Auston Robertson is rated as the No. 1 player in the state of Indiana, and he will go off the board in just over a month. The four-star defensive end is coveted by Big Ten power Michigan State and nearby Notre Dame. Until recently, Ohio State was also involved in the recruitment, but according to ESPN's Tom VanHaaren, they've been replaced by Michigan.
“I don’t really have a relationship like that with Ohio State anymore, so why keep them in the top three,” he said. “So now it’s Michigan State, Notre Dame and Michigan."
Michigan has ground to make up on the Spartans and Fighting Irish, but he seems impressed by what he's seen and heard so far.
This recent trip to Michigan opened Robertson’s eyes to a new way of thinking at Michigan. Speaking with special teams coach John Baxter about his academics made Robertson feel as though the Michigan coaches really cared about him in the classroom.
“I had dinner with Coach Harbaugh and he seems like a pretty good guy. He was explaining to me that if I committed to Michigan and they won a national championship that I would be remembered as a player who helped turn Michigan around,” he said. “I want to put myself in history and be remembered as a football player, so that really stood out.”
SB Nation also recently caught up with Robertson, and they went a bit further into why Ohio State has been replaced on the list.
"Growing up, I was an Ohio State fan because I'm from Lima, so that's where my family wants me to go, but my relationship isn't as tight as it should be," he said. "It is what is, but I'm not going to stop liking them because I've always been a fan since I was little."
The reason for the lack of interest from the Buckeyes despite the offer and the high interest from Robertson? Ohio State may not have a spot left for the nation's No. 7 weakside defensive end because head coach Urban Meyer and his staff already hold two commitments from players at the position, including Terrell Hall, a player 247Sports has ranked as the No. 2 weakside defensive end nationally.
Robertson is set to commit on June 7 at the R.A.S. Football Camp in Fort Wayne.