Profiles of three walkons: 2 Fullbacks, an OL

Muskegon Mona Shores FB Childers

BleacherReport.com blurbs and articles on three '09 Michigan walkons: two fullbacks (remember, Coach Rod said U-M's FB's were going to be walkons) and and offensive lineman.

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Walk-On News (FB Childers)

This from reader "Biggame7." Johnny Childers has accepted a preferred walk-on invite to join Michigan's 2009 recruiting class. Childers is 6'1", 233 lbs. and played linebacker and fullback in high school for Muskegon Mona Shores.

Here is Johnny's ESPN write-up:

Childers is a tough, thickly-built, blue-collar fullback prospect who also is an effective inside run plugger when employed at linebacker. [Childers] Looks a bit like a throwback player and his game lacks a lot of finesse.

He has good height and a compact, well-built frame that could bulk up to the 240 lb. range while retaining his adequate straight-line speed.

More of a battering ram of runner who is effective on quick North-South hitters up the middle. Good initial quicks through the hole for his size and will surprise you now and then with his agility as a runner. Tends to run high though and flashes difficulty sliding through the small creases.

His yards after catch numbers are inconsistent. Won't be much more than a short-yardage fullback at the next level but has soft hands out of the backfield and shows the physical tools needed to develop into an effective blocker.

[Childers] Can stalemate defenders but will need to work on leverage and controlling/finishing blocks at the point of attack. Not as powerful or superior at the high school level as you would think as a blocker.

Defensively, he is a bit stiff, range is limited to between the tackles but he can blow up the Iso and is difficult to turn at the point of attack. Overall, Childers looks good on the hoof and has the physical tools for a mid-major program to mold as a situational fullback.



Michigan Adds Another Preferred Walk-On (FB Calvin Smith)

Coach Rodriguez has found another walk-on he would like to add to next year's team. It's fullback Calvin Smith from Joliet Catholic Academy in Illinois.

??Smith is 6'2", 235 and rushed for 537 yards for an average of 5.5 yards per carry.

??Now, Smith is planning to enroll in at least one class this summer so that he can participate in Michigan's summer workouts.

"I'd like to get on special teams next season and maybe get a chance to play in goal line situations," he said.



Class of 2009: OL Lindley to Walk on at Michigan

From Jim Stefani:

Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez, a former walk-on himself, has made it a priority to bring in as many talented preferred walk-ons as possible.

Thus far, I have been able to identify 11 seniors who have decided to walk on at Michigan.  The jewel of the group is probably Long Island, New York offensive guard prospect Tom Lindley.

Lindley was one of the top linemen in New York this year.  He was a Newsday First Team All-Long Island selection, and this is what Newsday had to say about him.

"First Team All-Long Island: TOM LINDLEY FLOYD, OL, 6-3, 300, Sr. A second-team All-Long Island choice last year, Lindley was a three-year standout lineman for a team that won 31 straight before a loss to Lindenhurst in the playoffs this year. The 2008 Zellner Award winner as Suffolk's top lineman, Lindley, a guard, 'turned our spread offense into a power offense because of his pulling ability,' according to coach Paul Longo. Lindley also played defense in short-yardage situations."

Here is what Newsday had to say.

"Floyd's Tom Lindley, the recipient of the Bob Zellner Award as Suffolk's top offensive lineman, will attend Michigan as a 'preferred walk-on.' According to Floyd coach Paul Longo, Lindley received some financial aid for academics and is guaranteed a spot on the football team, where he will redshirt as a freshman. If he does well, he will be considered for a full athletic scholarship the next year."

Here is what the New York Sports Writers Association had to say about his deciding to walk-on at Michigan.

"Though he would have merited a ride somewhere else, lineman Tom Lindley of William Floyd will attend Michigan as a preferred walk-on next fall and try to earn a scholarship down the road."

Here is an extract from my underclass database on Lindley.  Remember, the database is only update through the spring of a prospect's junior year.

Tom Lindley OL 6'2" 300 5.55 Mastic Beach William Floyd New York

One of the top junior linemen in New York……..Sophomore starter at OG…………..Moved up to varsity during his freshman season…………..22 bench reps, 20 vertical, 5.28 shuttle…………As a sophomore he was the state silver medalist in shot put………Took an unofficial visit to Michigan for the Penn State game on September 22, 2007……..Camped in 2007 at Penn State and Connecticut……Member of the National Honor Society………………December 2007 MBD: 69679.

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