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Magnuson sticking with decision

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Erik Magnuson recently picked up a surprise offer from USC in the last few days but the four-star offensive tackle from Carlsbad (Calif.) La Costa Canyon said he's sticking with his commitment to Michigan and isn't interested in other programs.
The Trojans had been showing interest in Magnuson but after not offering throughout the spring and early summer the 6-foot-6, 275-pound prospect didn't think they were involved in his recruitment any longer.
He visited Michigan a couple months ago and committed soon after that trip. Even with the big-time offer from USC, Magnuson said he's content with his decision and doesn't plan to look around.
"I committed to Michigan for a reason," he said.
"I still feel really comfortable with the coaches and everything else there. They keep on getting better recruits and they're one of the top classes. We have a good chance to be really good and I just feel comfortable with everything."
Magnuson, rated eighth at offensive tackle and No. 34 in the 2012 class by Rivals.com, has a longstanding relationship with first-year Michigan coach Brady Hoke from his days at San Diego State and he thinks that should also help his transition to Ann Arbor.
"That was a big help knowing those guys," Magnuson said. "When I saw everything coming together as far as recruits committing and coach Hoke brought in some good coaches that helped, too. I know it's a good academic school so it just felt right."
Magnuson and the USC coaching staff have had lengthy recruiting discussions but after the Trojans didn't offer earlier he decided to move on with other options. Michigan was the place and as Magnuson tells it USC just got involved too late to really pique his interest.
"I have not talked to them in a long time so I'm surprised they even offered me," Magnuson said of the Trojans.
"The last time I talked to them they said they really wanted to offer me but I didn't know what the deal was so I said if you're not going to offer me I'm going to commit and I committed and then they offered me so I don't know what the deal is."
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