Is Witherspoon Staying Put?

For Absecon, NJ LB Marcus Witherspoon, the decision to become a Michigan Wolverine was one he settled a long time ago. Now that the head coach he thought he'd play for has decided to retire, is commitment #6 now re-thinking things?

Things couldn’t be going much better on the gridiron for Holy Spirit High (Absecon, NJ) LB Marcus Witherspoon. The 6-2, 215-pounder has been a dominating presence this season en route to helping position his squad for a chance to bring home the ultimate crown.

“We’re in the state championship,” Witherspoon said. “The game is this Saturday at 2:00. We’re 11-0. So far I have I had 23 sacks, 100 tackles, and one interception for a touchdown.”

That was exactly the kind of season four-star prospect was hoping to have when he opted to end his recruitment early in the year. Part of the rationale for that choice was to eliminate any possible distractions that might arise as a result of prolonging things. Michigan emerged as the clear favorite back in April after a spring practice visit, and he later cemented the Wolverines standing by committing on another visit in early June. At that time, however, Lloyd Carr was slated to his next coach. Did the possibility of Carr’s retirement enter into that decision making process?

“Nah, not really,” Witherspoon said regarding whether he saw it coming. “But he is doing what he wants to do to make him happy. I respect the guy even though I didn’t get a chance to play under him. I respect him a lot.”

Witherspoon indicated that he learned about the news on TV, but a few conversations he had subsequent to that have made clear what his plans for the future are.

“I’ve talked to the coaches,” he said. “They call once a week… even before hand, just to see how I’m doing. J.B. (Fitzgerald) had called to see what was up. He was staying (with Michigan). I was staying already. That’s the only person I called. I’m staying (committed to Michigan).”

Some of the other commitments have been equally definitive, but left open the possibility of visiting other schools during or after the search process. Might Witherspoon do the same?

“No,” he said. “I’m focusing on the season. I’m not worried about the search.”

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