Downers Grove (Ill.) South 2016 offensive tackle recruit Erik Swenson (6-foot-7, 290 pounds) gave Michigan his verbal commitment. Swenson's father Swen talks about his son's decision here.
"He called up the coaches at Michigan and gave them his verbal commitment," said Swen Swenson, Erik's father. "It's his dream school, and I honestly couldn't see him going to any other school. He wasn't going to travel all over the country when he had already found the school he wanted to attend."
"Erik is just a pretty simple kind of kid. He's not into traveling across the country and doesn't want to take official visits and waste people's time and money. He has wanted to go to Michigan since he was a little kid. He truly had no desire to go anywhere else. He loves the school, the tradition and everything that is Michigan. He will get a great education and will get a chance to play at a high level. My wife and I just could not see him at any other school. Michigan has great people in and around the program. Erik was ready to commit at the Notre Dame game but I wanted him to slow down just a bit and really think it through. He said to me this weekend "I'm done" and I believed him."
Swenson, who was drawing recruiting looks and interest from schools across the country also considered Northwestern but decided today to end his process.
"Erik has been to Northwestern several times and made an unofficial visit this weekend. In the end I just felt like Erik knew where he wanted to go and that school was Michigan. It's pretty hard for anyone to beat Michigan since they have been Erik's dream school forever."