Michigan flipped a top German defense end prospect



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The early signing period for Michigan has apparently started on a high note. That’s because three-star defensive end prospect in Julius Welschof out of Germany flipped his commitment from Georgia Tech to the Wolverines.

Here’s Welschof making the announcement Wednesday morning via Twitter:

“It was a hard decision, I stayed up last night until 3 in the morning thinking about what’s best for me,” “I want to thank every coach who gave me an opportunity. But at the end of the day, I (want) to go to the NFL and I think the best way to do that is to go with Michigan.”

The 6-foot-6, 248-pound strong-side defensive end prospect was a member of the Munich Cowboys and garnered plenty of attention this past summer especially after turning in a 4.55 40-yard dash. According to the Free PressWelschof received as many as a dozen offers but it wasn’t until four days ago Michigan submitted theirs.

Now the Wolverines currently have three strong side defensive ends in addition to the 26-ranked (247 sports for SDE) Welschof. This includes four-star Aidan Hutchinson and three-star Taylor Upshaw.

Via the Washington Post on Welschof’s introduction to American Football:

Welschof was introduced to football in the front yard of a family friend during a visit to Florida four years ago. He started playing with an obscure club team in Germany the following year and took a second job to pay his way to attend several college camps last summer in the United States just to get scouted. Now he hopes that his path will help pave the way for other Europeans who want to play major college football.

Perhaps needless to say Michigan’s trip to Rome paid off as Welschof reportedly attended the practice to get a glimpse of his future collegiate home.

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