Boren Nearing A Decision

Pickerington North offensive lineman Justin Boren is one of the top players in the state of Ohio and will decide between Ohio State and Michigan in the near future. We caught up with his father Mike Boren -- a former UM linebacker -- for the latest on this situation.

Mike Boren says his son Justin is, "going through hell right now," trying to decide between Ohio State and Michigan.

"He's torn," Mike Boren said. "He likes both schools a lot. He's developed good relationship with both coaching staffs. He's just having a hard time right now. This is supposed to be a fun decision, but it's not."

Mike Boren was a standout linebacker for Michigan in the early1980's. He is from Columbus, but was not offered a scholarship by Ohio State.

"I was recruited by Tennessee, Purdue, Michigan and Indiana, but not OSU," he said. "But I am not bitter at OSU. That was a different staff. I've told Justin I will support him either way, and I really mean that. My boy and I are best friends and OSU is close. It would be nice keeping him that close here in Columbus. We do everything together."

Mike Boren expects Justin to make a decision very soon.

"He wants to decide by the end of this week, or maybe next week," he said. "He just wants to get it over with. Some kids enjoy the recruiting process, but not him. He wants to get on with it. He was saying that he wanted to decide by June, but he's pushed that up a little bit.

"But it's really, really hard on him. Both schools have great tradition and great programs. Justin is a straight-forward kid. He doesn't lead anyone on. This is a real hard time for him."

Earlier this year, it looked like OSU was leading the Boren sweepstakes. The 6-4, 300-pound offensive lineman from Pickerington North liked what he heard from the Buckeyes and many figured he would give his verbal commitment to Jim Tressel at some point this spring or summer.

"At one point, I would say he was a lock to OSU," Mike said.

But something changed recently. Justin attended the Nike Camp at Michigan over the weekend and the Wolverines put an all-out recruiting blitz on him.

"He talked with Bo (Schembechler) and a few others, but I'm not sure if that influenced him or not," Mike said.

Justin grew up as a big Michigan fan. Although he felt for a while that he might play for OSU, ignoring his boyhood feelings for the Wolverines was harder than he imagined.

"Justin has been brought up all around OSU living in Columbus, but he was always wearing Michigan stuff," Mike said. "He has a framed picture of him and Bo when he was 3. I think it kind of hit him recently that it would be hard to play against Michigan. He doesn't think he could play against Michigan. That is the toughest part."

So, there is some validity to the rumors that Boren is leaning towards committing to UM?

"If I had to say right now, yes, I think he's leaning that way a little bit," Mike said. "But he keeps going back and forth. Like I said, I thought he was OSU all the way at one point.

"It's just a rough time for him. You can't really go wrong either way and he just wants to make the right choice. You have two of the top programs in the country right there. He's torn."


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