Michigan football added another quarterback to its 2019 recruiting class Sunday thanks to a commitment from preferred walk-on Ren Hefley.
When it comes to the 2019 recruiting class, Michigan football has just one scholarship quarterback and that’s four-star Cade McNamara. However, in order to bring some more depth to the position, the Wolverines have added another in preferred walk-on Ren Hefley.
If you have never heard of Hefley, don’t feel bad. You would have to be incredibly knowledgeable in college football recruiting to know much about the high school quarterback from Arkansas.
However, the kid who is rated as a two-star by Rivals.com did visit Michigan football during the Wisconsin game and at that time, it appears he was offered a chance to join the Wolverines as a preferred walk-on.
Well, after keeping it silent for months, Hefley announced Sunday that he would be joining the Michigan football program.
Go Blue!! 〽️ pic.twitter.com/1e8nED8I9B
— Ren Hefley (@RenHefley10) December 23, 2018
Obviously, Hefley is a long shot to ever see the field for the Wolverines. Not only is Michigan loaded with quarterbacks now with Shea Patterson, Dylan McCaffrey and Joe Milton, but Hefley is also joining McNamara and 2020 three-star quarterback JD Johnson, who is already committed.
Yet, the 6-foot-1 dual-threat quarterback must have something to offer, otherwise, why would Michigan waste its time? At the start, he will be just another arm and another guy to develop. But maybe down the road, he could eventually turn into a scholarship player and a backup.
Most teams want to have about four scholarship quarterbacks on the roster at least. However, with some many QB’s changing teams and transferring, that’s becoming harder and hard to do. Adding a guy like Hefley can help protect against that.
If someone decides to transfer abruptly in a year or two, someone like Hefley, who was offered by Tennessee-Martin and also got interest from Arkansas State, could be a fallback option in terms of depth.
Nowadays, you never know what will happen at the quarterback position in college football, so it’s always good to have an extra plan in place and for Hefley to get the opportunity to join the Wolverines as a preferred walk-on, he must have something that Jim Harbaugh sees worth developing.
Hefley may seem like a long shot to ever play but when you are limited to 85 scholarships, you have to take some chances and at the very least, this kid appears to have enough skill and athleticism to at least be considered a Division I quarterback.