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Tate Forcier Goes Blue

Though many believed Kevin Newsome would be the only top-flight quarterback Michigan had a shot at in 2009, California QB Robert "Tate" Forcier has committed to Michigan, filling the void left by the decommitment of Newsome. Forcier (6-1, 190, 4.63) is the younger brother of former UM (now Stanford) QB Jason Forcier. For the most inside of all the information on Tate, check out his family site. Forcier plans to enroll in January at Michigan.

Player Notes
Forcier is a pass-run quarterback who is a much better fit for this UM system than his brother was for the old one. Forcier switched schools entering his sophomore season to avoid starting over his older brother Chris (now at UCLA). Tate is a pass-first dual threat quarterback. For those worrying about a lack of speed, it may be comforting to know that he had more rushing yards than Kevin Newsome as a junior. Tate is a little bit short (around 6-1), and his arm strength is not elite. However, he is fairly fast (faster than his former Wolverine brother), and his arm is very accurate. For the Scouts, Inc. evaluation of Tate, check out his site. One thing to keep in mind about Tate is that he has had a private QB tutor for much of his football-playing career, so his floor is very high, but he may be close to his ceiling as a passer.

Recruiting Notes
Like his older brother before him, Tate Forcier grew up a fan of the Michigan Wolverines. This gave Rich Rodriguez and company a leg up in his recruitment. However, with a family member leaving the program just a couple of years before Tate would enroll, it was unclear whther there would be hard feelings towards the Michigan program. Forcier was offered early in the process, when Russell Shepard and Kevin Newsome were the only other signal-callers holding offers from Rich Rodriguez. Speaking of offers... Tate posted all of his online (and it was really annoying to Google him every day and see that another hack columnist around the country had noticed). However, Tate said he wouldn't start trimming his list until the Pryor situation was resolved. When Pryor picked against Michigan, many thought Pryor's other "finalists," Penn State and Michigan, were among Forcier's top schools (along with Oregon). Before Kevin Newsome committed, he and Tate talked on Myspace about attending school together. When Shavodrick Beaver also gave his word to become a Wolverine, Tate was not to be dissuaded, still speaking highly of Michigan. When Kevin Newsome decommitted, Forcier was almost immediately in town for an official visit to the Utah game. Shortly after, Forcier made the decision to pull the trigger and commit to Michigan.

Video

Junior year part 1


Junior year part 2

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“Tate Forcier Goes Blue”

  1. Anonymous Anonymous Says:

    Hell yeah! Welcome Tate. Go Blue!

  2. Anonymous Anonymous Says:

    Glad that Beaver and Forcier are both enrolling early. Hopefully they'll be ready to go by beginning of '09 season.

  3. Anonymous BleedNBlue Says:

    Welcome Mr. Forcier!! It's nice to see we now have a commit who knows the meaning of the word "COMMITMENT"!

  4. Anonymous Anonymous Says:

    I actually think a high floor guy is a better fit right now. They need someone who will start right away, and Forcier is clearly the most ready of all the likely recruits. Even if his upside is only solid Big 10 quarterback. They can shoot for bigger upside once the position is stabilized.

  5. Anonymous Anonymous Says:

    Something about his video makes me think "the QB version of McGuffie"

    Just something a little slick/slippery in his play I guess.