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New in Blue: 2015 offensive lineman Nolan Ulizio

January 30th, 2015 by Justin Potts


Nolan Ulizio(Rivals.com)

Nolan Ulizio – OL | 6-6, 280 | West Chester, Ohio – Lakota West
ESPN: 3-star, #68 OT, 78 rating Rivals: 2-star, NR 247: 3-star, #126 OT Scout: 3-star, #42 OT
Other top offers: UConn, Kentucky, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati

Jim Harbaugh picked up his third commitment last weekend when he received a pledge from offensive lineman Nolan Ulizio on Monday morning. The West Chester, Ohio native was previously committed to the University of Connecticut, but when Michigan came calling he didn’t waste much time flipping to the Wolverines.

Ulizio is a three-star recruit according to ESPN, 247, and Scout, and a two-star according to Rivals. Scout ranks him the highest as the 42nd-ranked offensive tackle in the class, while ESPN ranks him 68th and gives him a 78 rating. 247 has him as their 126th-best tackle. Rivals has him unranked. Scout’s Dave Berk praised Ulizio’s footwork, power, strength, and long arms, but noted that his biggest area of work is lower body flexibility.

In addition to Michigan and UConn, Ulizio held offers from Pittsburgh, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Youngstown State.

Ulizio is the ninth member of the 2015 class, joining quarterbacks Alex Malzone (already enrolled) and Zach Gentry, athlete Brian Cole (enrolled), kicker Andrew David, defensive end Reuben Jones, defensive back Tyree Kinnel, and fellow linemen Grant Newsome and Jon Runyan Jr.

Whether Ulizio ends up as a tackle or guard is anyone’s guess at this point, but he will be considered a work in progress and certainly redshirt next season. After a couple years in the strength program, he will be ready to compete for playing time.