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Behind the offer to an unranked CB

6/21/2012

The commitment from cornerback Channing Stribling (Mathews, N.C./Butler) took some Michigan fans by surprise. A name really no one had heard of before camp now holds an offer and is the No. 22 commit to the No. 1 class in the country.

Most of the surprise came because Michigan was still in hot pursuit of cornerbacks Leon McQuay (Seffner, Fla./Armwood), the No. 39 overall player in the country, and Kendall Fuller (Olney, Md./Good Counsel), ranked as the No. 28 player in the country.



This type of situation, however, is exactly why schools hold camps in the first place. The camp gave the coaches -- mainly defensive backs coach Curt Mallory and defensive coordinator Greg Mattison -- an up-close look at what Stribling is capable of doing. He was at camp for three days, which gave the coaching staff the opportunity to put him through every drill, get him in one-on-ones with the top receivers and see how well he takes to their coaching.

He obviously passed all of those tests since he is now committed to Michigan. Stribling showed he has the speed to stay with receivers, he has the IQ to learn technique and fundamentals, and he can flat-out play.

There wasn't a receiver throughout the week who burned him or easily created separation. Outside of those facts, he also happens to be 6-foot-2. The old adage goes, "You can't teach height," and Michigan now has two cornerbacks in this class who are 6-1 or taller with Stribling and Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio/Washington).

It's interesting because the two have similar stories. Both were relatively unknown until Michigan offered. Conley, now ranked as the No. 7 corner in this class, and Stribling also have very similar body types. They're taller, skinny corners who are going to complement each other nicely.

The coaches very well could have held off on offering Stribling, but they didn't. They seemingly saw what they needed to, and they pulled the trigger. Recruiting is a strategic game that needs to be played the right way. Why wait and see if one can land a different prospect when one just unearthed a recruit that's sitting right in front of them, ready to commit?