Name: Brennen Beyer
Location: Canton, Michigan
Ratings: Scout – 4*, Rivals – 4*, ESPN – 4*
Recruitment: Arguably the most impressive commit so far in the class, Beyer is a consensus four star recruit who was highly sought after. Notre Dame emerged as the main rival to UM, he took a couple visits down to South Bend, but felt more comfortable with the coaches at Michigan. His family are big UM fans, which gave the Wolverines a bit of a head start. He also lives a mere 15 minutes away from campus and was therefore able to visit many times. Committed whilst on an unofficial during mid April.
Offers: Michigan, MSU, ND, Texas Tech, UCLA, Stanford and Northwestern + others.
Stats: Currently at 6’4 and around 220lbs, he seems destined to play the “quick” (hybrid OLB) at Michigan, so will only need to put on around 10-15 lbs. 40 times are listed in the 4.7’s.
ESPN Analysis: Pad level can be an issue, but generally he shows good leverage when fighting off blockers. Uses his hands and lower body well to create separation and beat his man. Tackling technique is sound, but needs to generate more power in the hit sometimes. Displays a good motor and decent speed to get round the edge, Beyer pretty simply is a good football player.
Improvements: Needs to bulk up slightly, but has the frame to do so easily.
Film Highlights: Link here
Final Thoughts: With Michigan State winning the battle for Lawrence Thomas, it was key that Michigan rebounded by taking the #3 player in the state. Beyer is a hard worker with a great motor, a couple of years working behind Craig Roh will work wonders for him.