In the storied, 136-year history of football at the University of Michigan, there have only been three letterwinners from Connecticut.
Two of them came from Darien High School.
Andrew Stueber will attempt to make it three.
Darien’s massive All-State offensive tackle made a verbal commitment to play for Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines on Saturday, putting him in line to join Fritz Seyferth and Todd Mossa on a select list of Blue Wave football players who’ve made their college home at Michigan Stadium.
Stueber made the announcement Saturday afternoon on Twitter.
— Andrew Stueber (@AndrewStueber99) June 25, 2016
Stueber, a 6-foot-6, 290-pound junior on Darien’s Class LL championship team, is a three-star prospect and had approximately 20 offers, including Maryland, Penn State, Boston College, Duke, Pitt, Tennessee and UConn.
According to the Ann Arbor News (mlive.com), Stueber participated at the Cheshire Academy satellite camp in late May and earned an invitation to the program’s “Big Man Camp” at Michigan Stadium last weekend and was offered a scholarship.
Stueber is the 17th commitment in Michigan’s Class of 2017. He would become the third Darien player at Michigan since Seyferth, a Michigan walk-on who earned a scholarship under Bo Schembechler in the early 1970s and ultimately made his name as a a UM associate athletic director, and Mossa, an offensive lineman who was a freshman on the Wolverines’ last national championship team in 1997 and lettered in 2000.
While Connecticut natives playing at Michigan are rare, Stueber’s commitment makes him the second state player in as many months to cast his future with the Wolverines. He joins Newtown all-state linebacker Ben Mason, who committed to UM on May 3.
Stueber anchored Darien’s offensive line, which amassed 4,873 yards of total offense, on the way to a 12-0 season and the school’s first state championship since 1997.
While Stueber’s talents have primarily been tailored to excelling as an offensive lineman, he also filled in nicely on Darien’s vaunted defensive line, where he made 17 tackles, two for a loss, and two sacks.
He was named the the New Haven Register All-State team as a junior, albeit on the defensive line (ostensibly to make room for other all-state linemen). He was also selected to the Class LL CHSCA All-State team and the Walter Camp All-Connecticut Team.
Steuber’s offer was Michigan’s fourth to a Connecticut player. The Wolverines are also in the chase for Cheshire Academy WR Tarik Black and athlete C.J. Holmes.