In-state DE Ryan VanBergen Commits

Michigan's class of 2007 grew by one yesterday when Whitehall (MI) High's Ryan Van Bergen pledged to the Maize and Blue during an unofficial visit to campus.

Ryan VanBergen had seen the interest in him steadily pick up over the past few weeks, but it reached a fever pitch yesterday when he traveled to Ann Arbor.

"Michigan just offered him," VanBergen's mother said. "Myself, my husband, Ryan and his brother went down there to watch a practice. They had invited us down a little bit early to show me around because I hadn't seen the campus yet. They had seen it at the junior day. Coach Carr brought us into the office and talked to us for quite a while and he personally offered it to Ryan."

VanBergen's outstanding junior campaign, (in which he registered 59 solo tackles, 32 tackles for loss and seven sacks from his defensive end position), had already garnered offers from Indiana, Purdue, Western, Michigan State, and Miami of Ohio. The 6-5, 250-pounder made sure to give those programs the word personally before releasing the news of his commitment. At the end of the day, the allure of the Maize and Blue was too strong to deny.

"Their facilities are wonderful," Mrs. Van Bergen said regarding Michigan. "He went to camp there. Coach Stripling (his recruiter) was his coach at camp, so he already has a relationship with him. He really likes Coach Stripling a lot. Ryan got to sit in on one of the meetings yesterday and they were all welcoming to him. Just the whole feeling…it was just a nice feeling. They really went out of their way to treat him well and welcome him. Just growing up, his dad was in the Air Force and we've moved a lot, but we've always been able to follow the Wolverines. So he's grown up with his heart hoping to go to U of M some day. That was kind of a dream of his. That kind of came true for him yesterday.

Stay tuned for more from Ryan himself in the coming hours.

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