Exploding Offers, Summer Decision for Ditto

Things are building to a cressendo for Monroeville Gateway (in Pittsburgh area) tight end Jon Ditto, who had great combine stats recently. GoBlueWolverine learned the details in today's interview -- including when he plans to make his decision.

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GoBlueWolverine spoke Wednesday morning to Terry Smith, Monroeville Gateway Head Football Coach (and, BTW, stepdad of former U-M recruit Justin King).

Michigan has formally offered Jon now?

"Yes ... Coach Loeffler was in the school, and then Jon called Coach Carr and got the offer."

"Michigan was always interested in Jon, they have watched him for a few years now, and they've stayed in contact with him starting in January. But then seeing him at the Penn State Nike combine, live and in person, performing and working out -- that cinched it for them."

Jon had a top-notch performance at the combine.

"Jon got about 15 offers after the Nike combine -- he's got over 30 now. That was his only spring combine, and schools were waiting to see him, on the hoof so to speak."

"At the combine he measured 6-4, 221 pounds, and he ran a 4.5 sec. 40. And he benched pressed 185 pounds 28 times."

So his game is speed AND strength?

"Jon has a great combination of speed and strength. And on top of that he's the hardest worker on our team."

What position is Michigan, and other schools, talking to him about?

"Tight end ... Michigan likes to use that flex tight end, so they look for a guy who can create mismatches for linebackers and safeties."

We saw Jon at a Michigan game last fall.

"Yeah, I think it was the Purdue game; he's actually been there a couple times."

Talk a little about Jon as a person.

"He's one of those exceptional kids -- a great athlete, a 3.0 student with a 1090 SAT, a great kid, and a terrific leader who works harder than anyone."

Do you think it is still a PSU-Pitt-Michigan battle for him?

"Well, you have to include Notre Dame in there too. And that is just my opinion. He is actually narrowing down things with his parents -- once all the colleges are off the road from the spring evaluation period he'll settle on a final list within a couple weeks -- a top four, or five, or six, whatever it turns out to be."

Is he still looking at a summer decision?

"I'd say mid to late June. Whatever schools he settles on as finalists -- he'll go visit any school from that list that he hasn't seen yet, or make a return visit to a school if he thinks there is some place he needs to see again in order to make his decision."

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