Tuesday, June 25, 2013
U-M picks up second 2015 commit
By Chantel Jennings
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Two 2015 commits in just over 12 hours.
It sounds as if Brady Hoke and Michigan are up to their old ways again, picking up multiple commitments in a short period of time. The first came Monday as kicker Andrew David (Massillon, Ohio/Washington) committed. This time, the commitment comes from a more familiar name at a familiar position for most Michigan fans.
Tuesday, the Wolverines picked up a commitment from 2015 offensive lineman Jon Runyan Jr. (Philadelphia/St. Joseph's Prep). He confirmed his commitment via phone. He’s the son of former All-Big Ten offensive tackle Jon Runyan, who played for 14 seasons in the NFL and is now a U.S. congressman.
Jon Runyan Jr. plans to follow in his father's footsteps at Michigan.
“He was happy for me,” Runyan Jr. said. “It was up to me but he told me that I couldn’t go wrong with it. But this is what I wanted to do.”
The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Runyan joins David and grayshirt defensive tackle commit Brady Pallante (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) in the Wolverines’ 2015 class.
While it took David less than a day to go from offer to commitment on Monday, Runyan decided to take a bit more time.
He picked up his offer a week ago after camping with the Wolverines for a few days but knew he wanted to talk with his parents and coaches before making anything official.
“I just have a love for the school and football program and how nice the coaches are there,” Runyan said. “It’s overall a great place.”
Runyan plans to already get out on the recruiting trail for the Wolverines, as early commits in the 2013 and 2014 classes did. The Wolverines already have 27 offers out to 2015 prospects.
“I could see myself reaching out to kids from Ohio and Pennsylvania,” Runyan said. “I’ll definitely reach out to them and try and get them to give a look to Michigan.”