After previously committing to Penn State, 2014 Warren De La Salle (Mich.) linebacker Jared Wangler…
Commitment Capsule: Jared Wangler
Outside Linebacker (#53 OLB, ***)
State Rank: #11 in Michigan
6'1, 215-pounds, 4.51
De La Salle Collegiate
His Recruiting Story
Jared, like his brother Jack, transferred from Royal Oak Shrine to Warren De La Salle before last season. That summer before his junior year, he began drawing heavier college interest when he performed well at the Sound Mind, Sound Body Camp.
Then a safety, Wangler began growing into an outside linebacker and that's when his recruitment really started taking off (noted here). Bowling Green became the first school to offer him that Winter and in April, two days after visiting Michigan for a spring practice, he received his first BCS offer from Penn State.
With a visit scheduled to Happy Valley, Wangler received another Big Ten offer, this time from Michigan State just days before he was set to see the Nittany Lions. On May 10th, he traveled to the campus and came away committed to Bill O'Brien and his staff.
Following that commitment, schools like LSU and Indiana offered, but those did not change his decision. However, an early August offer from Michigan, the school his father John Wangler played for and where Jack would be walking-on, lead to a de-commitment from Penn State and a new commitment to Michigan.
Wangler finished his junior year at De La Salle with 76 tackles (ten for loss), 2.5 sacks, an INT and two fumble recoveries.
Where We've Seen Him: Sound Mind, Sound Body (2012, 2013), Adidas Invitational (2013), Maximum Exposure - Pontiac (2012), NLA 7 on 7 - Youngstown (2013), Highlight Film (2012), vs Ann Arbor Pioneer (2012), Game Film vs Catholic Central (2012), Game Film vs Dearborn Fordson (2012)
Wangler is a kid we saw as a likely WILL, but Michigan is also considering him as a SAM prospect. He's a very good athlete. Looking at what he's able to do offensively, he has good ball skills and overall ability in space. That translates over to defense, where he's often asked to play over the slot and drop into coverage.
At 6'1, 215-pounds, he's a kid who transitioned over from safety, but while he's not as big as some of the other linebackers we've seen in this class, Wangler is not afraid of contact. He does a nice job of taking on blockers and when he arrives at the ball carrier, he's a strong tackler who can deliver a strike. He's a smart, instinctive kid who keeps himself in good position, doesn't lose contain and does a good job of diagnosing plays quickly and using his ability to run to get to the ball carrier.
A legacy kid for Michigan, he would be a good take regardless. He's a very good athlete, who De La Salle has asked to do a lot of things from rush the passer and play up on the line of scrimmage, to playing way out in space over wide receivers. He's a smart football player, but his ability to run is underrated. He can also project to multiple positions, giving the Wolverines options as to where to best deploy him.
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