Warren (OH) Harding standout D.J. Williamson has made little secret of his affinity for the University of Michigan. His devotion has maintained its resiliency even in the face of the uncharacteristic season in Ann Arbor and constant ridicule from scores of Buckeye fans. That's why word of the offer extended by the Wolverines resulted in overwhelming excitement. All that stood in the way of him and a commitment was making it to campus, which is exactly what he did yesterday.
"When we first got there, we had a little dinner, then they took us around the weight room and the practice facility," Williamson recalled. "Then they talked to us about the academics. Last night they had the Night of Champions and that was nice. I was there today, but I didn't stay for the practice. It was nice. It was real nice. My parents liked it a lot too."
For Williamson the most pressing question heading into his trip to campus was did he really have a firm Michigan offer? Did the school that he dreamed of playing for really want him to don the winged helmet?
"I talked to them and Coach Gibson told me I couldn't leave Michigan without becoming a Wolverine… and it happened," Williamson said moments ago. "I talked to mostly of all the receivers. They just said that Coach Dews told them that they were trying to get me to hop on board last night. They just told me to hop on. Then I talked to Coach Dews and I had a meeting today with Coach Rodriguez (and committed). He was happy. He was real happy."
"It came down to just always being a Michigan fan," he added. "That's what I always wanted to do… follow my dreams… follow my heart."
With his commitment now in the books, Williamson insists his recruitment has reached its end. There won't be visits to other schools. His athletic focus will be on finishing his high school career and Harding in strong fashion and readying himself for the possibility of seeing the field early at Michigan.
"I'm playing receiver (for Michigan)," he said. "(Rodriguez) really didn't say anything (about another position). He said they look to play nine or ten freshmen, so that made me feel real good."And no, this is not the mystery commit mentioned on the site earlier this morning.