Sunday, June 12, 2011

Erik Magnuson, Wolverine

Erik Magnuson: His father would be proud.
Trust me.

Erik Magnuson, an offensive tackle from La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad, CA, committed to Michigan on Saturday.  He chose the Wolverines over offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, California, Cincinnati, Colorado, Miami, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State, Stanford, UCLA, Utah, Washington, and Washington State, among others.

Magnuson was reeled in by tight ends coach Dan Ferrigno, who handles a lot of Michigan's recruiting on the west coast.  The coaching staff originally made contact with Magnuson when they were at San Diego State, and they parlayed that early relationship into convincing the young man to drag his butt halfway across the country.  Magnuson had maintained that Michigan was his leader for the past couple weeks, and when he finally got a chance to see the campus, that was all it took.

His current ratings:

ESPN: 4-star, #24 OT
Rivals: 4-star, #5 OT, #34 overall
Scout: 4-star, #16 OT, #97 overall
24/7 Sports: 4-star, #13 OT, #85 overall

As you can see, the reviews of Magnuson indicate that he is either good or very good.  He shows very good balance and mirroring abilities as a pass blocker; his kick slide and ability to cancel inside rushes should serve him well at the next level.  He also has a mean streak on the field and likes to finish his blocks.

Something Magnuson lacks is truly elite athleticism.  Although he has the traits I mentioned above, his feet aren't particularly quick.  If I were coaching or training him, I would really be working agility training to get his feet moving a little better.  Speed rushers could potentially give him some trouble in college and beyond.  His run blocking could also use some work.  There are times when he uses his upper body to hook defenders rather than getting his feet and hips around to the front side of the block.  That won't work with stronger players.  Furthermore, sometimes he lets his base get a little too narrow when run blocking, which could hamper his ability to stay on blocks.  That last point is the easiest to correct, though, and shouldn't be an issue in the long run.

Magnuson seems like a LT/RT tweener to me.  He doesn't have the elite quickness that I'd like to see in a left tackle, but he doesn't have the mass (right now) or run blocking technique to be great at right tackle.  I do think these issues are correctable, but his success depends upon how quickly he can shore up these weaknesses.  Hopefully it happens soon.

This gives Michigan 16 commitments for the class of 2012.  As things stand now, there are two remaining spots to fill.  The Wolverines still need a nose tackle and another offensive lineman; I would prefer a guard since Michigan has four guards who will be fifth year seniors when the 2012 class arrives on campus.  A quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and safety would be welcome additions if the class expands.

TTB Rating: 87 (view the rating system)


  1. You've been luke warm on a lot of the higher profile recruits.

  2. @ Anonymous 11:39 a.m.

    I don't think that's necessarily true. I gave Magnuson an 87, and I was very complimentary of both Ross and Richardson. I also said some good things about Pharaoh Brown and Joe Bolden.

    Just because I don't think a guy is an All-American quality player doesn't mean I'm lukewarm on him. There are plenty of good players who aren't All-Americans.

    I think Hoke and his assistants are doing a great job on the recruiting trail. They're getting good players, but these aren't necessarily the first round picks of 2016.

  3. A couple of questions:

    1 - How do you compare him to recent Michigan recruits at OT such as Lewan, Schofield, etc.?

    2 - Is there a former Michigan player he reminds you of? For me, his profile seems like he's below the potential of a Long/Jansen/Lewan....but maybe a Backus/Williams?

    3 - Do you have somewhere on your site where you list the current recruiting class and your rankings of them besides the offer board?


  4. @ Adam 12:13 p.m.

    1. Below Lewan, above Schofield (although I hear Schofield is doing good things).

    2. Jeff Backus is the comparison I was considering, but Backus was a first round pick and I don't think Magnuson is quite that good. You know how Backus is a good player in the grand scheme of things, but not really a Pro Bowl level left tackle? That's how I picture Magnuson in college. He could be a solid starter, not a glaring weakness, part of a good team . . . but not a superstar.

    3. Not currently. I will put up the ratings on the offer board soon, but otherwise, the only ratings are on the commitment posts. There's been a lot of stuff to keep up with lately and I just haven't had the chance to transfer the ratings over to the offer boards yet.

  5. Just to make the TTB rating clearer, could you post the ratings scale under each players TTB rating so I (we) don't have to find your ranking article again after each commitment, please?

    With a possible future left handed QB do teams flip the LT and RT? Would that make any difference to Magnuson? I think teaching agility is much harder than adding strength/mass so I'd rather see him move to RT and let another OT (Diamond) play at LT.

  6. @ KB 2:27 p.m.

    I put a link to the rating system right next to the rating.

    Yes, if Morris (or another left-hander) were the projected starter at QB, a team would potentially flip the LT and RT. You want the better pass protector on the QB's blind side.

    I think agility is one of those things that you typically either have or you don't (you can't make a clumsy guy agile), but it can be improved somewhat. Magnuson isn't clumsy. He just needs to take shorter, more efficient steps. He should be able to improve in that area if he chooses to work on it.