Michigan picked up a unique athlete with recent 2020 commit Gaige Garcia. The Pennsylvania native announced on Monday his decision to attend Michigan, but also to play football and wrestle.
Committed!!! 〽️ pic.twitter.com/xH0iVHV8B6— Gaige Garcia (@gaigegarcia23) June 24, 2019
We caught up with Gaige to ask about his decision and the opportunity of being on the football and wresting team.
He started by explaining what it was like to be recruited by Michigan.
“The biggest thing for me was the coaches,” he said. “They make you feel like family and that was huge for me. The facilities and campus are like no other.
“Coach Partridge and Jay Harbaugh are the (coaches) I built relationships with. After being on campus, coach (Jim) Harbaugh was the man.”
The coaches obviously played a big role in his recruitment, but what else led to his commitment?
“I always was a fan of Michigan,” Garcia said. “After getting an offer it was like a dream come true. It was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.
“Being able to wear a Michigan uniform is going to be a crazy feeling. Walking out onto the field at the big house with a uniform on will be even better.”
After being a relative unknown before his commitment, he described himself as a player as “relentless.”
“I’m going to do whatever I can to help my team win.”
He has a scholarship for both teams and is unlike many dual-sport athletes who usually are a football/baseball athlete and mentioned that football will be his main focus.
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