Four Committed Texans Talk U-M Interest

While traveling through the Lone Star State during the contact period a few months back Michigan dropped in on a dozens of talented prospects. Some of them are committed to other schools, but that hasn't stopped the Maize & Blue (and others) from expressed interest. Is that interest mutual?

Just like every other year the state of Texas is once again home to a strong crop of college prospects in the 2015 class.  Michigan has worked hard in recent months to get in on some of that talent, including few that have already pledged to other schools. Four of the more notable commitments are Whitehouse (Tex.) safety Justin Dunning, Gladewater (Tex.) defensive tackle Daylon Mack, Troup (Tex.) quarterback/athlete Blake Lynch, and Dallas (Tex.) South Oak Cliff safety Jamile Johnson.

Dunning had garnered offers from LSU, Oklahoma, Texas and a host of others before ultimately deciding that Texas A&M was his best option.

“Its like the perfect school,said Dunning. “Its close to home, they play in the SEC, and its something that me and my mom really liked. Its always been a childhood favorite school.”

While his pledge is fairly firm, he indicated that there’s at least a slight possibility of him looking around.

“Im not sure yet,” said Dunning. Right now Im thinking A&M though.”

For Michigan to gain serious consideration an offer appears to be a prerequisite.

“I would probably want to take a visit (if the Wolverines offered),” he said.  “A couple of my coaches like some of the northern schools, so it’s a possibility to go see them. Distance really wasn’t a factor when I made my decision [to commit to A&M].

Like Dunning, Mack is also a Texas A&M commitment.  The 6-2, 306-pound five-star prospect also isn’t done considering his options, but Michigan is not currently among them.

“I am only really focused on three school right now and thats Texas A&M, (Ohio State), and (Auburn).”

Next on the list is quarterback/athlete Blake Lynch.  The 6-4, 190-pounder boasts offers from numerous programs at multiple positions. He settled on Baylor as his future home, but he too has indicated that he still may ponder other possibilities.

“I’m committed to Baylor and thats where I want to go at this point, but it never hurts to go out and enjoy the recruiting process,” said Lynch.  “Coach Cameron from LSU called me the other day telling to come there and check it out, coach strong called me and wants me to come to their junior day. Im committed to Baylor at this point, but it never hurts to weigh your options.”

Based in large part on his admiration for former Michigan signal caller Denard Robinson, Lynch hasn’t dismissed the Maize & Blue as a possibility.

“I just remember him and how effective (Robinson) was there,” said Lynch. “If I felt like Michigan was the place for me in Ann Arbor and I fit in their system… and if they gave me an offer and I liked it on an official I wouldnt have a problem going there.”

Jamile Johnson is thinking similarly these days.  The three-star safety just committed to Oklahoma on February 14th, but many of his other suitors are still coming on strong. 

“I recently committed to Oklahoma, but Texas and Notre Dame have been coming pretty hard too,” said Johnson.  “Those are the two that have been coming the most, but also LSU has as well.”

“It is possible that [a flip] could happen,” said Johnson.  “Even though I made my commitment I’m not closing everything off.  I want to keep my eyes open and see the whole country and what they have to say.  Some schools can only sign a limited amount of defensive backs and some schools send more defensive backs to the NFL, and that is my ultimate goal.”

Michigan has also started to enter the picture, but as is the case with Dunning and Lynch, it will take a stronger display of interest for the Wolverines to receive serious consideration.

“I would love to go to Michigan,” said Johnson.  “They are great and are a Big Ten team.  I love the Big Ten, but it would take an offer for me to visit.  They were close to offering me this spring, but they just need to look over my film some more.”

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