After his visit to Ann Arbor in late February, it seemed like just a matter of time before Hudson (Ohio) linebacker Ben Gedeon committed to Michigan. After more than a month of waiting, it seemed like that optimism from Wolverine corners was waning, but Gedeon ended the suspense this evening.
Asked if he committed to Michigan, Gedeon responded, "Yep."
The 6-3, 215-pound linebacker became commitment No. 17, just days before the Wolverines will host a number of top recruits for their annual spring game - hoping to add more at that time.
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Gedeon rushed for over 1,600 yards during his junior season, but may have been even more impressive at his future college position on defense. He was named All-Ohio Division-1 after racking up 95 tackles, with five for loss and six quarterback hurries. His instincts and athleticism will help him in the transition to the next level, according to Hudson coach Ron Wright.
"I think that you're looking at a guy that's just at the tip of the iceberg," Wright said of his star player. "How much better is he going to be? You look at him now and then look five years or four years from now what is he going to be like? Well, I think he's going to be even better than he is because his work ethic is fantastic."
In addition to his abilities on the field and in the weight room, what might be even more impressive is his character. Gedeon is an excellent student - a trait that runs in the family. One brother, Alex, was Harvard's lone team captain in 2011, and another, Sam, played on the sprint football team at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Ben is just another chip off the old block.
"We're very very proud of him, and the school is very proud of him and he's modest beyond reproach," said Wright. "He's the guy that you want to succeed because he's a really really fine person. A quality person. Smart, fast football players: you kind of want those guys. They can make things happen and know what you're talking about."
Academics played a role in Gedeon's decision. In December, he told TheWolverine.com that quality of education was something that would play a big role in his decision.
"Obviously the education will be big, and location, and the relationships with the coaches and the players," he said. "Looking at their players and how they like their program."
Stay tuned to The Wolverine for more on Gedeon's commitment.