Michigan nets Birmingham offensive lineman Dan Gibbs as a preferred walk-on
The Michigan football team picked up a second newcomer Monday.
This one, though, arrives on campus next season.
Less than three hours after Detroit Crockett tight end Khalid Hill became the third member of the 2013 class, Birmingham Seaholm offensive tackle Dan Gibbs announced via Twitter he will join the Wolverines next season.
He will be a preferred walk-on, which means he will not be under scholarship but is assured a spot on the team. Michigan's incoming class will remain at 25 scholarships.
"Officially playing football at Michigan next year!" Gibbs tweeted. "Couldn't be happier with my choice."
Gibbs is a two-star prospect according to Rivals and a three-star according to Scout. He reported interest from five Big Ten schools, including Michigan, but had scholarship offers from only Ball State and Eastern Michigan.
He stands 6-foot-7, 315 pounds, great size for an incoming freshman. But, as a walk-on, he faces a long road toward overtaking scholarship classmates such as Kyle Kalis, Erik Magnuson, Ben Braden and Blake Bars.
Kalis, Magnuson and Braden each project to play tackle.
The Wolverines did have two former walk-ons receive significant playing time last year in safety Jordan Kovacs and defensive lineman Will Heininger.
Gibbs provides depth at offensive line after Michigan lost one recruit via decommit (Caleb Stacey) and missed out on three others. The Wolverines also lose two of their eight scholarship players at that position to graduation.
Four-star offensive lineman Alex Kozan is believed to still be deciding between the Wolverines, Auburn and Iowa.