Michigan picks up 2014 linebacker commit

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Even though late June and early July are often slow times for recruiting, the No. 1 recruiting class continues to add members. Michigan picked up three 2014 commits in the span of a few days and two 2015 commits last weekend.

Linebacker Noah Furbush (Kenton, Ohio/Kenton) gave his pledge to Michigan on Monday morning, his coach Mike Mauk confirmed to ESPN.com via phone.

“We’re excited for him,” Mauk said. “They were the first school to offer him. He’ll be an hour and a half away from home with Coach [Brady] Hoke and his staff and their great tradition. He’s excited about his commitment.”

Furbush chose the Wolverines over offers from Michigan State, Purdue, Tennessee, Kentucky and Nebraska, among others.

“Throughout my recruitment I just wanted to get around as see as many places as I could,” Furbush said. “I knew I wanted to commit before my [senior] season started. Michigan was one of the first to offer me and so right from the get-go it had me thinking a lot about Michigan and they were under high consideration.”

He liked how Michigan was close enough to his hometown but not too close. And he’ll have a bit of family close by as his older brother attends physical therapy school at the University of Michigan-Flint.

The 2014 prospect made up his mind this past weekend after having conversations with his parents and coaches, but it was his second visit to Ann Arbor in early June that really separated the Wolverines.

“My family believes in something called due diligence. We wanted to further evaluate Michigan and have them evaluate us,” Furbush said. “I think it was a good opportunity to engage with the coaches and form relationships with them.”

He’s the Wolverines’ 14th overall commitment and their third linebacker commit, joining Michael Ferns (Saint Clairsville, Ohio/Saint Clairsville) and Chase Winovich (Jefferson Hills, Pa./Thomas Jefferson). Michigan coaches have told the 6-foot-4, 235 pound-prospect that they’d like to use him as an inside linebacker, even though he plays outside linebacker for his high school.

“He runs like a defensive back,” Mauk said. “He moves and changes direction very well. He’s physical and very aggressive. He has a great nose for the football and a great burst, and he makes plays. I think his best years of football are still ahead of him.”

The rising senior hopes to study engineering at Michigan and holds at 4.0 GPA at Kenton High School in northwest Ohio. Mauk said he believes the Wolverines are picking up quite the commit with his four-star linebacker.

“He’s a tremendous leader and a great person,” Mauk said. “It’s just a great fit.”