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Ohio State Baseball Commit Has Flipped To Michigan To Play Football

Michigan's band playing on the field.

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 4: The Michigan Marching Band performs during the NCAA football game between the Ball State Cardinals and the Michigan Wolverines on November 4, 2006 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won 34-26. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Joey Velazquez grew up an Ohio State fan, and committed to play for the Buckeyes baseball program two years ago. An opportunity presented by Michigan football changed his plans.

The class of 2019 safety prospect made the announcement, probably unexpected to most Ohio State fans, this morning. He received an offer from Jim Harbaugh back in March.

Velazquez is a Columbus native, and also aimed to play football at Ohio State. He was invited to multiple games this fall, and camped at Ohio State earlier this month.

The Buckeyes have not extended a football offer, however. Michigan will allow him to play both sports, and he will count against the Wolverines' football scholarship allotment.

Joey Velazquez spoke to Ohio State site Eleven Warriors about what a Michigan offer meant, considering his commitment to Buckeyes baseball, and his fandom:

“To get an offer from the University of Michigan is very humbling and a great honor,” Velazquez told Eleven Warriors this spring. “I love the game of football, and when you think about football and all of the great college programs [there are], Michigan is one of the greatest programs ever in college football.

“Of course [I grew up an Ohio State fan], but I’ve always had great respect for Michigan and love the rivalry.”

247Sports ranks Joey Velazquez as a three-star safety, and the No. 968 player in the class of 2019. He is the No. 79 safety, and the 43rd-ranked player from Ohio.

[Eleven Warriors]