McLaurin Makes the Call

It is now official. GoBlueWolverine Magazine spoke Thursday afternoon with defensive end/linebacker <b>Chris McLaurin</b> from Orchard Lake St. Mary's high school. He told GBW several days ago he would be committing to the Wolverines after receiving an offer at the recent Michigan camp. He placed the call this afternoon to Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr and made the pledge.

When GBW spoke with Chris McLaurin's mom last (Wed.) night she said her son would be calling in to the Michigan office about 10 a.m. to give his verbal commitment to Coach Carr. Unfortunately the Michigan head coach had to attend a funeral today and was unable to take the call until later in the afternoon. "I finally got a hold of Coach Carr around 5:00 and told him I wanted to go to Michigan," McLaurin said. "He said he was really excited about me coming on. We're all happy here too."

The 6 foot 4, 230-pound McLaurin told GBW after his return from the Michigan camp that he was going to commit; today's call was a mere formality. "I've loved Michigan my whole life," he said. "They've been recruiting me since my junior year and I guess they really liked what they saw at camp. They tried me out at three different positions, tight end, defensive end, and outside linebacker. After camp they gave me an offer."

Chris's mom told GBW that the University of Michigan is more than just a school for the McLaurin family. "Chris's father passed away a couple years ago," she said. "He was at the U-M Medical Center and they took wonderful care of him, the people there were very caring. He received the first double lung transplant in the world there, so Michigan holds a special place in out hearts." Chris added that the ability to attend Michigan is also a tribute to his father.

As a junior McLaurin made 50 tackles and 9-1/2 sacks. He is the fourth Michigan camper to pledge to the Wolverines since camp, joining Mister Simpson, Zoltan Mesko and Christian Richards. He is the eighth commitment for the class of 2005. Richards, from Monroe high school in Los Angeles, committed for the class of 2006.

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