Tuesday, June 2, 2015

2015 Season Countdown: #89 Jon Runyan, Jr.

Jon Runyan, Jr. with his family
Name: Jon Runyan, Jr.
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 276 lbs.
High school: Philadelphia (PA) St. Joseph's
Position: Offensive guard
Class: Freshman
Jersey number: N/A
Last year: Runyan committed to Michigan in June 2013 (LINK). He ended the cycle as a 247 Composite 3-star, the #122 offensive tackle, and #1127 overall.
TTB Rating: 73

Runyan was a very early commit to the 2015 class, and some people had questions about why he was offered since he was not well regarded by recruiting sites and did not garner an impressive offer list. In fact, 247 Sports lists him as having received just one offer, although sometimes kids stop reporting offers after they commit. Regardless, Runyan is a Michigan legacy whose dad was a high NFL draft pick and long-time player. The biggest question about Runyan, Jr. seemed to be about his size, and he was reported to be about 245 lbs. when he committed nearly two years ago.

He reportedly got up to 276 lbs. by his senior year, which is still pretty light for a college lineman. You also may see in the highlights below that he's lacking some technique - especially when blocking in the open field - and he also lacks the sheer power one would expect of a high-level prospect. Iowa takes kids like this every year and churns out one or two high draft picks on the line, so size and strength can be improved with quality strength and conditioning. But without that size coming into college, Runyan will probably find himself redshirting like most linemen this season.

Prediction: Redshirt


  1. He's kind of a runty little thing there standing next to Dad.

  2. Could Runyan be a player you see transitioning to Center in the future?

    1. Yes. There has already been some talk that he could end up at center.