Michigan football gains commitment from No. 1 Ohio linebacker Ben Gedeon
The Michigan football team continues to raid the state of Ohio.
The Wolverines picked up a verbal commitment Tuesday night from four-star linebacker Ben Gedeon of Hudson, Ohio, according to GoBlueWolverine.com's Sam Webb. He is the 17th member of the 2013 class, and the eighth from that state.
The 6-3, 215-pound linebacker is ranked by Scout as Ohio's No. 1 linebacker, which means Michigan now has non-binding commitments from the state's two best players at that position. Trotwood native Mike McCray, whose father was a captain at Ohio State, joined the class last month.
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In fact, the Wolverines now have pledges from Ohio's No. 1 player at safety (Dymonte Thomas), tailback (DeVeon Smith), tight end (Jake Butt) and linebacker (Gedeon). Overall, they have commitments from seven of Ohio's top 20 recruits.
Ohio State, meantime, has commitments from four of its state's top 20 recruits. Its class is at eight players overall.
Michigan's 2013 class has taken shape quickly. It now numbers 17, with nearly 10 months remaining until signing day. At this point last year, its only commit was Rockford offensive lineman Ben Braden.
The Wolverines finished that cycle ranked among the top 10 according to every major service. This class promises to finish even better, considering Gedeon is the 12th recruit with at least four stars to commit to Michigan, according to Rivals.
That matches the school's total from all of 2012.
Gedeon reportedly has leaned toward Michigan for a while. He also had offers from schools such as Ohio State, Michigan State, Penn State and Stanford.
He is the No. 8 inside linebacker in the country according to Rivals, and the No. 13 outside linebacker according to Scout.
Gedeon announced his commitment just four days before the Wolverines host their annual spring game at Michigan Stadium. They will entertain several recruits during the weekend, and could add more recruits to the class.
Michigan earned four commitments within a week of its spring game last year, including one (linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone) on the day of the game.