Devery Hamilton commits to Michigan: Wolverines land four-star OT


Jim Harbaugh continues to load up on the offensive line with his latest commitment for the Michigan Wolverines.

Michigan added to their recruiting haul for the 2016 class with four-star offensive tackle Devery Hamilton (Baltimore, MD. Gilman) committing to the program on Wednesday and became Jim Harbaugh’s 19th commitment this year.

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The 6-6, 290-pound tackle began his football career as a tight end and defensive end before converting to the offensive line early in his junior season and he quickly found a home on the line. He’s quickly developing into one of the best all-around tackles in this class and he should see a rapid rise in the recruiting rankings later this fall.

He ranks as the nation’s 233 overall recruit regardless of position, No. 23 tackle and the No. 8 player in the state of Maryland, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

The offensive line has been a priority for Harbaugh as he puts together his first real class since taking over at his alma mater at the end of December. With the addition of Hamilton, four of Michigan’s top five ranked commitments are on the offensive line, including tackles Ben Bredeson and Eric Swenson and guard Michael Onwenu.

Hamilton’s assistant coach at Gilman, Henry Russell tells Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports that his upside is tremendous and he has all the physical traits to excel at the next level.

“Now he’s worked really hard in the offseason. He’s close to 285, 290 right now, and still has his athleticism, has really good feet, has really long arms, is really athletic for how big he is. His upside is tremendous, it’s up to him how big he wants to be and how hard he wants to work, but he has all the tools to be a really good player. Now he’s had a full offseason working on that and his craft, and he could have a tremendous year for us this year.”

Michigan now has the nation’s No. 8 class and the No. 3 class in the Big Ten, according to the 247Sports team rankings.

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