Michigan Football: Class Of 2019 Legacy Caden Kolesar Is Opening Eyes

Chris Balas, Senior Editor
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John Kolesar

Most veteran Michigan fans remember John Kolesar, a former Wolverine who played with Jim Harbaugh in the 1980s. Many will soon hear about his son, if they haven’t already.

Caden Kolesar, a sophomore, started at free safety for Lakewood St. Edward, an elite program in Ohio. His improvement over the past year has turned him into a Big Ten prospect.

“He’s bigger, stronger, faster and smarter than I ever was,” John Kolesar said. “He’s been raised with the teachings of Bennie Oosterbaan, Bo Schembechler, Woody Hayes and Lee Tressel, my dad’s high school coach before my dad went to Michigan, every day of his life.”

He’s also blood related on his mother’s side to Ed Franco, one of the ‘seven blocks of granite’ with the legendary Vince Lombardi and Alex Wojciechowicz from the great Fordham teams of the 1930s.

His recent camp numbers put him among the Best in the Midwest, TheWolverine.com contributor Jim__S noted .

“Caden Kolesar is a legit Michigan prospect,” he noted. “He is a Class of 2019 DB who started as a mere sophomore for Lakewood St. Edward, a Cleveland-area Catholic school power that churns out DI players (including just graduated Kyle Kalis). He had been on my radar since his frosh season and posted a solid 74.22 Nike rating as year ago at the Massillon camp.

“[April 7] weekend he posted a much-improved score of 104.04 (5-9.5, 194, 4.67 forty, 4.09 shuttle, 39.0 power ball and 29.6 vertical). This is a great score for a sophomore and was the third-highest Class of 2019 score at the camp, behind just the great Zach Harrison (top player in Ohio) and a DB who only weighs 153 pounds.”

It’s always hard to tell with young players, particularly freshmen, whether or not they’ll become Michigan caliber talents, but the younger Kolesar is getting closer and closer, if he’s not there already.

“He needed to continue to get faster, quicker and stronger. That he did,” Jim __S said. “A year ago he just ran 4.91 forty, 4.30 shuttle and had a 34 power ball. The improved measurables across-the-board (thick, fast, quick and strong), the fact that he started for one of the top programs in the Midwest and his bloodlines certainly now put him in a position to be a serious Michigan target. Of course, it does not hurt that pops was a receiver for Jim Harbaugh.”

And a great one. His proud dad would probably love to see his son follow in his footsteps.

“Schembechler would love this kid,” John Kolesar said. “He’s a throwback kid who works his butt off.”

Just like his old man.

Other Big Ten schools have shown interest and want to see him at camp, but U-M would likely have a leg up should the coaches pursue him diligently.

Check out his video on HUDL: CADEN KOLESAR

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