Signing Day Capsule: OL Justin Boren

This legacy recruit almost chose the Buckeyes, but decided to follow his heart and become a Wolverine. Boren was Michigan's second pledge for the 2006 class. ***Video included***

Justin Boren
Guard
Pickerington HS
(Pickerington, OH)
6-3/315/5.1
NR: *****
Position Rank: #7

Scout.com Player Video:
Justin Boren Scouting Video

His Recruiting Story
Justin Boren's dad Mike played linebacker for Michigan during the early 80's, and left Ann Arbor bleeding Maize and Blue. As a result, Justin grew up a die-hard Wolverine fan, but that didn't stop Ohio State from being a major player in his recruitment. The Buckeyes offered Boren well before the Wolverines did, thus earning the Buckeyes the early position atop his list.

“I grew up being a big fan of Michigan, a big fan, and I went to all of the games,” Boren said back in March of 05. “I still have Michigan shirts and stuff that I wear because I just have so many of them. But that’s neither here nor there. It’s going to be a decision that’s best for me, not who I liked growing up. It’s going to be a hard decision to make…I think it’s probably going to come down to Ohio State or Michigan, one of the two, and right now I’m leaning toward Ohio State... I’m not about to make a commitment or anything but Ohio State is my number one choice. I like Ohio State.”

”Sensing that they were on the verge of losing this legacy recruit, the Michigan coaching staff got very aggressive and got Boren on campus a number of times over the next few months to let him know just how important he was to their class. A late March trip to Ann Arbor got the Wolverines back on track. "We got up there on Friday at 11:30 and we stayed until 5:30," Boren said in late March. "We talked to coaches first. I talked to Coach Carr by myself for about an hour. I've talked to him multiple times before, but we never really talked about what we talked about on Friday. We talked to Coach Moeller, the offensive line coach, for over an hour. I got to talk to the strength and conditioning coach, Coach Gittleson. He is a great guy. He has been in the business for a very long time. We also talked to the academic advisor. Before this, I was definitely leaning toward Ohio State. But after the visit, I'm definitely split. I'm 50-50 all of the way. I've got a very tough decision to make."

For Boren, picking the Wolverines would be as easy as some might think. His family lives just outside of Columbus where his dad owns a construction business. "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."

The indecision came to an end in May when a conversation with a legendary Wolverine helped convince young Boren that Michigan was where he needed to be. "I talked with Coach Moeller and Coach Carr," Boren 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 …My mom couldn't come up (to campus) before. She had some questions that were answered today, so I went ahead and committed to Michigan. There are some things that would have made it easier for me to commit to Ohio State, but in the end, I just wanted to go to Michigan."

GoBlueWolverine Commentary
At 6-3, 315 pounds Justin Boren is the quintessential guard prospect. He plays with great leverage, power, agility, and mean streak that made him an unstoppable force on the high school level. Boren has an excellent blend of power and quickness. He could press over 460-lbs and squat over 650 by the spring of his junior year, but what makes him truly special is how agile he is. Boren is dominant at the point of attack, but he is nimble enough to get around the corner and pull or reach the second level of the defense on running plays up the middle. In the Army All-American game in San Antonio Texas he was man amongst boys, plowing through west team defensive linemen all day long. The majority of the East team's running plays, including two touchdown runs, went right over him.

Boren has enormous potential and is one of the more complete guard prospects Michigan has brought in in recent years. It would be extremely surprising if he were not a multiple year starter for the Maize and Blue.

Scout.com scouting report: Boren plays tackle in high school but will move inside and play guard at the next level. Justin is a relentless road-grader looking for the knock-out punch on every play. He's physical at the point of contact but also athletic enough to get the 2nd and 3rd levels. Very good in space.


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