Trotwood-Madison’s McCray commits to Michigan, gives Wolverines 14th verbal

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Trotwood-Madison’s Michael McCray II

Trotwood-Madison’s highly-touted linebacker and future U.S. Army All-American Michael McCray committed to Michigan on Monday and went public with his decision on Tuesday.He is the Wolverines 14th commit for 2013 and one of its best…


Trotwood-Madison’s highly-touted linebacker and future U.S. Army All-American Michael McCray committed to Michigan on Monday and went public with his decision on Tuesday.

“Just
one day I woke up and my heart was telling me that’s where I needed to
be,” McCray told 247Sports on Monday. “That was two weeks ago. It was in
my mind and I felt like today was the day to do it and I felt like that
was the right place for me.”

Ranked as the nation’s No. 10 athlete prospect and No. 168
prospect overall, the 6-foot-4, 230-pound McCray chose Michigan over
offers from the likes of Boston College, Illinois, Nebraska, Oklahoma,
Penn State, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

McCray is the 14th commit for Coach Brady Hoke and his coaching
staff in 2013, as the Wolverines currently hold the nation’s top-ranked
class according to 247Sports. McCray is the 12th Michigan pledge to hold
at least a four-star grade.

“Just the coaches,” McCray began when talking about his decision.
“They seem really outgoing. Sending me a lot of handwritten letters and
it caught my eye what they were saying about the history and
everything.

“There’s a lot of history at Michigan. They’re starting to get back to their winning ways. They have three Trotwood guys (Roy Roundtree, Michael Shaw and Brandon Moore) up there now and they tell me about it.”

As a junior, McCray helped lead Trotwood-Madison to a state
championship, racking up 132 tackles, two forced fumbles, a fumble
recovery and five interceptions, three he returned for touchdowns. He
spoke with Hoke and linebackers coach Mark Smith about his commitment.

“I just told them how I’ve been feeling and that I was committing
to the University of Michigan and they got really excited,” McCray
said, adding that the coaching staff told him they’re only taking two
linebackers.

McCray’s father Mike played outside linebacker at Ohio State. He
grew up a fan of the Buckeyes, but didn’t receive an offer from Urban
Meyer and his staff. Even if one comes later, McCray doesn’t think it
will matter. His father is equally excited about his son committing to
the Wolverines.

“I really don’t think it would change my mind because I think
Michigan is the best place for me,” McCray said. “My Dad seemed really
happy about it. He didn’t really care about the Ohio State-Michigan
rivalry.”

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