On Monday afternoon, Michigan football landed a 3-star defensive end out of the state of Ohio, while it's basketball team played in the national title game against Villanova.
While the Wolverine didn't fare well against the Wildcats on the hardwood, they did win a significant recruiting battle on the gridiron.
Gabriel Newburg, out of Clayton (OH) Northmont., is Michigan's seventh commitment in the 2019 cycle.
According to Land of 10, his recruitment may have been a little controversial. Urban Meyer reportedly asked the defensive end to wait for an Ohio State offer, but after hearing that, Newburg committed to Michigan.
Here's what Newburg had to say to Ryan Donnelly about his visit with Ohio State:
"It went well. I watched their practice, went on a tour of the campus, and then talked to Coach Meyer for a little while. He talked to me a lot about how close they were to offering me. We talked for a little while. We’d talk and then he’d turn to one of his assistants and say, ‘I like this kid. We gotta get him.’ He said that a few times.
He told me to be patient and asked if I could wait a month before committing somewhere else, but I can’t do that, man. I know what I want to do and I’m going to do it. I can’t wait around."
Newburg was predicted to land with the Wolverines in the absence of an Ohio State offer. Don't look for the Ohio native to go back on his word, however, as he told Land of 10: "Yeah, man. A commitment is just that — a commitment. You see a lot of guys de-commit and that’s just not me. I give people my word."
Meanwhile, Ohio State does not have a defensive end recruit in its 2019 class.