Football: Prep lineman Runyan chooses Wolverines

Following in the footsteps of his father, St. Joseph's Prep junior offensive tackle Jon Runyan Jr. has committed to play at Michigan.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder pledged to the Wolverines earlier this week. Jon Runyan Sr., who played nine of his 14 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, was a standout offensive tackle at Michigan from 1992 to 1995.

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St. Joseph's Prep Jon Daniel Runyan, an offensive tackle and member of the Class of 2015, committed earlier this week to play at Michigan. (Photo credit: 247Sports)

"Because of my dad, I've grown up watching Michigan play," Jon Runyan Jr. said. "I guess you could say that helped with making the decision."

The 15-year-old attended a camp at Michigan earlier this month and gained his first scholarship offer. He also had received interest from Penn State, Rutgers, and Wisconsin, among others.

I was at Michigan's camp last year, too," he said. "Over the last year, I developed a pretty good relationship with coach Funk [Darrell, offensive line coach] and coach Ferrigno [Dan, tight ends and special teams teach]."

Why did Runyan end the recruitment process so early? "I just knew I wanted to go to Michigan," he said. "I don't think any other school could have beaten it."

After playing for the Prep's freshman squad, Runyan was a full-time starter as a sophomore. He helped the Hawks post a 10-1 record and advance to the Catholic League Class AAAA final.

The Mount Laurel, N.J., resident is Michigan's second commit for the Class of 2015. He followed Andrew David, a kicker from Massillon (Ohio.)

Jon Runyan Sr. is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District in Washington. He was with his son for part of this month's camp at Michigan.

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