Blake Bars talks decision

Blake Bars talks decision

Blake Bars, three-star offensive tackle from Nashville-Montgomery Bell Academy, Tenn., decided to put an end to his recruitment. He is headed out-of-state to the Big 10. Andrew Bone talked with Bars about his commitment.

"I committed to Michigan today," said Blake Bars. "I went up there last week for my second visit. I had a great feel for the coaches and campus. I talked it over with my parents and decided tonight that's where I wanted to go.

"I let the coaches know about an hour ago. I talked to coach Smith. I then called coach Hoke. He had his family with him including his sister who lives in Tennessee. I could hear them all cheering in the background. It was a special moment."

Bars discussed more of his commitment to the Wolverines.

"Overall I had a great feel for it," he explained. "I felt like I would fit in well. They have a great program. I really like coach Hoke and his staff. The academic support is there. I also really like the campus. I feel like all three of those things factored into my decision.

"The facilities are top-notch. We visited their locker room and weight room. We went out to the 50-yard line in the stadium. There was nobody there. I can only imagine what it will be like with all the fans.

"It's a good school and a good campus. We met with the academic staff. They said they really help you out. They realized I went to an academically challenging school. They said I would be fine at Michigan.

"Coach Smith came down to visit me back in May. He visited me for one week. He said he wanted the eye ball test. He followed up and said he was going to come back to watch practice. He came back and said they were impressed and wanted to offer. That's how it started. I got to talking to them about things, and we decided to visit. I feel like that sealed the recruitment for everything."

Bars believes Coach Hoke will help restore program.

"While we were up there we sat in coach Hoke's office for 45 minutes," he said. "He talked about his philosophy and what he looks for in players. He said he keeps his players in check athletically, academically and off-the-field. He said he would be like a second family to us.

"He will do everything in his power to help us succeed in life. He wants to help make the program better. He has a lot of high energy. I really can see myself playing for him."

The Tennessee lineman is finished with the recruiting process. He does plan to take one more visit this summer.

"It feels great," he said of his commitment. "I can focus on my high school team. We are going to be a really good team. We have all of our talent returning and have a good shot at state. I am glad it's over. I can focus on getting bigger, stronger and faster.

"We still plan on taking one more visit. I want to take my mom to Michigan so she can see everything I saw. I want to take her up there within the next week or two. That's the only trip I will take."

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