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Tom Brady Highly Considered These 4 Schools Before Committing To Michigan

Tom Brady talking to Rob Gronkowski.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots celebrates with Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots during the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The former Wolverines' quarterback wasn't a huge recruit, but he was highly-coveted.

Tom Brady, New England Patriots quarterback, is the greatest NFL quarterback of all-time. Tom Brady, high school football recruit, was much less accomplished.

The California native was a somewhat-major recruit coming out of high school in California, but he wasn't a big one. Recruiting experts estimate that Brady would've been a three or four-star prospect in today's evaluations.

Brady, as you know, ended up at Michigan. It wasn't a lock that Brady would commit to the Wolverines, though.

A couple of West Coast schools and another Big Ten program were stiff competition. SI.com reports that Michigan's main competition for Brady was:

  • Cal
  • Illinois
  • USC
  • UCLA

Brady, a San Mateo native, made several unofficial visits to USC. If the Trojans played things right, he might have committed.

However, USC focused more on some other recruits, and Brady's interest waned. Michigan went all out with its "Michigan Man" pitch and got him.

They hit him with the ultimate “Michigan Man” sales pitch, and Brady was intrigued. A few days after Brady returned home from Ann Arbor, a major domino fell. Cade McNown of West Linn, Ore., committed to UCLA. Brady then canceled his scheduled visit to UCLA. In mid-January, Harris picked up his phone. On the other end was Brady, and he wanted to be a Michigan Man. Harris was overjoyed, but he played it cool on the phone. He still had to get Moeller’s approval. Once he secured that, Brady was in. On Jan. 18, 1995, Brady announced he had chosen Michigan.

Tonight, the Michigan alum will play for his sixth Super Bowl championship. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. E.T. on NBC.