The Wisconsin Badgers opened spring practice on a day most would not consider optimal weather for recruiting purposes. Nonetheless, they ended up getting themselves their seventh commitment on Tuesday when one of the fastest risers in terms of Midwest offers, Milan, Mich., offensive tackle Michael Furtney, gave his verbal commitment to UW’s class of 2018.
Coming into his senior season listed at 6’5, 280 pounds, Furtney looks like a tailor-made tackle with the agility to hit the second level and make the block. He looks to be more of a knee-bender than a waist-bender by how he’s able to put his assignment on skates once he locks in. There isn’t much pass protection on his Hudl tape above, but there is a play where he lines up at nose tackle, three offensive linemen make contact with him, and he still flushes the quarterback out from the pocket. The tools are there for him to finish his career as a good starter.
Furtney also collected 26 scholarship offers while on the trail, including offers from Michigan State, Missouri, Nebraska, Princeton, and Vanderbilt, among others. After making a fifth unofficial visit to Madison, he was ready to take the next step.
Proud to announce my commitment to the University of Wisconsin! pic.twitter.com/fCoLxhp72T— Michael Furtney (@FurtneyMichael) March 14, 2017
He joins safety Reggie Pearson as commits from Michigan to Wisconsin’s class of 2018.
Furtney’s commitment was greeted with excitement by Ben Bryant, a three-star quarterback who committed to Wisconsin in December.