The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Finch had 95 tackles and 10 interceptions as a junior, helping his team to their third straight state championship. In April, he attended the Scout.com combine in Iowa City and ran a disappointing 4.8 forty-yard-dash. His time may have been the result of a back injury suffered in a recent car accident, but some scouts at the combine suggested that he might be better suited for the weak side linebacker position if he can put on some weight.
Despite his commitment, the Wolverines still have some work to do. Finch told GoBlueWolverine.com "It's only a verbal commitment" and he plans to take all five of his official visits. He also indicated that USC is his favorite school and an offer from the Trojans may change things a bit, though Finch said it would take a lot for him to de-commit from Michigan.
Georgia Tech, Iowa, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia are some of the schools that joined Michigan in extending a scholarship offer to Finch.
An obvious trend this recruiting season is the early commitments of a large number of the top junior quarterbacks. It started last summer when Willy Korn committed to Clemson and continued this week with Pat Bostick choosing Pittsburgh.
In 2005, the five-star prospect from Lancaster, Pa. was named first team all-state by PA Football News after throwing for 2,810 yards, 34 touchdowns and six interceptions. This came after a sophomore season in which he threw for 2,278 yards with 28 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Bostick chose Pitt over North Carolina State, Georgia, and Louisville. Bostick also received offers from Iowa and Tennessee after making his decision public, but he says that his commitment to Pittsburgh is extremely solid.
Lakeland High School in Lakeland, Fla. finished the 2005 season with a state championship and their second consecutive No. 1 national ranking by USA Today. They have a slew of talented players and this week one of their best made a college decision.
Lakeland Running back Chris Rainey grew up a Florida Gator fan, and on Tuesday he decided that Gainesville is where he wants to spend his college years. The 5-foot-8, 160-pound Rainey has exceptional speed, as evidenced by his 4.37 forty-yard-dash time at the Scout.com combine in Boca Raton. His slight stature brings in to question whether he will have the durability to be an every down back at the collegiate level. But Rainey can also play receiver and return kicks, which will make him a dangerous weapon in Urban Meyer's system.
Rainey becomes the third four-star recruit to choose Florida this season, following Connecticut tight end Aaron Hernandez and Alabama defensive end Sidell Corley. They also got an early commitment from star defensive lineman D'Angelo McCray from Jacksonville. However, McCray is opening his recruitment back up and plans to visit Florida State and USC.
Nebraska received a commitment from four-star wide receiver Niles Paul on January 2. Since that time, they have seen Omaha natives Harland Gunn and Phillip Bates choose out of state schools despite having offers from the Big Red. All the while, Husker Nation waited for their second commitment. This past weekend, that wait came to an end as Oakland, Calif. athlete DeAndre West decided on Nebraska.
West rushed for over 1,500 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior, but it is on defense where he projects for Nebraska. The Cornhuskers recruited West as a defensive back, though at 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, it is possible that he could grow into a linebacker. His only other offer came from Boise State while UCLA was starting to show strong interest.
Tonio Celotto committed to Oregon this week, though this may be as soft a verbal commitment as you will find. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive lineman also has offers from Ole Miss and Washington State. However, it is the offer that has yet to come that is most concerning for the Ducks. Celotto's father Mario was a star at USC and the Trojans will be a major factor if they decide to offer him a scholarship. Celotto committed to Oregon after not receiving much individual attention from the USC coaching staff during an unofficial visit to Southern California. But Trojan assistant Steve Sarkisian talked to Celotto this week and the Simi Valley, Calif. resident said that he will officially visit USC at some point.