Dreams do come true after all.
That most certainly is the case with Warren De La Salle (Mich.) senior outside linebacker Jared Wangler, who committed to Michigan Friday afternoon after receiving his “dream” offer from the Wolverines a week earlier. He had previously been committed to play for Penn State.
At 6-foot 1, 215-pounds, Wangler is the brother of current Michigan freshman wide receiver Jack Wangler and the son of former U-M quarterback John Wangler, who quarterbacked the Wolverines from 1977-80.
“I have been going to Michigan since I was a little kid,” Wangler told GoBlueWolverine. “So it was kind of like a dream come true. It was definitely really special to me. Especially, because I have the opportunity to play with my brother and with Shane (Morris), who is one of my best friends, and play where my dad played. I just think it’s a cool opportunity.”
On Thursday, Wangler took an unofficial visit to Michigan’s campus and had the opportunity to sit down with the U-M coaching staff.
“We got there and sat down with (defensive coordinator Greg)Mattison) and coach (Brady) Hoke and the rest of the defensive coaches,” Wangler said. “They basically went over where they see me at in their defense. And they also showed me as soon as I stepped foot on campus that they are not as deep at linebacker that they originally had in mind. That there is no real two-deep when I get there. So that was something that stood out to me.
“Also, I just sat down with them and talked and got to know them more as people than coaches. And I really felt comfortable with them.”
After checking out the Big House and the facilities, Wangler took an opportunity to soak in the Michigan practice.
“And then we went back and watched practice,” Wangler said. “It was cool. I got to watch Shane and then I got to watch my brother. And then I went over and watched the Sam linebackers and a little bit of the Will linebackers.”
Wangler admitted that it was a tough decision to leave his Penn State commitment, but Michigan was on the only school that he would’ve left the Nittnay Lions for.
“The only school I ever really thought that can make me a mind change and take me away from Penn State would’ve been Michigan,” Wangler said.
He continued: “I mean, obviously, they are not very happy that I am decomitting. But they were very understanding. Which meant a lot and showed what kind of people they are. Coach (Bill) O’Brian and coach (Ron) Vanderlinden are two of the greatest guys I have ever met. They are two outstanding football coaches and are definitely bringing Penn State in the right direction. I just felt Michigan was the right spot for me.”
In the meantime, Wangler said he looking to be more of leader heading into his senior season at De La Salle.
“I am just working my behind off. We been working really hard. The whole team has. Not only am I working hard on the field but I am also working hard as a leader. I know this is my senior year and we have a great group of leaders. I feel the need of a great leader is almost as important as performing on the field, because you need a 11 guys to perform well – not just two or three.”