O'Neill to the Maize & Blue

Michigan opened up spring practice yesterday and during the initial session, the Wolverines picked a verbal commitment from the top offensive lineman in the state. Dann O'neill ended weeks of speculation Saturday when he officially pledged to the Maize & Blue.

When you’re one of the top prospects in the Midwest, usually the recruiting process is one you want to elongate. Take the visits, see the campuses, and be the center of attention.  But that isn’t Dann O'Neill's style, and thus, the big offensive tackle from Grand Haven saved himself from a year of distraction by committing early to the University of Michigan.

”Yesterday, I decided it was the best decision I could make,” O’Neill said. “I talked to my dad about it and went ahead and did it.”

O’Neill was already in Ann Arbor taking in the team’s first spring practice and decided at that time to inform the coaching staff of his decision.

”I talked to Coach Stripling about it first,” O’Neill said, “then I talked to Coach Moeller and they eventually took me to Coach Carr. They were pretty excited about it.”

The 6-5, 290-lb O’Neill started at left tackle for the Buccaneers, he also was a standout wrestler who placed seventh and the state finals last weekend. He first received notice as a prospect last summer when he won the smokehouse race (fastest offensive lineman) at the Michigan summer camp.

O’Neill had been receiving other recruiting interest from a number of schools including Michigan State and Notre Dame, and while there is plenty of time left before next Signing Day, looking around is not on this blindside protector’s agenda.

”I don’t think I’ll  take any visits,” he reported, “I’m committed to Michigan, so I’ll keep watching spring practices and I may go back to the camp, but that’s about it.”

The Wolverines, who missed on several in-state prospects last recruiting season now have verbal commitments from two of the top juniors in the state, Detroit Cass Tech CB Boubacar Cissoko and now O’Neill.

Keep checking in with Go Blue Wolverine for more on O’Neill including footage from his junior season.

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