Western Michigan picked up a commitment from Southfield (Mich.) High School cornerback Davontae Ginwright on Tuesday, June 24. He is the ninth commitment from the state of Michigan for head coach P.J. Fleck and co. and is officially the 18th overall for the Broncos.
In Ginwright, WMU is picking up a corner with great size at 6-foot-3. He has a frame that appears capable of adding more bulk that'll come with a collegiate training program. He has passable speed in both recovery and straight-line, which pairs well with his above-average size for a defensive back.
Ginwright appears to play more safety at Southfield High School, but will transition more towards a cornerback spot when he gets to Kalamazoo. While his change of direction abilities aren't phenomenal, they'll be good enough and should get better with time in Kalamazoo. One thing is for sure, he's a tenacious hitter for a defensive back. Like fellow defensive back commitments, Florida's Richie Kittles and Illinois' Jamal Brown, Ginwright can lay the lumber to opposing receivers and running backs. A good example of this comes at the 20-second and 32-second marks of his highlight package.
Perhaps even better than his physicality is he's a pretty sure tackler, not missing many chances to wrap up opposing players, as featured at the 1:34 mark of his highlight film.
With verbal commitment spots filling up for the Broncos, they have another eight spots, give or take, they're looking to fill. I'd expect them to attempt to bring aboard another two-to-three defensive backs as well as a couple more offensive and defensive linemen and a linebacker.
Western's 18 verbal commitments put them in a tie for fourth-most nationally with Clemson, Tennessee, Mississippi State and Texas A&M. In addition to that, their 2015 recruiting class currently ranks 43rd nationally and could go up with Ginwright's commitment once he's properly rated. Even without that, WMU still maintains the top recruiting class in the Mid American Conference, with the second-best class in the MAC -- held by Central Michigan -- ranks 64th in the country.