UM a con­tender for four-star linebacker

The Detroit News - - College Football - BY ALLEN TRIEU Spe­cial to The Detroit News

Michi­gan of­fered Cleve­land (Ohio) St. Ig­natius linebacker Tommy Eichen­berg in early Oc­to­ber. A Bos­ton Col­lege com­mit who held an Ohio State of­fer at the time, it might have seemed like a dif­fi­cult re­cruit­ment for the Wolver­ines to get into, but Michi­gan is now one of the con­tenders in the race.

The last time Michi­gan was at St. Ig­natius of­fer­ing a linebacker part­way through his se­nior sea­son, it was even­tual All-Amer­i­can and cur­rent Green Bay Packer Jake Ryan. The dif­fer­ence here is Ryan was a sleeper with Mid-Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence of­fers, while Eichen­berg is a four-star for whom Michi­gan has se­ri­ous com­pe­ti­tion.

“The way it looks right now — and I just talked to him a cou­ple weeks ago — I think Bos­ton Col­lege is prob­a­bly in a lit­tle bit of trou­ble here,” 247Sports an­a­lyst Bill Greene said. “I think it’s an Ohio StateMichi­gan bat­tle. Both of them waited so long to of­fer, but I think he takes un­of­fi­cials to both — he al­ready has taken one to Michi­gan — then he will take of­fi­cial vis­its to both, and I think it is re­ally be­tween those two schools.”

Eichen­berg’s older brother, Liam, is a start­ing of­fen­sive tackle at Notre Dame. Michi­gan of­fered Liam when he was in high school and had him to Ann Arbor for camps as well as vis­its, which in­ci­den­tally is help­ing Michi­gan with Tommy.

“He vis­ited Michi­gan when he was younger when Liam was get­ting re­cruited by Michi­gan and loved it up there,” Greene said. “Ohio State was re­ally the team he rooted for his en­tire life, though, it wasn’t Notre Dame with Liam go­ing there. I think Ohio State has the up­per hand, but you never know in re­cruit­ing.”

For Michi­gan, Eichen­berg is likely a true Mike linebacker. He is known as a pow­er­ful hit­ter and has de­vel­oped into one of the most com­plete play­ers at his po­si­tion in the Mid­west.

“He is re­ally good,” Greene said. “I saw him play three times this year and he got bet­ter ev­ery time. What I saw at the end of the year here was, he wrecked a (Cincin­nati) El­der team by him­self, an El­der team that might play for the (Ohio) state ti­tle. He is a three-down linebacker. You never have to take him out be­cause he is so good in pass cov­er­age. He is a great bl­itzer as well and we al­ready knew he could run side­line to side­line.”

Eichen­berg and Ig­natius are fin­ished with their sea­son. He had pre­vi­ously stated that he would fo­cus more on re­cruit­ing once his sea­son was com­pleted.

Com­mit picked for All-Amer­ica Game

A new twist in this year’s Un­der Ar­mour All-Amer­ica Game is that the coaches on both sides draft their teams.

Michi­gan run­ning back com­mit Zach Char­bon­net, who has had an out­stand­ing se­nior cam­paign, was the sec­ond over­all se­lec­tion in the draft. The Westlake Vil­lage (Cal­i­for­nia) Oaks Chris­tian prod­uct has rushed for 1,455 yards and 11 touch­downs in nine games.

The game will take place on Jan. 3 in Or­lando, Florida.

Michi­gan adds Vir­ginia run­ning back to 2020 class

Michi­gan re­ceived its fifth com­mit­ment in the 2020 class with Ash­burn (Vir­ginia) Broad Run run­ning back Tim Bald­win, who vis­ited last week­end and com­mit­ted shortly af­ter.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Bald­win is a pow­er­ful run­ner who has also played well on de­fense as a se­nior.

His of­fers in­cluded Bos­ton Col­lege, Mary­land, Vir­ginia, Rut­gers and Syra­cuse.

The 247Sports Com­pos­ite ranks him as the No. 29 run­ning back na­tion­ally in his class.

Brice Marich/The Michi­gan In­sider

Tommy Eichen­berg grew up an Ohio State fan, saw his brother go to Notre Dame, com­mit­ted to Bos­ton Col­lege and is con­sid­er­ing UM.

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