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Three-star ATH Amauri Pesek-Hickson commits to Michigan

Did Michigan just steal another gem from the Plains states?

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About half an hour before kickoff time, Michigan received a commitment from Kansas three-star athlete Amauri Pesek-Hickson, who is on campus for a visit this weekend.

Pesek-Hickson’s recruitment moved quickly. He received his offer on October 29th and immediately set up an official for December 8th. The 6-foot-3, 210 pounder didn’t even wait that long to give his pledge after deciding to take a trip to Ann Arbor for the last home game of the year.

Michigan was Pesek-Hickson’s only FBS offer. He only started playing football in high school this season, after spending the last couple of years focusing on basketball. But after an injury, he decided to focus on the gridiron, and has helped lead his school to an appearance in the state championship game.

If this story sounds familiar, it’s because his path is extremely similar to Ronnie Bell’s last year. At 824th in the country, Pesek-Hickson is actually ranked about 650 spots higher than Bell ever was. After Bell’s pleasantly surprising production this season, here’s hoping Jim Harbaugh and staff have revealed another diamond in the rough.

One thing that separates Pesek-Hickson from Bell is that he’ll probably play on defense at Michigan. Apparently coaches on both sides of the ball evaluated his film and wanted him, but Pesek-Hickson mentioned safety as a probable destination once he gets to campus. The prevailing thought is that he’ll eventually grow into an outside linebacker once he gets into the weight room, though.

This commitment brings Michigan’s class to 25 members. It still stands as the 9th highest in the country, and 1st in the Big Ten.