When rivals in college sports are seen vying for the same prospects, it adds a little extra something down the road.
This was the case on Wednesday when the Michigan Wolverines football program won the most recent battle with their in-state rival Michigan State Spartans of reeling in a recruit for the class of 2017. Joel Honigford, 3-star offensive lineman from Garaway High School (Sugarcreek, OH), announced on Wednesday via his Twitter account he was pledging to U-M over MSU and a plethora of other programs nationwide.
For with God nothing shall be impossible. – Luke 1:37🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/uU4xaugrrY
— Joel Honigford (@jhonig44) June 29, 2016
The 6-foot-6, 278-pound Honigford is listed as a top-25 prospect in the state of Ohio for the class of 2017 and ranks in the top 50 at his position across the country. He had nearly 30 scholarship offers from schools all across the nation going back to November of 2015.
The Wolverines offered him a scholarship back in April without any prior official unofficial visits between the two. Honigford then made an unofficial visit to Ann Arbor back on June 11 before making his verbal commitment on Wednesday. He had visited the Spartans three separate times going back to last November, most recently in April, and received a scholarship offer from MSU in February.
As for Michigan now, the commitment from Honigford becomes the 17th recruit to announce their pledge to the program for the 2017 season, a class that currently ranks in the top 5 nationally, second in the Big Ten to only their arch rival Ohio State. He’s also the third offensive lineman prospect, joining Oak Park, MI-product JaRaymond Hall and Andrew Steuber (Darien, CT).