Michigan flips OSU baseball commit to football
Written by Matt Pargoff   

The Wolverines claimed a recruiting victory of sorts over Ohio State on Friday morning, though it wasn’t the typical commitment flip. Columbus (Ohio) St. Francis DeSales multi-sport star Joey Velazquez announced in September of 2016 that he would play baseball for the Buckeyes, but after camping in Ann Arbor this week, he decided instead that Michigan football would be his primary path.

Velazquez hopes to participate in both sports at the next level and is slated to play VIPER linebacker for the football team. In baseball, the lefty outfielder posted a .461 batting average last season. The Wolverines first offered Velazquez for football in March, locking up the change in path this week.

Standing in at 6-0, 205 pounds, Velazquez is rated as a three-star safety by Rivals and 247 Sports, while ESPN has yet to rank him. He is Michigan’s 11th pledge for the 2019 recruiting class.

Velazquez is the Wolverines’ second commitment of the week out of Ohio State’s backyard after landing a pledge from 2020 Columbus Northland wide receiver Kalil Branham on Tuesday.


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