The University of Michigan's football recruiting class of 2014 is ranked No. 1 in the country so far by ESPN. Tonight, the Wolverines' class added a Western Pennsylvania flavor.
Thomas Jefferson linebacker Chase Winovich, a heavily-recruited outside linebacker, announced tonight he will attend Michigan. His other top choices were Pitt and Ohio State, but it appeared that the final decision came down to Michigan and Pitt.
Winovich is 6 feet 4, 220 pounds and led Thomas Jefferson in tackles last season. He had scholarship offers from schools across the country.
Here are some of Winovich's comments about his decision and a few other things:
On how long he knew he wanted to go to Michigan: “It was after my third trip to Michigan a few weeks ago that I woke up the next morning, went out to breakfast, made a trip to my brothers’ house [in Toledo] when it really hit me. I said ‘Michigan is the place where I belong.’ I just got that feeling. It wasn’t something that was forced, either.”
On Ohio State, where he also visited: "It might be great for some other kids, but it just didn't fit me. Coach [Luke] Fickell, coach [Urban] Meyer and coach [Mike] Vrabel are awesome and great guys. But it just doesn't feel right."
Winovich has been to Pitt "four or five times." His last visit to Pitt came only a few days ago.
On turning down Pitt: "I went down to Pitt with an open mind. I wanted to give Pitt as fair a shot as I did Ohio State and Michigan. I found out that I really liked Pitt. They're class 'A' people. That's what is tough. It's your home city. Their coaches are so genuine in their approach to everything."
Winovich said he had a number of reasons why he chose Michigan.
On one of the factors that gave Michigan the edge over Pitt: “I think what might have helped sway Michigan was the fact that I think they have a legitimate shot at winning a national championship."
On anything else he wants to say: "I just want to say thanks to my family, friends and teammates. None of this would've been possible without them."