Jason Forcier from St. Augustine High School in San Diego, Calif. is the 12th verbal commitment of the recruiting class of 2005. Forcier returned from his recent Michigan trip and said he wanted some time to think about his options, and to talk things over with his parents and coach. He said a decision between Arizona State and Michigan would come later in the week. Things seemed to come together quickly and the choice was clear. "I had a lot of time to think about things," Forcier said. "I was with my mom in the airport; we had a long wait so I had a lot of time to think and to talk to her about it. When I got home it was late but I talked to my dad a bit, then we talked some more on Monday."
Forcier also had a chance to speak with the Arizona State staff. "I talked to the coaches at Arizona State, and after that I knew it was Michigan. It was too late on Monday night to call Michigan, but that's when I decided. I called Coach Loeffler the next day, then Coach Carr called me later to say how happy he was I was coming to Michigan."
Forcier said from the beginning that Michigan was his dream school. However, once it appeared an offer was not coming from the Wolverines, he decided it was time to move on. "I knew they were going after other quarterbacks," he said. "I had to get on with things, first I looked at Utah, and then I looked at Arizona State. They were a good fit at the time so I committed. Since an offer from Michigan didn't seem to be coming I was sincere in my statement that I would go to ASU."
Has often happens in recruiting, situations change. Michigan felt the sting of a decommit not so long ago when another California quarterback, Sam Keller, decided to opt out of his verbal commitment to the Wolverines and sign with Arizona State. Forcier said he jumped on the opportunity to follow his heart when an offer appeared from Michigan, but didn't feel he went back on his word to the Sun Devils. "They told me they wouldn't recruit another quarterback when I committed to them," he said. "Then they brought in Ben Olson and I was a little concerned about that because of what they told me. I felt they had gone back on their word, which freed me to look elsewhere."
The 6 foot 2, 210-pound Forcier already has a time set for when he'll arrive in Ann Arbor. "My father just told me I was getting a trip to Europe as a graduation present," he said. "So I'll be over there for a couple weeks. When I return I'll be heading right to Michigan, I should be there right after the fourth of July."
Jason isn't the only talented quarterback in the family. His little brother is a talented hurler himself. "He came on the visit with me and my mom," Forcier said. "The staff was joking that he would beat me out when he gets to Michigan, who knows, I hope he gets the chance." Little Forcier is no a sophomore, and is already 6-2, 210-pounds, Jason said. "He's probably put on 25-pounds since you guys say him at the Ohio State Nike Camp.
Forcier is now playing basketball for St. Augustine. He plays forward for the Saints. He said his hoops schedule will interfere with any chance he will have to make it up to a Michigan practice while the Wolverines prepare to take on Texas in the Rose Bowl. "Our team leaves for Pennsylvania on Dec. 26," he said. "We get back on the 30th so I'll miss practices, but I plan on being at the game, we're looking for tickets now."
Forcier said Michigan quarterback coach Scot Loeffler will be in his home Thursday evening.
Jason Forcier Talks About Commitment
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