Michigan Football Lands Third Commitment of Weekend and 17th of Year

Ryan JelleyAnalyst IAugust 31, 2008

This weekend the Michigan Wolverines hosted two of the top players in the in the nation, defensive end Craig Roh and quarterback Tate Forcier, one of which gave them a verbal commitment.

Forcier came into Ann Arbor not planning on making his college decision, but his visit to the Big House made all the difference.

The Californian chose the Wolverines over Texas A&M, Oregon, Arizona State, Penn State, and a handful of others he received scholarship offers from.

Forcier sat down with coach Rich Rodriguez Sunday morning to talk about how he had liked his visit in Ann Arbor.

"I met with coach Rodriguez about 10 a.m. and I must have talked with him for about an hour and a half," Forcier told thewolverine.com . "They were going to watch film and have meetings, but he continued to sit with me even though the coaches were waiting for him. We were talking, he was seeing how I liked it and he was explaining why they need me so much and the opportunity that I have to come in and play."

Before leaving for lunch, Forcier and his dad told coach Rodriguez that they would talk it over and if they couldn't give him a decision they would at least give him a top-five and where the Wolverines stand.

Before Forcier headed back to Rodriguez's office, he decided to give a call to someone who is familiar with being a Michigan quarterback, his older brother Jason Forcier, who played in the Big House before transferring to Stanford in the spring of 2007.

"I was talking with my brother and telling him how much I liked it and I talked with my dad about it," the younger Forcier said. "They both asked me the same question, 'Is this the place?' I've been to several schools and you feel good after you visit every school, but they both said it's not that type of feeling, it's a different feeling. The feeling that you know this could be the place for me.

"I told my brother that's the feeling I got and he said, 'Don't second guess it, go with your first thought.' I listen to my brother. He went through the same decision himself, so I walked into coach Rodriguez's office and gave it to him—a full-on commitment. All the coaches heard it and came running in and were congratulating me. I felt real comfortable and I think that's the place for me."

Forcier had the opportunity to see how much Michigan is struggling at quarterback when Nick Sheridan and Steven Threet took the field Saturday and could not get a drive going, though Forcier is confident he would be able to step in and assume the role.

Later, Forcier said, "I thought the quarterbacks did pretty good for it being the first game. There's a lot of things I saw from the sideline even though I know it's not the same from the sideline. All I can say is that offense isn't for them, but it's tailor-made for me."

Forcier is ranked as the No. 6 dual-threat quarterback by rivals.com. Forcier is also ranked as the most accurate quarterback in his class by the site.

Forcier is the 17th verbal commitment in 2009 and the third of the weekend.