New Mexico isn’t known for producing top-level talent year in and year out.
But Albuquerque (N.M.) Cibola two-way lineman Alan Branch was one of the most sought after players in the Southwest. And he was finally captured as the 6-foot-6, 315-pound three-star lineman announced his decision just moments ago at the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio, Texas.
Branch, who Rivals.com ranks as the No. 19 offensive tackle but could also play on the defensive side in college, is heading to Michigan. He picked the Wolverines over Arizona State, Colorado, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Washington State.
“Go Blue,” Branch said shortly after committing. “I knew when I went up there for my visit in October that Michigan was going to be the place for me. I’ve been leaning that way for quite some time. But I needed a little more time to collect all my thoughts and think the decision over.
“When I did, it became clearer and clearer that Michigan was the place for me.”