Michigan coach Lloyd Carr can welcome his newest addition to the long line of quarterback greats that have been bred in blue and maize over the past decade.
After lighting up secondaries this season, Ryan Mallett will be joining the Wolverines in the fall as one of the premiere quarterback recruits in the country. In fact, he moved to Ann Arbor to enroll early the day after the U.S. Army All-American Bowl earlier this month.
Standing at 6-foot-7 and 235 pounds, the Texarkana (Tex.) product has the size to sit in the pocket and deliver the ball to receivers on crossing routes over the middle or flanking deep down the sideline.
While Mallett most likely wonít be making plays with his feet, itíll take a strong pass-rush to take him down and his arm does more than enough to keep defenses on their heels.
Known for his accuracy, the obvious First-Team All-State selection completed 153-of-246 passes for 2,592 yards and 27 touchdowns while only throwing four interceptions this season.
After just being moved up from No. 5 to No. 2 in Lemmingís Class of 2007 rankings, heís shown the ability to make quick and smart decisions under pressure, reminding some of former Michigan signal callers Brian Griese, Drew Henson and Tom Brady.
I was impressed with his arm strength, knowledge, awareness and ability to find secondary receivers. He reads well, makes very quick decisions and was extremely accurate in his short passing game. As I thought, he was not much of a runner but did a good job of avoiding the first defender. He proved to be a load to bring down. He shows courage in the pocket.