Michigan has received a commitment from Wichita Falls defensemen Sam Piazza. Originally a Boston College commit for 2012, Piazza reclassified to 2013 after suffering a season ending concussion playing for Sioux City of the USHL. After missing a year his USHL rights were traded to Chicago, who later sent him to Wichita of the NAHL. He never became a member of the 2013 Boston College recruiting class and decommitted.
At 20 years old Piazza has had time to grow into his frame and physically will come to campus college ready. Listed at 6'0, 200 pounds he fits the mold of the stay-at-home defensemen that Michigan is lacking but has improved his offensive game significantly this season in the NAHL, becoming a better skater in transition and moving well without the puck. The Boston College gold standard for recruiting would lead me to believe Michigan is getting a player with higher potential who can step into the lineup right away on the 3rd pairing, before becoming a solid 2nd pair defensemen later in his career.
The Wolverines will graduate two left handed defensemen this offseason in Mac Bennett and Kevin Clare. They return Mike Downing, Nolan De Jong and Mike Szuma.
Piazza will join Cutler Martin, Connor Murphy, Dexter Dancs, Dylan Larkin, Tony Calderone and Alex Talcott in the 2014 Class.
|2011-12||Sioux City Musketeers||USHL||13||1||0||1||4||0|
|Wichita Falls Wildcats||NAHL||17||2||3||5||11||-3|
|2013-14||Wichita Falls Wildcats||NAHL||39||6||20||26||40||-5|