Brady Hoke explains his policy on verbal commits, says he has recruited other teams' pledges
The Michigan football program lost a 2013 commitment earlier this week from a player who wanted to take a visit elsewhere.
Detroit Cass Tech offensive lineman David Dawson announced he was no longer committed to Michigan earlier this week.
Per ESPN.com's Tom VanHaaren, Dawson wanted to take a look at a few other schools and extend his recruiting process -- which goes against a policy that Michigan and coach Brady Hoke stand firmly behind.
Hoke asks all Wolverine commits to not take any visits to other schools after they've offered a verbal pledge to Michigan -- a stance he defended Thursday on "The Stoney and Bill Show."
"When you take a commitment, it's a little bit of a numbers game (with) how many guys you can take at (a certain) position," Hoke explained. "At the same time, when you take a commitment, that takes one off the board and you've got to go tell another guy that we've filled up here or there.
"It's common practice (at times)."
Hoke says he asks his commits to not visit other schools, and at the same time, he gives his firm word that the player in question will always (in most instances) have a scholarship offer from Michigan throughout the recruiting process.
"Believe me, we never pressure a guy into making that decision," Hoke said of a player choosing to commit. "But once that decision's made we're going to stand by it and put that scholarship away and we're going to take other young men who had opportunities and tell them we're moving forward and they need to forward (as well)."
Hoke asks his committed prospects not to take visits elsewhere.
But has he recruited players who are verbally committed to other schools?
"We have," he said.