Wednesday, June 3, 2015
2015 Season Countdown: #88 Nolan Ulizio
Name: Nolan Ulizio
Weight: 293 lbs.
High school: West Chester (OH) Lakota West
Position: Offensive tackle
Jersey number: N/A
Last year: Ulizio was a senior in high school (LINK). He was a 247 Composite 3-star, the #137 offensive tackle, and #1274 overall.
TTB Rating: 65
Ulizio was a late flip from UConn after Jim Harbaugh was hired. D.J. Durkin, who was newly hired from Florida, had some previous relationships in the state of Ohio, and he was sent in to attempt to reap some late rewards. Ulizio was a 2-star recruit to some sites, and he had not even been evaluated by ESPN until after he switched his commitment to Michigan. Michigan's coaching staff identified him as a late bloomer who hit a growth spurt, which helped him turn into an FBS recruit.
I have my concerns about Ulizio because of his lack of athleticism, but the kid is tenacious and has some decent technique. As he puts on muscle and continues to grow into his body, he could be an asset down the road. That will take some time, however. He looks like a fit at right tackle or offensive guard, and Michigan has some more experienced depth at those positions. I expect him to redshirt this season, and I don't see him really factoring into the rotation until 2017 unless there are several departures.