Ht/Wt: 6'4"/250 lbs.
Location: St. Joseph's High School - Philadelphia, PA
In the least shocking move of my recruiting coverage, Jon Runyan Jr. committed to the Wolverines today, becoming member #2 for Team 136. Runyan Jr. is the son of All Big-Ten offensive tackle and Michigan alum, Jon Runyan. As soon as Junior was offered it was assumed that he would eventually commit, in fact he guaranteed to me that he would as soon as he had some time to talk to his family about it. I'm sure that conversation was a lot easier to have than most recruiting discussions among prospects and family, but nevertheless, the outcome was expected. I actually talked with Jon last night and he told me that he would probably commit within the next week, I guess he couldn't wait that long. I caught up with Jon today after he made it verbally official.
The commitment: "I just called Coach Hoke and told him that I was accepting their offer. He was really happy. His wife and daughter were screaming in the background. (Laughs) They really enjoy getting new recruits."
Dad's feelings: "He's happy for me. He knew that eventually it would have been up to me in any case. I think he's pretty proud."
Recruiter: "I think I'm up for the challenge to recruit other guys. I was talking to Michael Ferns last night. I think I can do it. We were just talking about Michigan stuff. I saw the t-shirt thing he did on his Twitter, but we didn't really talk about it though. I don't think I can top that." (Laughs)
Runyan committing is obviously a cool pickup for his legacy and his name, and hopefully he can live up to the lofty reputation of his father. It's always good to get the class started early, and this is another in-road into Pennsylvania which routinely produces high-level talent. Now we have to wait and see how well Runyan Jr. can recruit. Morris, Speight, and Ferns have set the bar quite high.