Stacey: "Michigan Was the Place for Me"

Caleb Stacey, a 6'4" 280 guard from the Queen City, wasn't even in town for the first big junior day for the Wolverines. He was actually visiting West Virginia. That, however, didn't stop him from calling the Maize & Blue brass on his way home. When they picked up he informed them that he was pulling the trigger for Michigan.

It wasn't planned, but sometimes the best moves aren't. Cincinnati (OH) Oak Hills OG Caleb Stacey wasn't in Ann Arbor for today's junior day events. but that didn't stop the Maize & Blue feeling from coming over him hundreds of miles away on another school's campus.

"I actually had a visit to West Virginia today," reported Stacey. "Aafter the visit, my parents and I sat down for dinner and we talked about it. Michigan just felt like home. It's just the tradition at Michigan and the offensive line tradition they have at Michigan really drew my attention, and I'm really excited to be a Wolverine."

Today's decision was actually one week in the making. The Queen City star still hasn't come down from the high from his visit to Ann Arbor nine days ago.

"I went up there last Thursday," said Stacey. "I first got there and met with all the coaching staff and I met with Coach Funk first and then all the offensive linemen in the meeting room and he told me he liked how I played. Then we went into Coach Hoke's office and he told me that he thinks I'm a fit for Michigan and he'd like to offer me a scholarship."

"I actually got to meet Denard Robinson. I didn't get to talk to him too long because they have lifting and running and stuff like that, so I just got to talk to them for a few minutes. He seemed like a great guy and a great quarterback. "

"When I left I just felt Michigan was the place for me and I just wanted to go home and sleep on it and make sure I was making the right decision."

News of the commitment traveled so quickly that Stacey hasn't even had a chance to phone his future head coach to give him the news.

"I actually just talked to Coach Smith," said Stacey regarding Michigan's linebacker coach and central/southern Ohio recruiter. "I'm giving Coach Hoke a call in a few minutes to let him know. Coach Smith was really excited. Nothing really more to say, he was very enthused and very excited."

When one hails from the Buckeye State and choosing "that school up north" often elicits criticism from locals. For Stacey, that kind of adversity will be no problem.

"It's actually funny because growing up I was never really an Ohio State fan," he explained. "So I always followed Michigan a little bit... and just Go Blue! I'll be up there again real soon. Probably in the next few weeks I'll be back up."

With his commitment now out of the way, next on Stacey's list of priorities is to get others to join him -- specifically those from the Buckeye State.

"Oh definitely, definitely," Stacey said when asked if he'd recruit for Michigan. "I actually got the name of Joe Bolden the linebacker from (Cincinnati) Colerain and he'll be getting a few texts about becoming a Wolverine with me."

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