"I wanted to let you know that I have verbally committed to Iowa," Michael said. "I made the commitment last Friday, and let the press know this evening. I'm happy to be a Hawkeye."
After speaking to Michael, I spoke to his father and head coach, Dan Sabers. He informed me the reason of Michael's decision. "I think the opporunity to be 15 minutes away from home was just too much," Dan said.
"There were too many good factors as Michael is very close to his family. We still do a lot of family activities, and he even spends time with his seven year old sister.
"Coach Ferentz and his staff were equally as impressive also."
The commitment to Iowa is to take nothing away from Iowa State, though.
"Coach Dan McCarney and his staff handled Michael's recruitment very well. We want to thank them for everything they did as they have a very fine program."
So what position with the people in Iowa City get to Michael transition from City High to Iowa?
"Primarily, they are recruiting him on the offensive side of the ball at tight end. Although, a few of their coaches liked him on the defensive ball at their camp.
"Certainly, he has good size and plays physically. I believe they just look at him as a player right now."