Rivals100 LB Junior Colson terminates commitment to Michigan

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Michigan landed its top-rated defensive engagement in the 2021 recruiting class.

Junior linebacker Colson of Brentwood (Tenn.) Rivals100 Ravenwood set a decision schedule in May and followed through. He publicly announced his commitment to Michigan on Memorial Day weekend after being silent for more than a month.

“I believe Michigan was the best choice for me and my family,” said Colson. “Being able to come play early, have good academics because soccer ends at some point in life and culture made it the best option for me.”

Colson chose Michigan over the LSU, Ole Miss, Oregon and Tennessee finalists.

Colson got an offer from the Wolverines at a summer camp last year and returned to campus for an unofficial visit in November when Michigan welcomed its Ohio State rival. He was placed for another unofficial visit this spring, but the coronavirus pandemic forced him to cancel his trip.

However, Colson stayed high on Michigan and established a solid relationship with the coaching staff through virtual recruiting. The two defensive coordinator Don brown and linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary played a huge role in his decision to side with Michigan.

“Our relationship is great,” said Colson. “I don’t even know how many times I spoke to them last week. I talk to them every day. We’re just talking about normal things. We also had a movie screening this week, and that just reiterated my commitment to them. Our personalities are similar, which is a plus. We will all get along and know what others are thinking. “

Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh The video also chatted with Colson throughout the downtime and made a strong impression on the four-star perspective.

“I really like it,” said Colson. “He really cares about his players. It shows that it’s not just football. Life doesn’t end after football. He showed that he helped players get used to the right jobs if they didn’t make it to the NFL. It helps its players to succeed in life. “

Colson recorded 175 tackles and 14 remarkable bags as a junior at Ravenwood last season.

In Brown’s offensive defensive scheme, Colson should play the position of “Viper”, which will allow him to showcase his multifaceted talent on the field. While he can certainly fill in the gaps, Colson also excels in passing coverage and has a high IQ in soccer.

“Being able to play this Viper position will benefit me,” said Colson. “I think it will help, especially with my goal of reaching the draft – being able to play multiple positions and move around. I’m used to a 4-3, but in this scheme, I will play a little safety, linebacker, defensive end and even the corner. “

At the end of the day, Michigan offered the best of everything to Colson and his family. Colson’s mother, Melanie, is from Michigan and actually grew up a Wolverines fan.

Having a mom on board is always a good thing when recruiting, but the decision to side with Michigan was an organic one for Colson and his family.

“My family was thrilled,” said Colson. “They were happy that I was able to make a decision for myself. I had no outside influence. They beamed with smiles. They would have supported any decision I made. Michigan had everything I needed and they also thought it was the best solution for me. My mom went crazy. She jumped everywhere. It was amazing to see her smile. “

Colson plans to visit Michigan at the end of the off-season.

At 6 feet 2 inches and 215 pounds, Colson is ranked No. 3 in linebacker and No. 83 in the country’s general ranking, according to Rivals.com.

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