Brady Pallante (Naples, Fla.) is the fifth commitment of Michigan’s 2014 recruiting class.
However, according to Pallante, it took him almost a year to decide U-M was the place he wanted to attend school.
The 6-foot-1, 278-pound defensive tackle visited Michigan three times before committing to the Wolverines. He visited Ann Arbor for a camp last June, attended the annual barbeque the following July, and was on campus to observe spring practices last week.
Despite visiting campus a couple of times, he needed to see coach Brady Hoke and defensive coordinator Greg Mattison run a practice before deciding U-M was the best place for him to go to school.
"The one thing keeping me from committing was I didn’t know how they coached," Pallante, who commited to Michigan on April 6, said. "I had never been on a field to observe how they coached their players. When I saw how they practiced Thursday, I wasn’t there 20 minutes before I told my dad, ‘this is the place I need to be.’"
Pallante was reminded of his father when he watched Hoke and Mattison run practice. His father, Dan, is the coach of the Barron Collier football team—the team Pallante plays for.
"(Hoke and Mattison) just remind me so much of how my dad coaches as far as coaching style and approach," he said. "I want to be comfortable and stay with the same coaching philosophy my dad has."
Pallante, a senior with full-ride offers from Appalachian State and Boston College, said his commitment allows him to be a leader on his high school team without having any recruiting distractions this fall.
"I don’t have anything to worry about," he said of his commitment. "I can just go out there and play. I can enjoy the hell out of it and enjoy my senior year. I’m just going to play my ass off."
Pallante is rated the No. 78 defensive tackle in 2014, according to 247Sports.