Sears Talks to GBW About Commitment

The Michigan football program received it's fifth commitment for the class of 2005. Defensive back <b>Johnny Sears</b> from Edison High School in Fresno, Calif. talked Saturday to GoBlueWolverine Magazine about his pledge and why he was under the radar.

Last season Michigan had to wait until after New Years for its first, and it turned out only, commitment from California. Defensive back Keston Cheathem from Pomona verballed to Michigan at the Jan. 2 CaliFlorida Bowl Game and signed in Febraury. This year the Wolverines got an early jump on their first pledge from the Golden State and it is another defensive back.

"Yes, I committed to Michigan on Wednesday," Johnny Sears said. "My coach was talking to Coach Carr on the phone and he handed me the phone, so I made the commitment then. I just love Michigan, they are always in the top 10 and always on top of the Big Ten, they have the biggest stadium and are a real good academic school, that's important to me. I also liked Charles Woodson."

Subscribers to GoBlueWolverine Magazine were not completely unaware of the 6 foot 0, 175 pound defensive back, who reports a 4.4 in the 40. He's been tucked into our Best Guess lists for some time, but, there was a reason he hadn't received a lot of attention. "I transferred from (Fresno) McLane last year so I had to sit out last season and play J.V ball," Sears said. "So nobody really knew about me. I didn't have any other offers that I knew of but my postion coach, Tony Perry, took care of all that. He is good friends with Coach English, so he knew I could play."

Coach Perry earlier told GBW that Sears had offers from Cal and Washington State, and had just received an offer from USC, but was sticking with his Michigan commitment.

The head coach at Edison is former All-Pro defensive Tim McDonald who played for the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals.

Sears said he attended the Senior Camp at USC earlier this year and also attended a one-day camp at Fresno State. He didn't report a GPA and said he hasn't taken the SAT or the ACT at this time. He said he is also undecided on a major.

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