While recruits bailing out on Ohio State is certainly going to become a common practice over the next couple of years, it has to sting a little more when said recruits jump ship and join the Wolverines. When you run a dirty program and get caught doing it, that’s what happens. As the Detroit News shared with us on Tuesday, one of the top offensive line recruits in the nation for 2012 has made the rivalry swap because of the potential sanctions against the Buckeyes.
With self-imposed penalties already set in place and several more expected to come from the NCAA, Kyle Kalis decided to deliver Ohio State the ultimate slap in the face by committing to Michigan instead.
“When I talked to (Kalis) yesterday he said, ‘I needed to switch to Michigan. I’m not prepared to take penalties for something I didn’t do,’” ESPN’s Joe Schad told Colin Cowherd’s show. “‘I want to go to a place where I feel safe and secure, and that place is Michigan.’”
Who can blame him? Ohio State is finding itself caught in one lie after another and there’s no need to begin the most significant phase in your career with a program in peril. Ohio State’s self-imposed penalties of forfeiting last season’s wins and placing itself on two years probation were a joke compared to what the NCAA will inflict. For any top recruit expecting to go to a school that will be active on the recruiting trail every year and a perennial post-season contender, it is a no-brainer to bail out on the Buckeyes until things get back on track.