Michigan picked up its fifth verbal commitment of the class of 2011 over the holiday weekend when Columbus (OH) DeSales DE Chris Rock pledged to the Wolverines on Friday. Rock is 6-5, 250 pounds and has the frame to play either end or tackle at the collegiate level, which makes him sound like a great fit for Ryan Van Bergen’s defensive end spot in Michigan’s 3-3-5 defense.
Despite missing time in his junior season because of either injury or illness (HT: MGoBlog), Rock held offers from an solid list of schools, including Oregon, Notre Dame, Nebraska, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Boston College, Stanford, Pittsburgh, and a host of Big Ten and MAC schools. Rock is a three-star recruit in Scout’s database and is on the Rivals250 watch list (and with the Rivals250 being released tomorrow, we should find out exactly what they think of him soon) — he appears to be a high three-star/low four-star sort of player, which matches his offer list, and he will be a welcome addition to a young defensive line.
Speaking of football recruiting, Rivals released its Rivals100 today, and it is full of Michigan targets. I will be posting a comprehensive breakdown of Michigan commits and targets in the Rivals250, as well as which Michigan recruits picked up a four-star ranking, when they are posted this week, but I thought it was worth mentioning that Doran Grant, Kris Frost, Demetrius Hart, Sammy Watkins, Tim Jernigan, DeAnthony Arnett, Braxton Miller, Anthony Zettel, Cyrus Hobbi, Justice Hayes, Andre Yruretagoyena, and Trey DePriest all made the list of the top 100 prospects in the country, in that order. Hart and Zettel are thought to be near-locks for Michigan, and the Wolverines are at the very least in the mix with all of the above prospects. I’ll have much more on recruiting as Rivals continues to release new information throughout the week.