Kyle Bosch and 3 Other Top-250 Recruits Commit to Michigan on Saturday Visit
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For the second consecutive weekend the Michigan Wolverines' campus visitor list was filled with numerous Rivals Top 250 prospects, but this Saturday four of them decided to all become members of Michigan's 2013 recruiting class.
Four-star offensive tackles Kyle Bosch (Wheaton, IL) and David Dawson (Detroit, MI) along with 4-star athlete Wyatt Shallman (Novi, MI) and defensive back Jourdan Lewis (Detroit, MI) brought Michigan's class of 2013 haul to seven verbal commitments this afternoon.
Bosch is the No. 60 overall prospect in the Rivals250. He was the first to pull the trigger over the weekend and was by far the most surprising one.
"Kyle Bosch is now committed to the University of Michigan!" the 6'5", 285 pounder and St. Francis High School standout posted on his Facebook page.
The Illinois native held offers from 20 Bowl Championship Series conference teams and said at the end of January he did not expect to have a decision made until the summer.
"As of now I'm just trying to figure everything out and trying to size up all the schools to see what everybody has to offer," Bosch said on January 31st. "I don't know if I'll be able to make a decision by summer but if I can that'd be great."
Shallman's commitment came shortly after Bosch made his decision known to the Michigan coaches and told Tim Sullivan of TheWolverine.com that it has been on his mind for a while now.
"I committed to Michigan today," Shallman said. "I've been thinking about it with my family for awhile and it's the right decision."
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The No. 160 ranked prospect in the country liked everything he saw at Michigan, but there was one thing in particular that stood out to the two-way threat during his campus visits last fall and this winter.
"There are a lot of things that sold me, but [mainly] it's just their consistency and hard work," Shallman said. "There were a lot of people in there during free gym today running routes, so that's what I want to be a part of."
The 6'3", 255 pounder plays on the defensive line and doubles as a fullback and tailback in the backfield on offense for Detroit Catholic Central, which also features future Michigan defensive tackle Matt Godin (Novi, MI).
Although many experts project Shallman as a defensive player in college he believes there is a place for him as a running back in Michigan's pro-style offense.
"I don't need convincing from other people that I can play running back," Shallman said earlier this week. "I know that I work hard enough, and I have enough faith that I can do it."
The monster afternoon was capped off with the verbal pledges of Lewis and Dawson, who became the eighth and ninth Cass Tech High School players to choose the Wolverines since 2008.
"Two of them - Dawson and JD - went up there and just did it," Cass Tech head coach Thomas Wilcher told TheWolverine.com Saturday afternoon.
Even with the strong pipeline in place though, Dawson and Lewis were getting offers from several other schools and neither one of them seemed ready to make any kind of decision about their respective futures in the coming weeks.
The scholarship offer from Michigan Saturday afternoon was obviously too much for Dawson to turn down and the chance to continue playing football with Lewis, who nearly committed a couple of weeks ago, likely played a role in his decision.
"Kinda wanted to, to be honest with you," Lewis said on February 3rd. "But my mom and I talked about it, and she wants me to just hold on for a minute."
The Wolverines secured commitments from just about every member of their 2012 recruiting class last summer, which allowed head coach Brady Hoke and his coaching staff to get ahead of the curve in the pursuit of the nation's top junior recruits.
So far their hard work last spring and summer has already paid major dividends for their 2013 class in the form of Dawson, Bosch, Lewis and Shallman.
The four Rivals250 prospects join fellow 4-star prospects Shane Morris (Warren, MI) and Dymonte Thomas (Alliance, OH) and currently unranked tight end Khalid Hill (Detroit, MI) in Michigan's 2013 recruiting class.
Zach Dirlam is the Lead Editor of College Basketball and Big Ten Columnist for the Fox Sports, MSN and YardBarker affiliate website Sports at Work. He is also undergoing a trial period as a Michigan Football Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Check out his blog, Dirlam’s Dirty Dugout Sports Blog, which features this story along with other articles and video reports on the major sports. Follow him on Twitter @ZachDirlam_SPAW!
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