so that is very impressive. As weird as it might sound what with Green, Charlton, Morris, etc in the ranks, I'm probably most excited about Stribling.

    1. Yeah, I don't think North had a catch (or maybe he had just one) in that game. I'm very surprised that you're that enamored with Stribling. Not that I think he'll be a bad player, just that he doesn't really have the athleticism to be a star at Michigan, in my opinion.

  2. In general, the taller CBs are going to red-shirt. More often than not, they're going to be high upside guys that need to improve technique, strength, etc.

    I think Dawson and Stribling, unless they just blow people away, are extremely likely to red-shirt. Especially since we appear to have pretty decent depth at CB, as you said.