In the midst of some of the most important games these young men will play in their lives, senior and 2013 Michigan commitment Wyatt Shallman received a phone call with a tremendous honor from the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl that came out of nowhere for the 6'3, 250 pound athlete.
"I really wasn't even thinking about it," Shallman told GoBlueWolverine. "I wasn't even thinking about any bowl games. I was happy for everyone who was getting invited to Under Armor and Army and stuff - I was just truly happy. I was content with just playing my season and having a good time and not worrying about it."
"My dad got a call and said you should probably call them back," added Shallman. "I talked to them on the phone, got invited and it was great."
Shallman won't be alone when he makes his way to Los Angeles, California at the end of the year in preparation for the game on January 4th, 2013. Three other Michigan commitments plan on representing themselves, family, schools and the Wolverines.
"I think four of us are going to the Semper Fi bowl so it's going to be a great chance with Taco (Charlton), Ross (Douglass) and Kyle (Bosch) so its going to be a great time," said Shallman. "A lot of them are coming in early this January so I live right by Michigan so I'll be able to hang out with them and stuff like that."
"All the other recruits at Michigan who are committed for team 134 are real close," added Shallman. "I know them all pretty well cause I've played against Shane for four years now and all the other players we know cause of twitter. Michigan does a great job of letting us get to meet each other before we come in so there's a cohesive bond going into the season."
Shallman and his comrades are hoping to add another member to the 2013 class in Virginia running back Derrick Green. Although Shallman is expected to join the backfield in Ann Arbor as well, he could see a nice combination between the two of them.
"He's doing great and if he wants to come to Michigan that's great," said Shallman. "He can do a bunch of things and I think I could interchange with him a lot and maybe do some more catching out of the backfield and stuff."
The question is, will Shallman wind up on offense at Michigan? Due to a hamstring injury that just doesn't seem to want to go away, Shallman has been forced into a different role at defensive end for the Shamrocks. With a talented and productive backfield at Catholic Central the transition has worked out nicely but nothing is set in stone as it pertains to his future. Shallman is acquitting himself well defensively but will be ready to play whenever his name is called and on whichever side of the ball helps the team the most.
"I've been recruited as an athlete," said Shallman. "I've talked to running backs coach Fred Jackson and I could definitely see myself doing some defense. At Semper Fi I'll be playing some D-end and outside linebacker. I'm just excited to have the opportunity to play anywhere really."
To watch GBW's recent interview with Shallman, including highlights from Catholic Central's win over Orchard Lake St. Mary's, press play below.