Jr. OL Justin Boren Has Storied Rivals on Top

The Boren name is familiar to Michigan fans as linebacker Mike starred for the Bo Schembechler teams of the early 80s. And now Mike's son, <b>Justin Boren</b> of Pinkerington, Ohio is being recruited by a pair of old rivals. <br><br>GoBlueWolverine Magazine spoke Friday with the younger Boren to see what his future plans are, and where he is leaning. <br>

Michigan's record with legacy recruits who live out of state hasn't been stellar in recent years. Two that come to mind are Alex Holmes, who decided to stay in Southern California, and Sam Keller, who, after committing to Michigan early, ended up signing with Arizona State. But those were California kids, and the west coast has a way of dimming the tradition and history of Michigan football.

Another legacy player, offensive lineman Justin Boren of Pinkerington, Ohio North High School, hasn't traveled far from Ann Arbor. The son of former Wolverine linebacker Mike Boren lives smack-dab in the middle of one of the greatest traditions in college sports -- or any sport for that matter. Columbus, Ohio is, of course, the home of Michigan's biggest rival, Ohio State. The Buckeyes jumped on the talented Boren early, hoping to gain an advantage over the pull of Ann Arbor. "They offered me real early," Boren said. "They were the first and they offered the spring of my sophomore year. Since then Northwestern has offered, and my coach told me today that Michigan State is going to offer me as well."

So, with two of Michigan's biggest rivals getting in on the talented junior, are the Wolverines making a push? "They haven't offered yet," Boren said. "I'm going up for their Junior Day (next Sunday, Feb. 20), hopefully I'll get an offer then. Even so I'd say right now Ohio State and Michigan are my top two schools." Boren said he also plans on attending the Purdue Junior Day that same weekend.

The 6-foot-4, 305-pound Boren said he is open to playing a variety of positions. While he now plays tackle for Pinkerington North, he said he will be moved to guard for the upcoming season. "I play defense too," he said. "I'm comfortable on either side. I've talked to coach (Andy) Moeller about where I'd play, since Michigan took a lot of lineman in their last class, and he said it was something he needs to discuss with coach Carr. He watched my film and said I looked good. I hope they offer when I'm up there for Junior Day." Boren said he also plans on attending the Nike Camp in Ann Arbor this year, as well as the one-day camp at OSU.

Boren has already spent many fall Saturday's at Michigan Stadium, and holds one part of the day close to his heart. "Running out of the tunnel onto the field is definitely the best part," he said. Boren attended four games in Ann Arbor this past season, along with two in Columbus. "I went to the Indiana and Michigan games at Ohio State," he said.

As far as decision time, Boren said he initially hoped to make an early choice. "I was thinking around May or June," he said. "I am going to graduate early, and start with whatever school in the spring if they'll allow it. So now I may wait until I take my visits. While I really don't want to go too far away from home, I might take visits to places like USC and Miami."

Pinkerington North, which has only been in existence for two years, finished the 2004 season 7-3.

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