A Tough Decision Awaits Justin Boren

Pondering a decision possibly akin to whether it is best to jump into the frying pan or the fire, offensive lineman <b>Justin Boren</b> of Pickerington, Ohio North High School has his school choices down to two bitter rivals, with repurcussions arising from either choice. <br><br> Boren spoke with GoBlueWolverine Magazine Tuesday about his impending dilemma, and about why he didn't attend U-M's final spring practice Saturday.<br>

Offensive lineman Justin Boren of Pickerington, Ohio reports 17 offers at this point, including such football powerhouses as Florida, Oklahoma and LSU. Yet he has narrowed down his choice of schools to two longstanding and bitter rivals - Michigan and Ohio State.

Both U-M and OSU have reason to be optimistic about landing Boren. Justin's father, Mike, started at linebacker for Bo Schembechler in the early 80's. But the family lives just outside of Columbus, where the elder Boren owns a construction business. Whatever his final choice, the young man will face praise and jubilation on one side, along with scorn and ridicule from the other, most likely in equal amounts. "I have a lot of thinking to do yet," Boren said. "It's a decision I'm not looking forward to making because I am getting a lot of pressure from both sides."

Rumors have circulated that the 6-foot-4, 280-pound Boren already made his choice. Some claim it is the Buckeyes, others say he will follow in his father's footsteps and head to Ann Arbor. Boren has consistently denied having made any decision. "I'm not committed anywhere," he recently told GoBlueWolverine.com.

Boren, ranked the No. 8 offensive lineman in the country by Jim S., was scheduled to attend Saturday's final Michigan spring practice, but family events prevented that from happening. "I was going to go up with my father," he said. "But he ended up having to work, and my brother was playing in a big baseball tournament. We've been up there so many times, and I will be at the Nike Camp on May 7."

He had also planned to attend the upcoming Ohio State spring game. "I don't think I'm going to that either," he said. "Obviously OSU is another school I've been to a lot."

Torn between two of the most storied college football programs in the country, Boren said he would like to have it over with by the time the season begins. "I have to sit down with my family and go over what's best for me," he said.

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