Word surfaced out of Lansing last evening that the channel 6 (WLNS) evening news reported Jackson (MI) quarterback Antonio Bass would soon be making a commitment to spend his college football days on the gridiron at the University of Michigan. A number of queries about the veracity of the story were sent to GBW so we placed a few calls to track down the latest in Bass's recruitment. GBW first spoke with Jackson athletic director Russell Davis, who seemed completely surprised by the report in question. "I haven't heard anything about that," Davis said. "It would be news to me."
A later call to the Bass household revealed that Davis wasn't the only one that would have been shocked by the development. "That report is totally false," said Bass's mother late Tuesday evening. "We heard that the TV station reported that last night but they didn't call to confirm it with us until this morning. They said they wanted to set up a press conference for his announcement. I told them that I didn't know where they got their news from but that it wasn't true. He is not committed to anyone and has no plans to make a commitment anytime soon."
One thing that will happen soon is another trip 30 minutes down the road to Ann Arbor. Bass and his dad will head to campus this weekend to take in the Michigan - Michigan State game. That will mark his second visit to the Big House this month.
The Wolverines remain in very good standing with the home state star, but it sounds like it will be a while before he decides to cast his lot with one of the programs on his list. "He's going to take his remaining four official visits," Ms. Bass said. "His season ended last week so he's just relaxing right now. We're going to sit down next week and decide where he'll be going."
At one point Bass was going to have to plan those trips around the upcoming basketball season. He indicated in a previous interview that he planned to play on the hardwood one more time before he left high school. That plan has now changed. "He decided that he isn't going to play basketball this year," Ms. Bass said. "He said that he just wanted to work out and get ready to play college football."
The question now is will he play baseball. If not, we could see him on the field in San Antonio at the Army All-Star game. GBW will stay on top of this story.