Johnny Sears Talks About U-M Official Visit

Michigan defensive back commitment <b>Johnny Sears</b> from Edison High School in Fresno, Calif., finally took his official visit to Michigan this past weekend. GoBlueWolverine Magazine spoke Tuesday with Sears about the trip, and what Michigan is expecting of their hidden gem. <br>

It's been written over and over here on the pages of GoBlueWolverine Magazine that Michigan scored a significant coup when it secured the commitment of defensive back Johnny Sears from Edison High School in Fresno, Calif. The 6-foot-1, 178-pound speedster was way below the radar when he pounced on the Wolverine offer, growing up a fan of one of the greatest players ever to wear the Winged Helmet. "I wear No. 2 in honor of Charles Woodson," Sears said at the time of his commitment. I've always wanted to go to Michigan."

This weekend, Sears made his first journey to what will be his home for the next four years. He returned from his official visit and spoke with GBW about the trip. "It was a good time," he said. "I really didn't know what to expect but it was all good. My host was Ryan Mundy. The best part was the stadium, that was pretty cool."

Sears said he had a chance to speak with his position coach, Ron English, who also happens to be the one who discovered Sears. "We talked about what would be expected of me at Michigan," Sears said. "He told me they were going to need me to come in and play right away, no redshirt or anything like that. I feel like I'm ready and I'm looking forward to It."

Shortly after he announce for Michigan, one of the top programs in the country immediately tried to change his mind. USC coaches were on the phones attempting to persuade Sears to stay closer to home; he was having none of it. Are they still in contact with him? "Yeah, I hear from them once in a while," Sears said. "I have offers from them and Oregon State." GBW recently attended an Edison basketball game; Sears is a guard for the Tigers, and saw Cal-Berkeley Head Coach Jeff Tedford in the stands. Tedford was sitting with the father of Edison player Robert Peele, who later told GBW he would be committing to the Bears. Tedford also stopped to say hello to Sears. "They've come on a little bit," Sears said. "But they haven't offered. I'm solid to Michigan anyway, I'm not going anywhere else."

Sears does have a little bit of work to do academically. "I took a test and didn't qualify," he said. "I need to get my score up, and Coach English told me that was my first priority. I haven't signed up for the next test yet, but I will soon."

Sears only played one year of varsity ball, having transferred from McLain High School after his sophomore year. Still, after a season in which he nabbed seven interceptions, returning two for touchdowns, and racking up 103 tackles, his football career is not quite over. "I may play in the City/County All-Star Game, and Coach English wants me to play in the Shrine game," he said. Sears has already participated in the Prep Bowl, where he earned MVP honors.

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