The Michigan Wolverines picked up verbal commitments from six Rivals250 prospects over the course of the day Saturday.
However, the good news continued to flow in Sunday night when both 4-star offensive tackle Logan Tuley-Tillman (Peoria, Ill.) and 4-star tight end Jake Butt (Pickerington, Ohio) became commits No. 7 and No. 8 of the weekend for the Wolverines.
"Officially a wolverine!!! #goblue," Butt posted on his Twitter account.
Butt is the No. 96 overall prospect in the first edition of the Rivals250 rankings and grew up an Ohio State fan. However, after a visit to campus on Saturday afternoon with his mother, he realized Ann Arbor is the best place for him.
"My dad went to some games up there with me this year, but my mom got the chance to meet the coaches," Butt told TheWolverine.com after his commitment. "And she looked like she was having a real fun time, too.
"It's good to get up there with my parents because they're the ones who have given me all these opportunities and gotten me to where I am right now. They got a chance to talk with the coaches, and they really liked it up here."
The 6'6", 230 pounder's decision came as a bit of a surprise to just about everyone, because as of last Tuesday, the Pickerington North High School standout had no plans to commit until this summer.
"Aw no, no. I'm not going to make a commitment," Butt told Tim Sullivan of TheWolverine.com. "I'm going to start thinking about it after I get some more junior days and get to see some more campuses, and talk to more coaches and meet them in person. I'll probably make my decision by next football season."
The Ohio native joins Khalid Hill (Detroit, Mich.) as the only other tight end commit in the 2013 class; however, the Michigan coaching staff believes Butt has a little bit more versatility his future teammate.
"They have two types of tight ends: the Y-back and the U-back," Butt said. "They said I could fit in at either spot and I'm the only guy who can do that right now that they've offered. That's great news too."
On the other hand, Tuley-Tillman has been a frequent visitor to Michigan's campus in Ann Arbor, and the return trip with his mother on Saturday sealed the deal for the newest member of the Wolverines' 2013 recruiting class.
"Officially a Wolverine & better yet a Michigan Man," Tuley-Tillman posted on his Twitter account.
The Wolverines have always been high on the list of Tuley-Tillman, who was recently ranked as the nation's No. 109 overall prospect by Rivals.com and possesses a 6'7", 295-pound frame that could make him an elite offensive tackle at the collegiate level.
The Manual High School standout made six trips to Ann Arbor over the past several months, but this trip was made even more special by the fact his mother was right alongside him.
"For me, it was pretty much more of the same," Tuley-Tillman said. "My mom got to see it too, though, and she really liked it. That was her first time."
Tuley-Tillman joins fellow standout offensive tackles Chris Fox (Parker, Colo.), David Dawson (Detroit, Mich.) and Kyle Bosch (Wheaton, Ill.), who all committed on Saturday, in Michigan's 2013 recruiting class.
The three other commits from Saturday were 4-star defensive end Taco Charlton (Pickerington, OH), No. 160 overall prospect Wyatt Shallman (Novi, Mich.) and 4-star defensive back Jourdan Lewis (Detroit, Mich.).
The eight weekend commits join one of the nation's top junior signal callers, Shane Morris (Warren, Mich.), 4-star safety and current Rivals100 member Dymonte Thomas (Alliance, Ohio) in addition to Hill as the first 11 commits 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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