Michigan’s commitment drought ends with pledge from TE Deakon Tonielli

Michigan’s commitment drought is over following its most important recruiting weekend of the summer.

Oswego (Illi.) 2023 three-star tight end Deakon Tonielli was one of double-digit official visitors for “Victor’s Weekend” and announced his verbal pledge to the Wolverines on Sunday.

“BOOM!” Tonielli wrote in a tweet. “I just want to say thank you to every single person who has stood by my side throughout this journey. I am so grateful for (tight ends coach Grant Newsome) and his awesome support, as well as (head coach Jim Harbaugh) for the opportunity to become a Wolverine. ”

The 6-foot-6, 215-pounder becomes Michigan’s first commitment since March 29 and seventh this cycle. He is ranked as the No. 430 overall prospect and No. 22 tight end, per the 247Sports Composite.

“Tall, longer prospect,” 247Sports recruiting analyst Allen Trieu wrote in his scouting report. Plays as an outside receiver as well as a slot in high school. Uses height, length and leaping ability well and shows a big catch radius. Good athlete with basketball and track and field in his background as well. Appears to have some top-end speed, but can still improve burst and suddenness. Tracks the ball in the air well and can put himself in position to make plays on the ball without losing speed or balance. Will grow into a tight end in college but his experience being unattached offers a lot of possibilities. Shows some physicality but would need experience as an on the ball blocker if schools try to do that with him. ”

Tonielli also visited Illinois and Purdue this month but chose Michigan over 12 other reported offers. The Wolverines did have a verbal pledge from a tight end in the 2023 class, but four-star Andrew Rappleyea decommitted in April.

Michigan entered the day with the 40th-ranked recruiting class nationally.

(Highlights embedded with permission from Hudl)

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