Decision Time Nears for Ohio OL Justin Boren

Offensive lineman Justin Boren was in Ann Arbor this weekend to spend some time on the University of Michigan campus, one with which he is very familiar. On Saturday he attended the Nike Camp being held at U-M. Sunday, he told about the visit, and his impending decision.

The recruitment of offensive lineman Justin Boren of Pickerington, Ohio High School, the son of former Michigan player Mike Boren, has been one of intense rumor and speculation -- one day it's this school, the next it's the other. What makes his journey different that any of the others who have had the privilege of being recruited by the top college football programs in the country? Possibly because of the fact that Boren's choice will be between two of the most storied and bitter rivals in all of sports -- Michigan and Ohio State. Boren has maintained all along that he wanted to make an early decision in order to concentrate on his season. He will graduate in December, and enroll in the school if his choice in January.

That decision may now come even sooner. "I had originally thought I would decide sometime in June," the 6-foot-3, 319-pound Boren said. "Now I may decide in the next couple of weeks, possibly no later than June 1. I'm looking forward to getting it over with. I have a pretty good idea of who it will be. I've been calling other coaches to let them know I'm down to just OSU and Michigan. I know other people like to keep it going, I don't want to do that to the other coaches. They have been great and deserve that respect."

Over the weekend, Boren was on the campus of one of his finalists. He said he had a chance to visit with some of the Michigan staff on Friday. "I talked with Coach Moeller and Coach Carr," he said. "I also spent about an hour and a half talking with Coach Schembechler. I've met him before, of course, because my dad played for him, but this was the first time I really had the chance to sit down and talk with him. He's a great guy."

Saturday brought the Nike Camp to Oosterbaan Fieldhouse on the Ann Arbor campus, and Boren was one of the participants. "I felt I had a real good camp," he said. "I ran a 5.24 in the 40 and did 40 reps on the bench press (at 185)."

Boren said he wasn't sure if he would attend camps at Michigan or Ohio State, but was certain he wouldn't visit any other schools.

"I'm comfortable with my decision," he said.

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