Tampa (FL) Plant offensive tackle Tony Posada announced his commitment to Michigan in a press conference this afternoon. The 6-6, 315 pound Posada is the tenth prospect to commit in the class of 2011 and the third offensive lineman, joining Toledo center Jack Miller and Traverse City tackle Jake Fisher.
Posada has earned a three-star rating from Scout and ESPN, but has yet to receive a rating from Rivals. He does have an solid list of offers, however, earning one from Tennessee, Duke, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Missouri, USF, and Texas Tech, among others, and both Florida and Florida State showed interest but had not yet extended a scholarship offer.
Posada certainly boasts the size to be a good offensive tackle, although it seems unlikely that the 320-or-so pounds he will enter Michigan carrying is all good weight — like most linemen, expect a redshirt year with a heavy dose of Mike Barwis conditioning before he sniffs the depth chart. Scouting reports say Posada moves well for a player his size, but like most high school linemen who are much larger than almost everyone they face, he’ll need to work on technique to be effective at the collegiate level.
This is another solid pickup for Rich Rodriguez, who is quietly putting together a very good recruiting class that has already filled several positional needs. Michigan has done well in addressing needs at offensive line, cornerback, defensive end, and linebacker, and the staff should now be able to turn much of their focus to adding some blue-chip prospects to round out the class.