Monday, July 11, 2011
Michigan lands former Ohio State commit
By Adam Rittenberg
Michigan added another big name to its 2012 recruiting class and tweaked its archrival in the process.
While it hardly comes as a surprise, ESPNU 150 offensive lineman Kyle Kalis committed to the Wolverines during the weekend. Michigan now has 20 commits, including three ESPNU 150 prospects, in the Big Ten's top-rated class for 2012.
Kalis, if you recall, originally committed to Ohio State but wavered after coach Jim Tressel's resignation on Memorial Day. New Buckeyes coach Luke Fickell was able to keep the Lakewood, Ohio, prospect on board for several weeks, but Kalis eventually backed out of his pledge and immediately began looking north to Ann Arbor.
He bolsters a Michigan class already featuring several heralded line recruits on both sides of the ball.
Should Ohio State be concerned? While Kalis' switch isn't a shock, the Buckeyes have lost several top in-state players -- Kyle Dodson, Greg McMullen -- to other Big Ten programs. The uncertainty surrounding Ohio State seemed more likely to impact the team's national recruiting, but it's important for Fickell and his staff to re-establish themselves a bit on the homefront.
While Ohio produces a ton of FBS talent and the Buckeyes can't land all the top prospects, this would be a good time for a nice in-state surge.