Defensive Tackle, 6-foot-4, 260-pounds
Gilman H.S. (Baltimore, Md.)
National Rank: Four-star Prospect, No. 15 DT Overall
Henry Poggi Video.
His Recruiting story
Gilman (Md.) defensive tackle Henry Poggi has been committed to the Wolverines since last June. He is a son of a coach and plays for one of the elite football programs in Maryland. He is a big-time player who chose the Maize and Blue over two-time defending national champion Alabama.
“It was definitely very close (between Michigan and Alabama), but I’m 100 percent for Michigan,” Poggi said when he committed last summer. “(The first reason) I decided to go to Michigan is because of the academics. I understand that football is going to be a very small percentage of my life. I want a degree that can carry a lot of weight, and I know a Michigan degree can do that.”
At 6-foot-4, 260-pounds, Poggi finished out his Gilman career with a 9-2 record and a state championship victory to end his high school season. He starred as a two-way threat, and played tight end on offense. He senior season play, would lead to an invite to the Under Armor All-American Bowl in Tampa, Fla. That is where Ohio recruiting analyst Bill Greene was able to witness Poggi against some of the nation’s best.
“He is definitely undersized,” said Greene. “He’s going to have to add strength. So Poggi, he’s a son of a coach, so you know he knows the game. He has a real high football I.Q. He plays so hard. He really competes. That guy, he wants it and he definitely athletic. He’s got way above average foot speed and quickness. If you view him as a three down inside tackle, then you start thinking he’s too light. But when he explained to me how Michigan wanted to use him, I immediately thought of a hybrid lineman like John Simon was at Ohio State. You can cover up his size by using him inside when it’s appropriate and have outside when it’s to your advantage. There is a lot to like with that kid.”
Poggi is a fast and athletic defensive lineman. While he is light for the position, there is talk about moving him around on the line when he comes to Michigan. It can be very similar situation with how the Wolverines used former defensive tackle Ryan Van Bergan. While he is most likely going to redshirt his freshman season, he could be a player who sees the field right away after having a year to add muscle to his frame. He could end up being a special player once he suits up for Michigan.
"Michigan will have me playing all over the defensive line depending on the situation," Poggi said last month. "Against the run, I will be going against tight ends and tackles, but in passing situations I will move inside to go against guards and centers. At Michigan, the best players play. If I have to redshirt, so be it."
"Both of my brothers played college football, so I think I know what it's all about," he said. "They told me the most important things are the relationships with your teammates, and also with your position coach and the strength and conditioning people. I have that at Michigan, and our recruiting class is so close. Coach (Jerry)Montgomery is a great position coach, and I'm very close with the other guys in the class, so Michigan was the right choice for me.”