Dayton (Ohio) Trotwood-Madison’s 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.”