Runyan Jr. says U-M is his 'Dream School'

Jon Runyan Jr. committed to Michigan today. GBW caught up with Runyan Jr., as he discussed his commitment, his parents reaction, his talks with coaches and more.

Last week, offensive lineman Jon Runyan Jr. came to the Michigan football camp looking to earn a scholarship offer from U-M, who he considered his "dream" school.

After a strong two-day performance--he earned a Michigan offer—and went home to think over his decision to become a Wolverine with his family and friends.

Today, exactly seven days since the Wolverines' offered Runyan Jr. to be part of their 2015 class, he has announced his commitment to the University of Michigan through his Twitter account.

"Proud to be part of Team 136 #GoBlue," said Runyan Jr. earlier today on Twitter.

Runyan Jr. is the second player to commit to Michigan's 2015 class. His commitment comes a day after U-M landed its first commit, Andrew David, a kicker out of Massillon Washington (Ohio) High.

"It's my dream school and I really don't want to play anywhere else," said Runyan Jr., who is heading into his junior season at St. Joseph's (Philadelphia, Pa.) Prep. "I just can't play anywhere else. I couldn't see myself playing anywhere else."

Runyan Jr., is the son of former All-Big Ten offensive lineman, Jon Runyan, who starred for the Wolverines' from 1993-95. He said he went home and talked the offer over with his parents, especially his father, before making his final decision.

"I just wanted to let them know and thank them for everything that they have done for me," Runyan Jr. said. "They were fine with everything. It was eventually going to be up to me. They were fine with any decision I made. I am pretty sure I made the right one.

"My dad (thought) I was going to commit the whole time. I have been telling him my whole life that I want to play football for Michigan. He wasn't surprised I committed. He was just happy and relieved. He feels awesome that I am going to Michigan."

Runyan Jr. called Michigan coach Brady Hoke and assistants Dan Ferrigno and Darrell Funk on his decision to be a Wolverine earlier today. He said the coaching staff couldn't have been happier.

"I called Ferrigno first," Runyan Jr. said. "He said I made his day even better. He said it was going good, but I made it better. He was really happy. Then I talked to coach Funk, and he was of course happy and he couldn't wait for me to get up there, even though it's going to be in two years.

"Then I talked to coach Hoke and told him I was going to accept the offer. And then coach Hoke said it out loud and you could hear his wife and daughter screaming their heads off in the background. They were happy, too. It was pretty funny."

Currently, Runyan Jr. comes in at 6-foot-4, 250-pounds, and says he is being recruited to play multiple positions once he gets to Ann Arbor.

"Coach Funk says he sees me as an offensive tackle," Runyan Jr. said. "And coach Ferrigno says he wants me at tight end. So I really don't know, but I probably will play offensive tackle."

Now that his decision is over, Runyan Jr. said he is preparing to have a big junior campaign.

"I really just want to focus on the fundamentals and everything. I want to make sure I am getting myself better with the little stuff. Cause that's what's going to help you win. I am going to get stronger and everything, but it's the little things that make you better."


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