His ligancy to U-M, however, is different from most commits. It’s more of a family thing with Runyan Jr. His father, Jon Runyan, starred for the Wolverines' from 1993-95 and was an All-Big Ten offensive lineman. So naturally when he committed in June 2014, it was a “dream” scenario for the lifelong Michigan fan.
"It's my dream school and I really don't want to play anywhere else," Runyan Jr said after his commitment. "I just can't play anywhere else. I couldn't see myself playing anywhere else."
"My dad (thought) I was going to commit the whole time,” Runyan Jr. said. “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."
Coming off an strong senior season at Philadelphia (Pa.) St. Joseph’s Prep, Runyan Jr. added nearly 20-pounds to his 6-foot-4, 276-pound frame. Listed as Scout.com’s No. 30 offensive guard in the country, he played most of his senior season at left tackle. Although he admits, he doesn’t know what position he’ll play at Michigan.
"I really don't know yet," he said. "Depending on how much I grow. I hope I can play tackle. I like tackle, it's a fun position, you're always outside.”
National recruiting analyst Brain Dohn gave this recent evaluation of Runyan Jr.:
“Runyan under is athletic and gets out of his stance quickly. He has good foot movement and can get to the second level, knows how to position his body and he does a fantastic job of recognizing whom to block. He spins the defensive player to square himself and seal a hole in the line of scrimmage and is technically sound. He needs to increase his strength and be quicker on his initial punch so defenders don't get in on him quickly.”
For more on Runyan Jr., watch his Scout Spotlight video below.