Incoming: Tom Strobel

As always, the 2012 recruiting board lives here.

Rivals: ★★★★, NR DE
Scout: ★★★★, #24 DE
ESPN: ★★★, #56 DE
24/7: ★★★★, #14 DE

Another DE commit, this time from the football prospect factory in Mentor, OH. This news is courtesy of The News-Herald, a northern Ohio newspaper.
"I have been very blessed with the opportunity to visit and meet with many elite colleges, but I genuinely feel that Michigan will provide me with both the best academic and athletic college experience possible," Strobel said. "Like most people in Ohio, I was raised with a biased opinion against Michigan. However, it occurred to me that there was no justification for my prejudice, besides the fact that it was Michigan. I think it says something that despite my apprehension, Michigan still stood out above the rest. I am confident that I have made the right decision for my future, and I look forward to beginning my college career as a Wolverine."

Strobel is entering his senior season at Mentor and will lead the Cardinals defense as they begin their first year in the rugged NOC after leaving the Lake Erie League at the end of the school year.

Mentor coach Steve Trivisonno said Strobel is the second player from Mentor to go to Michigan to play football (Randy Stark in the late 1980s) and that it is a good decision for Strobel on many levels.

"It's a great fit for him for academics and football and the fact that it he got the decision done before the start of the season," Trivisonno said. "Tom is the complete package. Michigan is getting a good one."
Other Offers:
Akron, Cincy, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kent St, Miami OH, Sparty, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio, Ohio State, Pitt, Purdue, Stanford, Syracuse, Vandy, WVU, Wisconsin...and had strong interest from Penn State

Yes, that's right...he had 11 Big Ten offers (with interest from PSU)...and he picked Meeeechigan.

Update: Scout lists an offer from Penn State, Rivals doesn't. For the sake of argument, we'll just assume he has a Penn State offer.

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