Scout Rating: ***
Scout Rank: #53 OLB
Vitals: 6’1 / 215
Hometown: Warren (Mich.) De La Salle
His Recruiting Story:
The son of former Michigan quarterback John Wangler and brother of current receiver Jack Wangler, it seemed like Jared’s path would lead him elsewhere. After playing at Royal Oak Shrine as a sophomore, he transferred to De La Salle and played with his brother and Shane Morris there. After that season, his recruitment began to take off and Bowling Green offered him that spring, his first of the process. The first BCS offer came from Penn State in April and although Michigan State would offer just in May, he committed to Penn State three days later. In early August, however, Michigan came calling and offered him a scholarship. After taking five days to think about his options, he decommitted from the Nittany Lions and chose Michigan.
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, he 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. – Scout.com national analyst Allen Trieu
“I have been going to Michigan since I was a little kid, so it was kind of like a dream come true. It was definitely really special to me especially, because I have the opportunity to play with my brother and with Shane (Morris), who is one of my best friends, and play where my dad played. I just think it’s a cool opportunity.” – Jared Wangler
With four linebackers in the class, Wangler sometimes gets overlooked, but he is athletic and versatile. His ability to cover will be a big asset. He may need a redshirt year to add more size and strength, but he has the skills and the pedigree to be one of the surprises of this class.