Offensive tackle is a huge position of need and Michigan got a verbal from one of the best in the country this past weekend in left coaster Erik Magnuson. The Californian made it in to Ann Arbor last weekend and made his verbal pledge to Coach Hoke.
Sean O’Connell: Did you know Coach Hoke before he took over at Michigan?
Eric Magnuson: “Yes. I have a great relationship with him that was started when I was 15 because he was at SDSU, just 20 min from my house.”
Sean O’Connell: Who was your primary recruiter? How is your relationship with him?
Eric Magnuson: “Coach Ferrigno. I have a GREAT relationship with him.”
Sean O’Connell: Did you grow up a fan of Michigan? Where did the interest come from?
Eric Magnuson: “I didn’t have a favorite team growing up. My interest all came from Coach Hoke going there.”
Sean O’Connell: How did you commit and what was the reaction?
Eric Magnuson: “I had a meeting with Coach Hoke, Coach Ferrigno, Coach Funk and my dad. I just told coach I was ready to commit and they went crazy. It was awesome.”
Sean O’Connell: What other schools did you consider?
Eric Magnuson: “Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Miami, Boise State, Oregon and USC.”
Sean O’Connell: Have you talked to any other kids about coming to Michigan?
Eric Magnuson: “Yes, a lot. I’m trying to help build a national championship team.”
Sean O’Connell: Last one. I know there is a long time until February, but do you think you’ll visit any other schools along the way?
Eric Magnuson: “No, I don’t think I will.”
Name: Erik Magnuson
Position: Offensive Tackle
Height & Weight: 6’5” 290 lbs.
High School: La Costa Canyon (CA)
Erik’s Coach: “Erik’s a very athletic and aggressive player. He’s a really big kid too and he hits all the benchmarks that you’re looking for in a football player, especially at offensive tackle. He works really hard on his academics and tries to stay ahead in all of his work. I believe the last time I checked with him and his parents, he was going to be able to graduate and start college early.”
On Committing (24/7 Sports): "It is just the right fit. UM has everything I am looking for and I feel like the program is really headed in the right direction"
On Michigan: “This place is awesome, just what I expected it to be. I didn’t waste any time. When you know, you know. I got in last night [Thursday] and spent the whole day on campus today. I got that special feeling about this place and love all the coaches.”
Sean O’Connell UMGoBlog.com: “Erik is a very physical and aggressive blocker. He has great size at 6’5” 290 pounds and is another very athletic lineman. He is one of the top OL’s in California this year and in my opinion, one of the top 15 or so in the country. Magnuson is trying to enroll early and with his size, could possibly see the playing field early. Erik is an outstanding get for Michigan and has the ability to be a very, very good player.”
Scouts Inc, ESPN.com: “Magnuson is a tough inline blocker capable of dominating opponents with his good upper body playing strength. Has the size along with enough athleticism for the offensive tackle position at the major level of competition. Although we detect some lower body stiffness this prospect manages to play with good balance and agility when in space; comes off the ball hard when drive blocking but will need to improve his explosion, initial quickness and first step … Magnuson has the physical tools to be a successful offensive tackle at the major level of competition. However we don’t see an immediate starter, rather a player needing some time and perhaps a red shirt year to improve his athleticism and pass protection skills.”
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