Weight: 230 lbs.
High school: Albuquerque (NM) Eldorado
Jersey number: #10
Last year: Gentry was a senior in high school. He was a 247 Composite 4-star, the #8 pro-style quarterback, and #175 overall.
TTB Rating: 84
Gentry was Michigan's biggest coup in the 2015 class after suffering some frustrating losses and decommitments on the recruiting trail. Purely a product of the Jim Harbaugh coaching hire, Gentry was offered after Harbaugh was hired, and he flipped from the Texas Longhorns. He was a dominant player in the somewhat shallow talent pool of New Mexico, so playing at the University of Michigan will be a huge step up in competition. However, his size, speed, and arm strength cannot be denied as having the potential to be a big-time player at the next level.
I noted in Gentry's commitment post (LINK in case you missed it) that he has lots of technical flaws. He did not enroll early, and I think it's going to take some time to get him acclimated to college football. There have been rumors that he's up to 6'8" and 240 lbs. now, and with any quarterback who's 6'6" or above, you wonder a little bit about how long it will take their coordination to catch up. Gentry is not a kid who dropped back from under center often, and those mechanics are probably going to take a couple years to work out. I'm placing Gentry this high for a couple reasons. First, Jim Harbaugh wanted him badly. Second, he has the size and speed to play the role of a Blake Bell or Tim Tebow as a freshman, working in certain packages as a run-first, short-yardage guy. Third and perhaps most importantly, I have heard through the grapevine that the coaches plan to use him this year.
I don't think Gentry will be the starting quarterback this year, but I think he will work into the game plan in certain situations. The coaches also have to consider the 2016 season and beyond, and Gentry needs to be groomed as the quarterback of the future, whether it's in the second half of 2015, the 2016 season, or after Shane Morris is scheduled to graduate in 2017. Physically, Gentry has more upside than any other quarterback on the roster, and that includes Morris, who is a pretty good all-around athlete. We saw Jim Harbaugh take good athletes like Josh Johnson (University of San Diego) and Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco 49ers) and turn them into high-caliber players. I think it's only a matter of time before Gentry is playing at a high level. Michigan should get solid quarterback play from Jake Rudock and there are some talented running backs, so I don't think the Wolverines would be doomed without Gentry's contributions.
Prediction: Backup/situational quarterback. 160 yards rushing, 6 touchdowns. 15 passing attempts, 1 touchdown.