Prized Michigan football recruit, ex-OSU commit Kyle Kalis not swayed by Urban Meyer hire
The five-star offensive lineman made the move in the aftermath of a memorabilia-for-gifts scandal that cost former coach Jim Tressel his job and forced quarterback Terrelle Pryor to the NFL.
Now that Ohio State reportedly is set to hire coaching superstar Urban Meyer later today, providing stability in Columbus, does that affect his commitment to the Wolverines?
"Doesn't affect me at all," Kalis texted AnnArbor.com.
Kalis, listed as 6-foot-5, 305 pounds by Rivals.com, is the Wolverines' prized offensive lineman recruit, and perhaps the biggest name in a class that ranks among the top five according to every major recruiting service. Already a five-star recruit according to Scout, Kalis picked up a fifth star from Rivals on Monday.
He also said he plans to play in the Army All-American Bowl.
Kalis' commitment switch created a buzz in July, when ESPN quoted him as saying: "I believe the Michigan-Ohio border is now open. I think you're going to see eight or nine guys from the state of Ohio going over to Michigan this year."
Michigan coach Brady Hoke's first class features nine players from Ohio, aided in part by the Buckeyes' scandal and cover-up.
Kalis later told AnnArbor.com those quotes were misrepresented.
Kyle Meinke covers Michigan football for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached at 734-623-2588, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and followed on Twitter @kmeinke.