Is Michigan a Lock to Land 2015 Legacy Recruit Jon Runyan Jr.?

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIJune 24, 2013

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

Update: According to Steve Lorenz of Wolverine247, Jon Runyan Jr. has committed to Michigan's 2015 class.

Jon Runyan Jr. is the son of former Michigan offensive tackle Jon Runyan and it appears as if the Wolverines are trying to capitalize on that connection.

According to Chantel Jennings of, Michigan has offered a spot to the 2015 offensive tackle, and he's quite thrilled:

“It’s what I’ve been waiting for,” Runyan Jr. said. “It really means a lot to me. I’m really excited. … It has been my favorite college since I was a kid. It’s going to be really hard to beat.” 

Runyan Jr. goes on to talk about his love for the Michigan program, and how his father's passion for the Wolverines and the Wolverines' offensive line has been passed down to him, per Jennings:

He was impressed with both coaches and believes that it’s because of their instruction and leadership that Michigan is churning out talented offensive linemen and picking up impressive offensive line commits. 

“I see that it’s a position they really take pride in,” Runyan said. 

It’s the way that coaches and players felt about the offensive line when his father played there, and Runyan knows he has the unique opportunity to follow in his father’s footsteps. 

“He described it as an almost magical place and how much he loves it there,” Runyan said. “I fed off that. I’ve grown to love it over the years.” 

Jennings also reports that Runyan Jr. has no reservations about making an early commitment, and that says a lot considering Michigan is his only offer (247Sports) so far.

All 14 experts in the 247Sports Crystal Ball predict that Runyan Jr will commit to Michigan, and it's hard to disagree with the logic behind those picks.

Runyan Jr. did visit Ohio State for a camp and he's been to Penn State twice, according to his 247Sports time line, but it seems unlikely that either of those programs will be able to make up room with the 3-star tackle. Especially if they don't extend offers.

The affinity for Michigan is quite obvious and the connection through is father is strong. It's risky to call anything in college football recruiting a lock, but this is about as close as it gets for Michigan.

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