Samuelson Makes the Switch

Plymouth (IN) offensive lineman Dan Samuelson had been a Nebraska commitment since the summer, but he switched his allegiance to Michigan Saturday during his official visit in Ann Arbor today. According to Plymoth coach, John Barron, the Wolverines added a versatile prospect that "looks the part."

The uncertainty within Dan Samuelson regarding his collegiate future had been obvious in recent weeks.  His twitter account reflected as much just a few days after his December 15th unofficial to Michigan.

Tweeted Samuelson, “All this is too much. Stressed beyond my limits. I honestly don’t know what to do :( “

The only remedy to that confusion was one more visit to Ann Arbor this weekend, this time officially.  Halfway through the trip he made the call for the Maize & Blue.  His future Michigan teammates were the first to reveal the news via twitter.

“News travels fast,” Plymouth high coach, John Barron said laughingly.  “It has been kind of crazy… he just made the (decision). He just called me from Ann Arbor.  He is still up there right now.”

Samuelson initially planned to wait until after his visit to mull over his options, but the family feeling he has witnessed in Ann Arbor made the opportunity to appealing to any longer pass up.

“We went on an unofficial visit… I think it was Michigan’s second or third bowl practice… and I think the biggest thing was the camaraderie between coaches and players,” explained Barron.  “Dan really liked Bo Pelini at Nebraska and he liked their coaches, but I think the biggest thing was the relationship between player and coach.  And let’s be honest… Ann Arbor is about three hours and twenty minutes from Plymouth, Indiana and Lincoln, Nebraska is about 11 hours one way.  Dan is only child and he has a large extended family in this community.  We’re kind of a close knit group down here.  We’re happy that he is going to go to Ann Arbor and maybe we can see him play a little bit more.”

“I think relationships are important to Dan.  He wanted to meet these guys before he made a decision.  Some of those young men are really nice kids.  I met a few of them and they’re very personable and very goal oriented kids, so it's an impressive class.  Dan meeting them was important.  That was important to him.  I think he feels like he fits in well with those guys.”

Samuelson is now the sixth lineman in a class whose top priority appears to be fortifying the trenches.  The Hoosier State star is a versatile complement to the Wolverines’ already impressive haul.

Said Barron, “Coach Funk the offensive line coach and Al Borges the offensive coordinator, they think he can play guard or tackle there.  I think they like him as a tackle, but he has played guard for us in high school.  We are primarily a running team.  He can pull or he can set the edge as a pass pro guy, so either (position).”

“He is a big kid.  He is 6-6, about 285-290 right now.  He runs well.  He has got all of the intangibles or these guys wouldn’t be offering him scholarships.  He is athletic.  He can dunk a basketball.  He has been a multiple sport athlete in high school, and he is a great kid.  He has never been in trouble, he is a really good student and he has got all of the intangibles.  He looks the part… I can tell you that.”

Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for more from Samuelson himself in the coming hours.

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