The Michigan Wolverines have received a commitment from extremely talented 4-star defensive lineman Bryan Mone.
Mone represents the third verbal commitment to Michigan's 2014 class, and he's an extremely important commitment at that. He's from Highland High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, and he's versatile enough to play defensive end or defensive tackle.
Tom VanHaaren of ESPN.com reports on Mone's commitment to the Wolverines:
Defensive tackle Bryan Mone (Salt Lake City/Highland) gave his commitment to Michigan on Tuesday, making an earlier decision than some expected.
The initial plan was for Mone to bring his father to Ann Arbor, Mich., since he wasn't able to make the last trip to Michigan with the rest of the family. The 6-4, 315-pound tackle decided that wasn't necessary and called the coaches with the news.
Now that Mone is committed, keeping him committed for the duration of the 2014 cycle is going to be a must for the Wolverines, because he has incredible potential.
Here's my complete scouting report for Michigan's latest commitment:
- Name: Bryan Mone
- Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah
- School: Highland High School
- Position: Defensive Tackle, Defensive End (247Sports)
- Height: 6'4'' (247Sports)
- Weight: 315 lbs. (247Sports)
- Rankings: 4-star (Scout.com), 4-star (247Sports), 4-star (Rivals), Watch List (ESPN Recruiting Nation)
Mone displays elite technique for just a junior in high school. He excels at using his hands as a pass-rusher or to get off blocks. They are always up, and he uses them well to create separation from the blocker. He plays with good leverage and above-average instinct for a player going into his senior season.
He can play inside as a 3-technique or move out to play defensive end, where his technique and skills allow him to set the edge and maintain his outside leverage. He also displays great speed for a player his size.
Mone can outmaneuver an offensive lineman off the edge, but he's also fast enough to shoot the gap, "get skinny" and take a good angle to the ball-carrier and/or quarterback. He's also quick enough to be a factor in pursuit, and he doesn't appear to give up on plays.
In the picture series below, you can get a good look at what Mone is capable of as a defensive tackle. In this play, he's lined up at the 3-technique (gap between the guard and the tackle).
This is one of the rare times when he loses the leverage battle, and he gets blown off the line a bit, but it's his recovery that I want to focus on.
The offense is running a misdirection counter with the backside tackle pulling to kick out the end. The play-side guard and tackle are then focusing on double-teaming Mone and hopefully walling him off to the point where they can create a running lane and the tackle can move to the second level.
Most defensive tackles would end up getting caught here by either the misdirection or the double-team, but the tackle leaves too early, which allows Mone to take advantage. In the next picture, you can see how he's able to use his hands to get the blocker off him and regain control of his gap responsibility.
He finishes the play off with a nice tackle. You can see his hips are low and his legs are about shoulder-width apart. That gives him power and leverage, which he uses to drive the ball-carrier backward.
This is the type of fundamental skill and ability that Mone possesses.
This is an extremely small point, considering his technique, but I'd like to see him work on his push and bull rush in the next year. There were a few times when he was able to use his hands to get himself off a block or off a stalemate, but to really take it to the next level, I'd like to see him move that block backward off the line of scrimmage. That would take him from very good to elite.
When you mention the word elite in the negative section of a scouting report, you know you're talking about a player with star potential. Mone has the size and the technique to be great, and he just needs to work on a few minor details that will come with a bit more experience (mainly his senior season).
By the time he's ready to play college football, Mone projects to be a difference-maker from day one. He has the skill and the fundamentals to be a dominant defensive tackle or a defensive end, and he'll only get better with more experience.