Posted at 8:10am — 2/22/2016

GBMWolverine Message Board Readers: Here is a overview of University of Michigan recently signed commitment Nick Eubanks.

Michigan signee Nick Eubanks, of Plantation Florida (American Heritage), is a new era type of tight end, in that he plays the New England hybrid role of split, play out, slot, wide out, on the line, etc.

The term prospect truly fits with Eubanks. He is about 6’ 6” and listed anywhere between 205 and 230 pounds. Clearly he is not a plug-and play end of the line 250 pound prototypical tight end many attribute to Harbaugh’s offensive philosophy. He is best described as a high three star or low four-star prospect with tons of future possibilities, regarding both his versatility and his ability to make plays.

The truth is that over the years Harbaugh has taken many types of tight ends and made them successful. He is a master at incorporating good athletes at tight end, and Nick Eubanks is a pretty strong athlete.

Eubanks commented on how he had visited other schools and discussed his future use and tight end scheme, but a visit to Michigan just wowed him, regarding coaching knowledge and vision of tight end use, and opened up a quick commitment after Harbaugh and staff dissected how a tight end can be used.

Eubanks is not a burner, but he is not slow, being at least average in speed for a tight end. He has decent hands and decent tracking ability. His upside potential is far above the normal Division 1 athlete and that is why many major programs offered Nick Eubanks. But, for Nick to gather playing time and succeed there is plenty of work ahead, perhaps starting with becoming proficient with a hand down on the line of scrimmage.

Nick Eubanks
Height: 6'6
Weight: 230
Birthday: November 21, 1996
Number: 1
Current Position: Tight End / Wide Receiver
Future Position: Hybrid Tight End
City/State: Plantation, Florida
High School: American Heritage
Head Coach: Mike Rumph
Recruiter: Jedd Fisch/Jay Harbaugh
Official Visit: 1/27/2016
Committed: 1/28/2016
Top 5 other Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, and USC.
Other Official Visits: Alabama (1/15/2016), Florida (1/22/2016)
40-Time: 4.69
Shuttle: 4.46
Vertical: 33.3″
Power Throw: 34.5′
SPARQ: 91.95
Class: 2016 Michigan Wolverine Football Recruiting Class (Signed).

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Rankings:

24/7:
ESPN:
Rivals:
Scout:

Note: Stars do matter, but are not absolute in predicting success within a football program. So, with that in mind the GBMWolverine Message Board Staff has cleverly come up with a new system of ranking. We are using footballs instead of stars, how can one argue against a system that clever? Below are the interpretations of football power predicted way too boldly long before it matters. In other words, we will give informed opinion with the crystal ball and let the players determine what will happen through years of hard work.

Criteria: Raw talent, athleticism, position of need, intangibles.

GBMWolverine Message Board Staff Rankings:



10 footballs: Instant impact player.
9 footballs: Three or four-year starter at a high level.
8 footballs: A starter with all league potential.
7 footballs: A meaningful starter at some time during a career.

6 footballs: A spot starter or special teams player.
5 footballs: Not in the two deep after a two years.
4 footballs: Never made it.
1-3 footballs: See the above.

We have him at 7 1/2 footballs.

Side Note: Remember just as we did during the season with grading positions or groups we are very tough graders and expect a lot out of those positions or players so this is no different here.

Michigan Coach Jay Harbaugh on Nick Eubanks:

Nick is a great young man, exceptional student and outstanding athlete. He is easy-going and fun to be around but when Nick hits the field he is a very tenacious competitor. There are a lot of different ways that we will be able to utilize Nick in our offense. He offers elite speed and length as a receiver that will allow him to stretch the field in a way that defenses in this conference aren’t accustomed to seeing on a regular basis.

Key Stats:

• Caught 23 passes for a team-high 344 yards with three touchdowns as a senior
• Hauled in 26 passes for 408 yards and four scores as a junior

Honors:

• Rated as the No. 15 tight end and No. 50 prospect in the state of Florida by 247Sports
• Four star prospect by ESPN, pitted as the No. 2 TE-H in the country and as the 46th-best prospect in Florida
• Rivals.com four star recruit and No. 9 tight end in the 2016 class

Overview:

Coach Harbaugh’s history of using and developing tight ends paid big dividends in the Eubanks’ recruitment. He has great length and a nice frame for a tight end. Nick plays mostly in the slot in high school but has the skill to play both in the slot and online at Michigan. He caught 49 passes for 750 yards and 7 touchdowns over the last two seasons. He is a good enough athlete to have played basketball early in his high school career.

Strengths:

Nick is an excellent athlete, and has skills and strong ability for a jumbo athlete. Nick runs very well, shows good agility, and is smooth and fluid. He uses his length and long arms to his advantage. He is also an excellent red zone target. Nick does a nice job attacking the seams and playing between the hashes. He catches the ball in his hands, not against his body.

Concerns/Needs Work:

Same old story: Nick Eubanks needs a huge dose of Coach Tolbert’s time in the weight room. He also needs a lot of work playing online. His stance, beating jams, and blocking all need a major upgrade.

Red-shirt or play his Freshman Year?

GBMWolverine Message Board Staff believes he will likely red-shirt his first year.

Nick Eubanks reminds the GBMWolverine Message Board Staff of -- Current and Former Michigan Football Players — Jake Butts for the youngsters, or Tony McGee for us older types — who played tight end.

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2016 Michigan Wolverine Football Recruiting Class:

Michigan has twenty-eight signed commits at this time with Brandon Peters — Enrolled — (QB), Kingston Davis — Enrolled — (FB/HB), Michael Onwenu (OL), Chris Evans (Slot), Sean McKeon — Enrolled — (TE), Josh Metellus (S), Ben Bredeson (OL), Devin Gil (S/LB), Ron Johnson Jr. (DE), Brad Hawkins (WR), Ahmir Mitchell — Enrolled — (WR), Carlo Kemp — Enrolled — (DE/LB), Nate Johnson (WR), Devin Bush Jr. — Enrolled — (LB), Kareem Walker — Enrolled — (RB), Dylan Crawford (WR), Stephen Spanellis (OL), David Long (CB), Joshua Uche (DE), Elysee Mbem-Bosse (LB). Michael Dwumfour (DL), Eddie McDoom (Slot), Khaleke Hudson (LB/FB), Nick Eubanks (TE), LaVert Hill (CB), Quinn Nordin (K/P), Rashan Gary (DL), and Devin Asiasi (TE).

At this time Dytarious Johnson (LB) is still committed to Michigan, but has to complete some school work before his letter of intent will be accepted.

Final Thoughts:

We welcome Nick Eubanks to Michigan and hope he has a successful career on and off the football field as a student-athlete at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

Written by GBMWolverine Message Board Staff — CoachBT, Doc4Blu, and ErocWolverine

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