Lazarus Picks the Bulldogs
Michael Lazarus
Michael Lazarus
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Dec 19, 2013


The Berkeley (Calif.) linebacker, Michael Lazarus, is headed to the Mountain West champions...

Berkeley (Calif.) linebacker Michael Lazarus, one of the top uncommitted defenders in the West, is staying in state.

"I committed to Fresno State," Lazarus said on Thursday morning.

Lazarus had been offered by Arizona State, California, San Jose State, Washington State and Wisconsin, but the Bulldogs always prioritized Lazarus.

"They have shown I'm their top priority and they really wanted me," said Lazarus. "They have been on me since day one and never stopped coming at me."

Lazarus said the coaching staff also left a big impression on him.

"With the coaching staff, I love them and I feel at home with Coach (Nick) Toth. They have shown me who they really are outside the coaching world and I like that," said Lazarus.

Lazarus visited Fresno State officially over the weekend and the trip sealed the deal.

"After my official visit this past weekend, I got to see how much of a family the team is and the team holds lots of talent," said Lazarus.

Lazarus said the Bulldog coaches have expectations for early contributions from him.

"Fresno wants me to come in and become an impact player and contribute big to the team next season," said Lazarus.

Lazarus is the No. 18 middle linebacker nationally and a top five middle linebacker in the West.

Brandon is in his ninth year with Scout.com and FOX Sports, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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