Tony Posada commits to Michigan

TAMPA, Fla. -- Michigan landed one of Florida's top offensive line prospects when Tony Posada committed to the Wolverines Wednesday at a press conference at Tampa (Fla.) Plant High School. Posada picked Michigan over the hometown USF Bulls.

"I went up there (to Ann Arbor) and loved the visit," Posada said. "I was ready to commit but coach (Rob Weiner) wanted me to come back home. So I slept on it for a few weeks. But after talking it over with and my parents I knew this is where I wanted to go.

"They have everything. I love the coaches, facilities and the school itself. It just blew everyone away."

One thing in particular that stood out to Posada was Michigan's success in producing offensive line talent that has gone on the to the NFL.

"Michigan and their offensive line tradition was a big factor for me. They have a big tradition of OLs there," he said.

Posada also believed he was a good fit in good Rich Rodriguez's spread offensive attack.

"I like Coach Rod's offense," he said. "The offensive tackle isn't squished next to a tight end at the line of scrimmage. It's a power football scheme that still allows you to be physical and dominant."

Posada, 6-foot-5 and 310 pounds, is a three-star prospect and the No. 34 OT in the country. His coach believes that Michigan landed a prospect with tremendous upside.

"Tony's best football is ahead of him," said Plant coach Robert Weiner. "I mean he is on the upswing for sure and has gotten so much better year to year, even the last few months. He's a student of the game and has all the physical traits to be another great lineman at Michigan. We are all real excited for him."

Jamie Newberg has been covering recruiting both in the Southeast and nationally for 19 years. He can be reached at jamienewbergbw@yahoo.com.