Friday, July 31, 2015

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.

Football: Prep lineman Runyan chooses Wolverines

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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)

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.

"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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