The longstanding relationship Michigan coach Brady Hoke built with Erik Magnuson from Hoke's days at San Diego State has paid off in a big way because the four-star offensive tackle committed to the Wolverines during his unofficial visit on Friday.
"Just committed," Magnuson said in a text message.
It's a huge pickup for the Wolverines since Magnuson is rated No. 34 in the 2012 class by Rivals.com and he also had offers from pretty much the entire Pac-10 except for USC along with Miami, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and many other national programs.
Oregon was one of Magnuson's first offers and the Ducks were considered one of the favorites along with Michigan, Miami, Cal and Oklahoma but his trip to Ann Arbor sealed it for him and he's now off the board.
Magnuson, from Carlsbad (Calif.) La Costa Canyon, is the highest-rated offensive tackle by Rivals.com other than Kyle Kalis (Ohio State) to make his commitment. He's the second-highest rated prospect in the West to Arik Armstead (USC) at any position to pledge at this point in the recruiting process.
It's not a major surprise that Magnuson, who shined at the Asante Trenchmen Academy and the Stanford NIKE Camp this spring, picked the Wolverines.
He's had a good relationship with Hoke for years and Magnuson and Michigan offensive line coach Darrell Funk have also formed a good bond. Many other schools were pursuing the Southern California prospect but he said the fit at Michigan was perfect for him.
"It just felt right and I feel really comfortable in everything involved with the program," Magnuson said via text.
It is a loaded offensive line class in the West this recruiting cycle and maybe one of the best in the last decade. Magnuson, who has already accepted his invitation to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, has to be in the conversation as one of the best at that position.