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Posted on Fri, May 25, 2012 : 1:19 p.m.

Michigan football commit Mike McCray, son of former Ohio State captain, receives offer from Buckeyes

By Kyle Meinke

Mike McCray is the Michigan football team's second-highest rated recruit for 2013, according to Rivals. He's the No. 2 linebacker in the state of Ohio, according to Scout.

And now, the Buckeyes are coming after him.

McCray, who committed to the Wolverines on March 6, has been offered by Ohio State, according to a tweet from Tony Gerdeman of fan site The offer has since been confirmed by other outlets.

An interesting wrinkle in the situation is McCray's father, Mike McCray Sr., was a captain for the Buckeyes in the 1980s.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has already flipped several notable Big Ten recruits, including Michigan State's top 2012 recruit, Se'Von Pittman, and Wisconsin offensive lineman Kyle Dodson.

Michigan has yet to lose a committed player to Meyer.

Could McCray be the first?

Scout's Bill Greene, who covers Ohio recruiting and is close to McCray, said he would be "shocked if Michael did anything but say thanks, but no thanks."

"The hardest thing to do is to predict what these teenagers are going to do, but personally, I think he's solid to Michigan," Greene added. "Now, he could commit to Ohio State by 3 o'clock and I'll end up looking like an idiot, but I'd be really surprised if he decommits."

Greene said when McCray decided to commit to Michigan, he called Ohio State to inform them of his decision. The Buckeyes asked him to wait because they hadn't finished determining whether to offer him, but he proceeded with the commitment anyway.

"He said, 'No, I found the right school for me,' and that tells me he's solid to Michigan," Greene said. "He would have waited if he was serious about Ohio State.

"Again, I haven't talked to him yet about all of this, but I'd just be really surprised if this had any kind of affect on his commitment."

Kyle Meinke covers Michigan football for He can be reached at 734-623-2588, by email at and followed on Twitter @kmeinke.


joe buck

Thu, May 31, 2012 : 1:08 a.m.

BLUE MARKER. In 20yrs UofM fans will still be talking about JT. Do you really think that in the last 20yrs any college football team has been clean? If you do get your head out of the sand! I 'm sure Woody and Bo along with Lloyd and Earl all played kids that were ineligible. They just didn't get caught. The reason OSU fans don't except the forfeits is that the infractions did not involve 100s of thousands of dollars. Why did the NCAA allow our our kids to play in the Sugar Bowl than take away the win? The answer is money. All the TV sponsors would have been upset if the best players were not on the field! YET OUR KIDS ARE PUNISHED FOR MAKING A FEW THOUSAND BUCKS! JT took one for the team because in a few years the NCAA couldn't do anything about the infractions anyway! My point is this. Nobody is clean and a large number of the NCAA rules are idiotic. The only way to prove that one team is better than the other is on the field. I'm looking forward to seeing your team in Columbus! And thank you so much for the spell check.

joe buck

Mon, May 28, 2012 : 10:25 p.m.

How quickly UM fansl forget the 100s of thousands of dollars given to the FAB FIVE.At OSU we are talking about tatoos and a few thousand dollars. If you want to see the biggest embarrassment of the big ten the team up north should looking the mirror!

Blue Marker

Tue, May 29, 2012 : 11:22 a.m.

The Bucks fans still don't get it! It wasn't the tattoos (spelled correctly by the way) or the free cars or the jobs without showing up. No, the big one was when your "legendary" coach lied to the NCAA and played players he knew to be ineligible. You know, the coach that wrote books on "doing things the right way"! Yet another OSU coach disgraced (the program should be used to it; it's the only way a coach leaves that job)! I love that you have to go back 20 years to talk smack about Michigan. Here's the difference.....Michigan admits theses mistakes and accepted their punishment. You won't hear any UM fans bragging about Final Fours. But OSU fan still can't figure out what was so bad and still brag about the '11 win over Michigan and the Sugar Bowl win. Then go out and hire the dirtiest coach available to replace your disgraced coach. Ah, the OSU way….win at all costs!

Joe Depree

Sun, May 27, 2012 : 8:17 p.m.

Just to be clear as their seems to be a constent misunderstanding maybe due to the fact that UM fans are not very knowledgeable however.....OHIO is the team that trounced UM in the NCAA tourney this year, Ohio State university is the team that has dominated the big ten this century and is 10 - 2 over that time frame. Just want to be clear. It's funny that Hoke had to come up with reference to match the great tag of "the team up north" and the best he could do was mis identify a team ! My guess is he couldn't choose be tween his other clever thought of calling OSU the team down south ! hope his offense is more clever than his "creative" nicknames. Don't the UM fans realize how absolutely corny that is, cmon UM is full of very smart graduates, think folks. I can come up with at least 3 that play off of OSU much better than purposely mistaking OHIO for Ohio State. So lets hear you best maybe you can be the one that changes that poorly chosen shot of Ohio which is the state where UM gets the best players year in and year out on the team

Blue Marker

Mon, May 28, 2012 : 12:28 p.m.

Joe says OSU is 10-2 over the last twelve games. Let's just skip over the fact that one of those wins was vacated for cheating! I'll bet Joe boosts about the Sugar Bowl win over Arkansas too! Hey Joe, what bowl are you guys going to this year? Joe, your program is classless! Both OSU legendary coaches fired in disgrace! OSU will never be what Michigan is and that's what drives the Buckeye's "nuts"! Go Blue!


Sun, May 27, 2012 : 9:01 p.m.

Ah, didn't Denard come out of Florida and didn't the QB on ohio's last national championship team come out of Michigan, I'm just saying.


Sun, May 27, 2012 : 11:47 a.m.

I for a Husker fan am happy to be in the BIG1, but why did the weasel Urban have to ruin the party? Urban is nothing more that a ScumBag, I guess he fits the shoe @ Old OSU, While at the same time I am Not a Blue fan, I hope Brady Hoke kicks his A SS Year after Year after Year

Blue Marker

Sun, May 27, 2012 : 11:22 a.m.

Where is Rightmind telling us this isn't a "committable" offer?


Sun, May 27, 2012 : 4:03 p.m.

Lol! Nice one.


Sat, May 26, 2012 : 4:12 p.m.

Buddy Hackett- Oscsar Meyer era! I love it!


Sat, May 26, 2012 : 3:21 p.m.

Didn't think this story would get so much fan reaction. Couple of things: U Meyer has done this to Kyle Kalis and probaly a few others where he comes in the back door with offers after said player(s) already committed to Michigan. The other thing is to trust the commits like Shane Morris to reassure Mike Mc Cray. Shane has been awesome in helping Michigan get recruits. I will keep the faith in the 2013 recruiting class who are deeply committed to Michigan to help keep Mike Mc Cray in the fold....GO BLUE!!


Mon, May 28, 2012 : 5:30 p.m.

There is nothing wrong, unethical, corrupt or illeagal for OSU to offer McCray. Until he signs a LOI all recruits are fair game.


Sun, May 27, 2012 : 1:04 a.m.

Ah, lighten up 73 it's a long ways till the season starts and these articles just get the creative juices flowing nothing more and nothing less.


Sat, May 26, 2012 : 2:47 p.m.

Seems strange to me that this kid called a school that had not even offered him, to let them know he was committing to another school. That tells me he would have gone to o$u had they offered. Now they have, so we will see what kind of character he has. If he sticks with the team that wanted him from the start, vs. Flipping to his favorite school once they come calling, then he has good character, and should be considered a true Michigan Man! If not, it will be the loss of a talented football player, but not the loss of a good character guy. I can live with that, especially considering the depth we have at his position.


Sun, May 27, 2012 : 1:06 a.m.

If he goes he goes not the end of the world and we'll get our share of talent from ohio just like ohio will get their share of talent from Mich.


Sat, May 26, 2012 : 2:35 p.m.

Urban Cryer is a sleeze and does not know what to do so he is following Hoke like monkey see monkey do. Thank the good lord we have the leader and OSU has the fraud! GO BLUE!!!!

Patrick Green

Sun, May 27, 2012 : 1:32 p.m.

Sure Urban "does not know what to do" . Let's compare Mr Meyer to Mr Joke. Winning percentage? MEYER National titles? Meyer Most players playing in the NFL ? Meyer. HMMM who seems to know what they are doing now? What an ass !!!!


Sat, May 26, 2012 : 7:51 a.m.

It was just a matter of time . That's ok though, we can find another LB. I don't think any of the skill position players we plucked out of Ohio will get much more than a loud round of laughter from the Ohio St coaches sitting around and watching their film and wondering how they managed to get a division 1 scholarship. It's very embarrasing to me as a Michigan Man :(


Sat, May 26, 2012 : 2:58 a.m.

Ohio State recently reported a raft of additional violations to the NCAA, in addition to the 46 that are already a matter of public record. The athletic department has no integrity and will continue to try to win at all costs. Urban Meyer won at Florida with Ron Zook's players. As it became evident that the program was unraveling under his watch, he resigned - twice, before the accountability was obvious. The Buckeyes are an embarrassment to the State of Ohio and one of the least respected programs in the country. To the Michigan faithful, please don't waste any energy on an inferior, tainted program. Be proud of the Maize and Blue for what the university and it's athletic program represents. This kid from Ohio has already reached that conclusion. Go Blue, always.

Terry Star21

Sat, May 26, 2012 : 3:18 a.m.

LB...I have been reading some of that and there may even be more violations that have not come to light, from what is being reported. I will reserve judgement until everything unfolds and has been thoroughly investigated. It is sad, and not a good time to be an ohio fan......stay tuned !


Sat, May 26, 2012 : 2:43 a.m.

OHIO is the Darth Vader of college football (although USC apears to be the west coast version). Urban Meyer fits in well with the other two stooges E Gordon Gee and Gene Smith. None of those 3 guys has the proper attitude toward doing the right thing. So they now want to steal from Michigan like they took from Penn State, Michigan State, Notre Dame, and Wisconsin. Brady Hoke and his staff should consider going after the Ohio commitments now that the weasels are attacking the chicken coop. Every year I find more reasons to despise them Bucks. They seem to lack refinement in a major big way!

Patrick Green

Sun, May 27, 2012 : 1:28 p.m.

If a lack of refinement means beating the groundhogs into submission then I'm all for it ! GO BUCKEYES!!!!!!


Sun, May 27, 2012 : 1:09 a.m.

There is a need for every creature, even bottom feeders.


Sat, May 26, 2012 : 1:26 a.m.

this is really long but here's the article about oscar myer. it's a must read Urban Blight Urban Meyer has gone far beyond bold and innovative on the recruiting trail. He's unethical, he's immoral and he's a cheater. To summarize, Meyer landed a top JUCO wide receiver this season by doggedly recruiting the player's girlfriend, a gymnast, to come to UF. This is a blatant violation of a basic NCAA rule forbidding football coaches from recruiting for other sports and also an infraction regarding frequency of contact. He further would orchestrate a call between that player and Tim Tebow at the Heisman Trophy ceremony which is also a clear violation of NCAA rules. He lied to a Michigan recruit about a conversation he had with UM coaches attempting to trick the player into believing the Michigan coaches felt the player would be better off at Florida. The conversation never took place; a clear ethical and moral breech. Finally, Meyer told a top QB recruit (Jevan Snead, formerly at Texas, now at Ole Miss) two years ago that his only interest in scouting Tim Tebow was as a linebacker after promising the player he was the only quarterback the Gators were recruiting. Another blatant lie. Another dramatic ethical and moral breech. But worse still, the gross act of a grown man trying to screw with a teenager's future, the ultimate act of deceit, brokering on built up trust to deceive a kid for your personal gain. These are not the acts of a man with integrity. This is cheating. There's no other way to view it. Meyer has gone well beyond just bending the rules, he's taken a bamboo pole, jammed it up the backside of the rules, broken it off, taken the remainder and plunged it in the rules' eye, kicked the rules in the groin and then spit on them as he walks away. He has what appears to be a pathological aversion to sportsmanship when it comes to recruiting.

Don Berman

Sat, May 26, 2012 : 3:29 a.m.

Please clarify the remark "0-3". Once again, lies passed as truth. You're a bonehead.

Terry Star21

Sat, May 26, 2012 : 3:13 a.m.

This is a sad coach, meyer 0-3 against Michigan, looking for 0-4....pressure, medical leave - two and gone.....

Don Berman

Sat, May 26, 2012 : 2:49 a.m.

All this while the NCAA just looked the other way. Hey, gang, get a grip. Someone writes an article so it becomes gospel? I hate to break the news to you BleedinBlue, but everything in print isn't always true. This article is a series of he said, she said crap. Nothing more. Sheeesh!

Albee Macaw

Sat, May 26, 2012 : 12:35 a.m.

I live in San Diego and know a few of the SDSU football players. Brady (toss in a diet coke) Joke is a hated man by them for how he deserted the team. Was not even man enough to tell the team to their face his reason for bailing. I know school was out when he slithered back east but he could have come back and addressed the team. That is how these guys feel. Then again to get face to face w/ the Jokester and that belly you would need the distance between that weasel state and Caly.


Sat, May 26, 2012 : 7:24 p.m.

as opposed to Florida, abandoned by Oscar because of "health" reasons? But maybe Tim Tebow healed him.


Sat, May 26, 2012 : 6:59 p.m.

a guy goes into a pet shop and tells the owner that he needs a pet for his mother and that she could really use some company. pet shop guy say's, "i have just what she needs". a PARROT that can just speak gibberish. the guy say's he will take the the PARROT and makes arrangement's to have the bird delivered to his mom. a few day's pass and the man call's his mother "well mom, how did you like that bird i sent?" she says, "oh son, he was delicious!" aghast, the guy say's, "mom, you ate the bird?" why, he could speak perfect gibberish! mom say's, well albee darn he should have SAID SOMETHING!! GO BLUE!!!!!!

Billy Bob Schwartz

Sat, May 26, 2012 : 4:30 p.m.

Paul: I'll Be Ravin. That's a scream. You just made my day! Go BLUE.

Blue Marker

Sat, May 26, 2012 : 12:28 p.m.

You know a few SDSU football players? What, like the guy from Kentucky who knew a few of the Buckeye players? I'm sure you do!

Paul R Lamse

Sat, May 26, 2012 : 12:09 p.m.

If you can't think of anything relevant to say, just hit on his name and his girth. With a name like "I'll be Raven", that's brave. Good Luck in Northern Mexico. Go Blue!

Terry Star21

Sat, May 26, 2012 : 3:10 a.m.

This is funny

Don Berman

Sat, May 26, 2012 : 12:34 a.m.

The underlying reason Meyer inspires hatred among some fans is very simple. It's because they know he wins. Wins big. And that's scary. Meyer has a 104-23 record as a college head coach. That is an incredible 82%. He's won two national titles, guided Utah to an undefeated season and claimed two other BCS bowl victories. Anyone who doubts that the marriage between Meyer and Ohio State, with all its resources and access to elite Division I talent, isn't going to produce wildly successful results is fooling themselves. Yes, he will lose some very talented players, both from Ohio and beyond its borders. So..??? It's as simple as that. UofM fans will have to earn bragging rights. So far, the 21st century has not been kind to your won/loss ledger in The Game. You think The Vest owned you, all I can say is good luck against this coach.


Mon, May 28, 2012 : 5:23 p.m.

Engineer, especially when there are hamburgers involved. Oh ther furry!


Sat, May 26, 2012 : 8:52 p.m.

Brady Hoke looks thrilled and full of energy to be the coach of Mich. does urban look thrilled to be coaching ohio. urban did not leave Florida to coach at ohio. urban left Florida because the job became to much pressure for him. I guess the ohio fans think the job at ohio will be less pressure. Good luck with that !


Sat, May 26, 2012 : 8:44 p.m.

Don, you just keep fantasizing how great urban is and just maybe you'll forget the downside of this man. Don, if you've already forgotten the downside why don't you talk to some gator alum but you probably won't do that will you Don?


Sat, May 26, 2012 : 5:46 p.m.

buddy hackett is a GREAT entertainer. . . oscar meyer is a GREAT CHEATER!! big difference. . . GO BLUE!!!!!!


Sat, May 26, 2012 : 4:12 p.m.

Thank you Don, It seems Michigan fans cannot understand facts. I would question, how effective of a player McCray will be, since the Bucks were not drooling over him early on. All of this hoopla over Buddy Hackett's son (hoke) is hilarious. I would contend that EMU had as tough of schedule last year. Buddy has a lifetime losing record, and has not proven he can win at any level. That's the facts, Jack!


Sat, May 26, 2012 : 2:33 p.m.

Dude we beat this coach last time we played his team and we beat his current team last time we played them. Don't under estimate the fury of Hoke - A - Mania!!!!


Sat, May 26, 2012 : 5:03 a.m.

your right MICHIGAN will have to earn there bragging right's, but they will earn them the right way and the ethical way! the only thing jt OWNED was the fact that he got away with CHEATING for 10/years. jt and oscar meyer are cut from the same mold, i thought jt broke that mold but before this is done meyer will edge him out on that score and if i were an o$u fan that would be very scary! there's an old saying: "LUCK" happens at the intersection of opportunity and preparation. the trick is to be there at the right time. . . coach HOKE has us at that intersection and it's the right time!! GO BLUE!!!!!!

Terry Star21

Sat, May 26, 2012 : 3:08 a.m.

Oscar is 0-3 against Michigan, looking for 0-4...give him two years, pressure, medical leave - bye bye, two and gone......


Fri, May 25, 2012 : 11:44 p.m.

What is, exactly, included in any offer to play for a University team? Obviously scholarships, but anything else?


Fri, May 25, 2012 : 11:18 p.m.

Maybe 3 !


Fri, May 25, 2012 : 11:16 p.m.

Urban is just being Urban and unfortunately this win at all cost is what got him in trouble at Florida. Like a long distance runner that starts fast but does not think about the distance and does not pace himself, always the inevitable, he or she runs out of gas. Five seasons max !


Sat, May 26, 2012 : 8:36 p.m.

Why ted, I doubt there is anything I can explain to you. Go Blue !


Sat, May 26, 2012 : 6:15 p.m.

Just wondering. What is wrong with Meyer offering McCray ?


Fri, May 25, 2012 : 10:13 p.m.

This reeks of arrogance on Urban's part. McCray we don't know if you want you, but if we determine we do, we know you will come running away from any other commitment you may have. How pathetic if Urban! Maybe he should do his scouting sooner and not just when the scouts have time to get around to it!

Billy Bob Schwartz

Sat, May 26, 2012 : 4:23 p.m.

Don: "This reeks of arrogance...." Language is for communicating. I think PrideLand got his/her point across pretty well.

Don Berman

Sat, May 26, 2012 : 3:40 a.m.

Typing problems or just not a practicing grammarian? Think, engage fingers, type. Simple stuff.

Bruce Kennedy

Fri, May 25, 2012 : 10:07 p.m.

This is a test. This is only a test. OSUcks

chunder cast

Fri, May 25, 2012 : 9:31 p.m.

I understand the pride involved here as OSU didnt make him an offer immediately, but getting the offer now he'd be foolish not to take it. Like turning down the hottest girl in school for prom because the average chick jumped at the chance to take you first.


Sat, May 26, 2012 : 2:52 a.m.

He chose Michigan because he loved the school, and they showed him he was their guy early in the process. A man of integrity sticks with the date he came with. If he flips, then he deserves to be in Ohio.

Terry Star21

Fri, May 25, 2012 : 10:18 p.m.

No....more like staying home from the prom with your mother (for jumping ship), as to going to the Big Dance with the Homecoming Queen (for keeping your commitment.....he'll stay, he's a good kid !


Fri, May 25, 2012 : 10:13 p.m.

More like turning down the shameless girl in school because you wanted to take the classy, smart girl to the prom.


Fri, May 25, 2012 : 8:16 p.m.

This is standard operating procedure for Meyer. He knows he probably can't flip him, but if nothing else he wants it to look to the Ohio fanbase that he's trying to keep the state's best players in-state. Their fans hate it when good players in Ohio commit to and attend Michigan. But this doesn't hide the fact Urban was late to the party and missed out, even if McCray had any interest before in going to TSIO. And like Gee Whiz stated, this could also be an act of desperation by Ohio because a lot of the other guys they targeted aren't coming there. Whatever. McCray is blue now and they'll have to live with it.


Fri, May 25, 2012 : 8:03 p.m.

check out article about oscar meyer when he was at florida. . . this is a must read for any kid(and there parent's) thinking of committing to o$u!! when your on this web site click college football then go to the bottom of the page. . . the title of the article is urban blight!! look's like o$u got the seconed coming of jt!! great read for MICHIGAN fans but a bad/sad read for o$u fan's.( in coach HOKE we TRUST )!! GO BLUE!!!!!!


Mon, May 28, 2012 : 3:07 a.m.

I am an OSU fan and I have read some of Chads whinning. It didn't make me sad at all. In fact it sounded an awful lot like the whinning I hear from you and other Michigan fans.


Fri, May 25, 2012 : 7:11 p.m.

McCray may want to ponder: that college in Ohio's athletic director - "Gene Smith told the school's student newspaper that 12 violations are pending with the NCAA, some primary and could result in major penalties. Smith said he's not sure how the NCAA will view the violations which are in addition to the 46 self-reported secondary violations Smith recently confirmed." Source: Tribune wire service. It's not his daddy's school anymore...

Terry Star21

Fri, May 25, 2012 : 6:31 p.m.

"Greene said when McCray decided to commit to Michigan, he called Ohio State to inform them of his decision. The Buckeyes asked him to wait because they hadn't finished determining whether to offer him..." "No, I found the right school...(McCray)" This is exactly why McCray will now stay with Michigan, he was wanted and welcomed. This is exactly why urban's image will be more tarnished, and guarenteed to hurt a recruit somewhere down the line. Can't feel sorry for urban, he did this to himself ! MgoBlueForTiM......Michigan the family, welcomes McCray (& Dad)


Fri, May 25, 2012 : 6:26 p.m.

Dear Mike McCray, Sorry we came late to the party but our first choice Jaylon Smith likes Notre Dame, our second choice Anzalone committed but then decommitted after being grossed out by a pedophile, our third choice chose Nebraska, our 4th choice ..., our fifth choice .... You might have been our sixth or seventh choice but you were always our Plan A. Sincerely, Urban Liar


Sat, May 26, 2012 : 2:46 a.m.

It's not easy to be that funny, and true, at the same time!

Dennis Castro

Fri, May 25, 2012 : 8:15 p.m.

Now that's funny stuff. And most likely true.


Fri, May 25, 2012 : 7:51 p.m.

The thing is, if OSU is the kid's dream school, it won't matter that he was not their top priority. He's gone. (Hopefully not, of course.)

Terry Star21

Fri, May 25, 2012 : 6:32 p.m.

I know you're trying to be a bit funny, but that's good -'Painfully honest' !


Fri, May 25, 2012 : 5:58 p.m.

I understand that this is all a part of the recruitment game, especially where Urban Meyer is concerned, but I really hope this young man decides to stay with Michigan. Michigan was sure about wanting him as a Wolverine before Meyer and the Bucks were sure about wanting him. If it was me, I would definitely say "thanks, but no thanks" for making me wait for THEM to decide. Hopefully he recognizes that and will stay with the program that knew in advance they wanted him.


Mon, May 28, 2012 : 5:18 p.m.

garrisondyer, colleges don't call. They send letters. Just trying to help you out with your story.


Sat, May 26, 2012 : 7:15 p.m.

and I hope he realizes he may get "oversigned" by Oscar, and wind up on the shelf


Sat, May 26, 2012 : 1:49 a.m.

That's one of the ways I eliminated a college from my top 4 list when I was choosing. And here's a coincidence, it was a college in Ohio that crossed themselves off my list by wait-listing me. They called in July to ask me if I'd like to enroll, and I said "Nope. I've already decided where I'm going."


Fri, May 25, 2012 : 10:57 p.m.

Hey SEC fan, with each post you seem like less of an sec fan and more of a Michigan hater. Just an observation.

Billy Bob Schwartz

Fri, May 25, 2012 : 8:51 p.m.

secfan: I believe that might have been helped by what you might call self-poaching by the poachees. What happened with vest guy and all might also have had an impact on parents who were looking for a solid man for their son to work under.


Fri, May 25, 2012 : 7:19 p.m.

that's one thing about Michigan fans...such short memories! oh how quickly we forget the Michigan poaching after Tressel's departure...but again, it's always a different story when Michigan does it.

Terry Star21

Fri, May 25, 2012 : 6:35 p.m.

az...pretty sure you meant "..Bucks weren't sure.." - but that's okay, we know what you meant. (what happened to the old 'delete' and correct button ?)


Fri, May 25, 2012 : 5:52 p.m.

It really says a lot about his dad..... I know I'd have a hard time letting my kid go to Ohio