McAvoy Talks About Commitment

Offensive lineman <b>Tim McAvoy</b> from Bloomington, Ill high school recently became the ninth prospect to pledge to the Wolverines for the rectuiting class of 2005. GoBlueWolverine Magazine spoke with McAvoy Wednesday evening to talk about his commitment.

"I received the offer on Friday, thought about it for a day and called to accept on Saturday," Tim McAvoy said. "I love Michigan and it's always been a dream of mine to play for them, it's a great school and just an awesome place, there isn't anything that will change my mind."

McAvoy chose the Wolverines over Wisconsin, Northwestern, Arkansas, Cininnati, Bowling Green, and others. The 6 foot 6, 265-pound McAvoy plays tight end for Bloomington but, as GBW reported when announcing the commitment, he will move inside for Michigan. "The coaches told me they want me for tackle or center," he said. "I really don't care where I play as long as I'm on the field."

Tim Sr. played ball for Gary Moeller when the former Michigan head coach was at Illinois, but young McAvoy said there was no pressure from family to head to the Illini. "My dad and I have a great relationship with Coach Andy Moeller," he said. "They always wanted me to make the best choice for myself, and I always watched Michigan and wanted to play there."

One question that will certainly come up regarding McAvoy will be his size. While 6-6 is tall enough for the offensive line, his 265-pounds may be a bit light. McAvoy has been steadily gaining both height and weight throughout high school. "I started high school at about 6-3, 205-pounds," he said. "My parents are both tall, my mom is 5-10 and my dad is close to 6-5, and I lift weights often and have been gaining weight even over the summer."

With a reported 3.3 grade-point-average and a score of 24 on the ACT, McAvoy is fully qualified and said he wants to major in architecture. "I've looked at the architecture school on the web and at the different ranking sites," he said. "Michigan ranks anywhere from 4th to 8th so I know it's a good school for me."

McAvoy didn't attend last weekend's academic day but has been on the Ann Arbor campus for other occasions, including Junior Day and camp. "Michgian has been telling for the whole time to just keep calling and if a slot opened up I would get it," he said. "So I called coach Carr on Friday and he told me they had a scholarship for me, then I talked to him again on Saturday to accept." The departure of offensive lineman Tom Barishaj, announced at this weeks Big Ten Meeting in Chicago, may have been the slot the coaches were waiting to give to McAvoy.

He said he will take one official visit this fall. "I'm definitely planning on coming up for a couple games this season," he said. "I'll take my official to Michigan but that's it, I don't need to see anything anywhere else."

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