Cheathem Always a Wolverine

Pomona (Calif) DB <b>Keston Cheathem</b> announced his commitment to attend the University of Michigan at the Jan. 2 CaliFlorida Bowl, but there was never really any doubt about where he was going. GoBlueWolverine Magazine spoke with Cheathem Tuesday night and he gave us his thoughts on his recruiting and commitment. He also gave a little tidbit on team-mate <b>Eugene Germany</b>.

Pomona (Calif) DB Keston Cheathem made his college intentions public last Friday at the annual CaliFlorida Bowl game in Moorpark, Calif. But he told GoBlueWolverine Magazine the issue was never in doubt. "When I was a freshman I said if Michigan ever offered me that's where I was going to go," Cheathem said. "It's a dream come true for me."

GBW first broke the news of Cheathem's Michigan offer back in the summer. Did he consider pulling the trigger then? "Yeah, I thought about it because I was so excited," he said. "But I wanted to make sure and take all my visits. I almost thought about Washington State because my homies are up there, but it was Michigan all the way."

Cheathem said he called Michigan coaches Ron English and Lloyd Carr the morning of the CaliFlorida game. "They were happy I was coming on board but were still upset about the Rose Bowl so we didn't talk about much," he said. "That game was a fluke and it would be different if they played again."

Cheathem has said all along that the plans for him were to start at corner and move to safety after he put on some weight. Things haven't changed there and with Marlin Jackson returning it appears the talented DB may take a red-shirt year to bulk up. While Cheathem said he is excited about competing for playing time right away he isn't against the idea of red-shirting if it will help him and the team in the long run.

His mom had expressed a concern about her son going so far away from home, but all seems to be ok. "I talked to her about it last week and she gave me her blessing so it's cool."

Cheathem's team-mate, LB Eugene Germany, was set to announce at the CaliFlorida game as well but changed his mind after deciding to take a visit to USC on Jan. 16. "I don't think Eugene is going to leave me alone, he'll be a Wolverine," Cheathem said. "We've talked about going to school together for a long time."

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