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Michael Barrett says #GoBlue; offensive star chooses Wolverines

It looked like Florida State may make a move on Michael Barrett this week after he visited Tallahassee on Friday, but time ran out for not only them but also Georgia Tech and Nebraska because the Valdosta (Ga.) Lowndes athlete has committed to Michigan.

"I have committed to Michigan," Barrett told early Tuesday afternoon. "I talked to all of the Michigan coaches this morning about my commitment and they were excited."

When Barrett spoke with a few days ago, he thought he would have a decision by the end of the week or early next week, at the latest. It did not take him as long as he thought it would to scratch that itch.

He had been leaning to the maize and blue for some time, but Tuesday he decided it was time to go public.

"I have known inside for a while it was Michigan, but I wanted to be sure," Barrett said. "I had to make sure I was making the right choice. I talked it out with my family, I prayed about it and I made the final decision today."

The visit to Ann Arbor in December really put things in motion. Georgia Tech definitely gave him a lot to think about and he was considering an official visit to Nebraska, but he is ready to play in the Big House.

"I just got a good feel for the place when I took my visit, and I can see myself being there the next three to four years," he said. "Michigan has a great program, the coaches are great and I feel for me, this is the best opportunity."


In high school, Barrett played quarterback and finished exactly with 2,900 yards and 29 touchdowns as a senior. He will move to a different position at Michigan - and he is excited about it.

"They want to use my like Jabril Peppers on offense," Barrett said. "They want me as a running back, they want me to play some Wildcat and they want to use me on special teams.

"It will be a great opportunity for me. Different schools wanted to use me in different ways, and I think I could be successful in different roles. I am excited about the opportunity Michigan is giving me at this position."

Like most Michigan commits, Barrett is ready to suit up for the man, Jim Harbaugh. The two have developed a relationship and the leader of Go Blue's football program played a role in this decision.

"Coach Harbaugh was a big factor in my decision," Barrett said. "He is a great guy, and I am excited to be a Wolverine."