Runyan Jr. Working Hard on his Technique

STORY: St. Joseph's Prep (Pa.) OL and Michigan commit Jon Runyan Jr. talks about his in-season progress, his decision to become Blue, the impact his father had on his decision, his next possible visit to Michigan, who he is recruiting to join him in Ann Arbor and more.

PHILADELPHIA – St. Joseph's Prep struck fast and early with four first-half touchdowns and were able to secure their post on top of the Philadelphia Catholic League Class AAAA standings, as the Hawks defeated rival La Salle College High, 35-28, on Friday night.

Prep (5-1, 2-0 Catholic League AAAA) jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the second quarter and led 28-7 at halftime, and ran behind junior offensive tackle Jon Runyan Jr., who is committed to play for Michigan.

"We came out flying," Runyan Jr. said. "We played a good nice three quarters. We didn't really finish the fourth quarter. We were lucky to come out with the win."

A former tight end, At 6-foot-4, 255-pounds, Runyan is entering his second season playing on the offensive line. This season he says, he has really taken the next step in learning the position.

"I have really focused on my technique," he said. "And how to take my individual steps and come off the ball. You know, it's all coming together and I think I'm doing pretty good now."

At his current size, Runyan is more likely to play in the interior in college then the outside, but if he had it his way, he'll being playing a tackle position once he suits up for the Maize and Blue.

"I really don't know yet," he said on what position he'll play at U-M. "Depending on how much I grow. I hope I can play tackle. I like tackle, it's a fun position, you're always outside.

"I hope I play it."

Runyan Jr. committed to the Wolverines in June and is the son of former All-Big Ten offensive lineman, Jon Runyan, who starred for the Wolverines' from 1993-95. While the commitment to Michigan was logical, Runyan Jr. says his dad let him make it on his own.

"My dad, he lets me do what he does," Runyan said. "He really doesn't try to pressure me or anything. He wants me to make my own decisions. He didn't force me to commit to Michigan. But I have always loved Michigan my whole life. So there was a no brainer committing to Michigan."

While Michigan is coming off its first loss, a 43-40 four overtime thriller at Penn State this past Saturday, Runyan says he tries to keep up with his future team as much as possible.

"I have only watched about two of their games," he said. "But I watch the highlights of their games. I always try to keep up with them. I think they can play down a little bit. But they are still a great team. They can pull it out this season."

Runyan said he's been in contact with Michigan assistant coaches' Curt Mallory and Dan Ferrigno on a regular basis. And with plenty of season left on St. Joseph's schedule, Runyan says tentative next possible visit to Ann Arbor could be for the "The Game" against rival Ohio State.

Michigan's 2015 class already has six commits and if Runyan had it his way, they would add another high profile prospect in his class.

"I talk to Jashon Cornell a little bit the defensive end. We just go back and forth," he said.

In the meantime, Runyan said he's focused on having an outstanding senior campaign.

"We need to do what we do. We need to come off the ball. We need to punch people in the faces and will be successful – and will win."

Please checkout images from Runyan's game below.

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