Saturday, February 2, 2013
U-M legacy to take preferred walk-on spot
By Chantel Jennings
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- It won’t be too much of a departure for several fans when they see the name “Wangler” on a Michigan uniform this fall.
On Saturday, wide receiver Jack Wangler (Warren, Mich./De La Salle), son of former quarterback John Wangler, announced he would take a preferred walk-on spot with the Wolverines. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound receiver had been offered spots at Valparaiso and Dayton and well as a full scholarship to Siena Heights, but felt as though Michigan was the right spot.
“Just growing up around Michigan and being able to be a part of the tradition helped,” Wangler said.
Another factor that helped Wangler choose Michigan was his established chemistry with several members of the 2013 class. He played on Detroit’s MaxEx 7-on-7 team with 2013 commits Shane Morris (Warren, Mich./De La Salle), Khalid Hill (Detroit/East English Village Prep) and Csont’e York (Harper Woods, Mich./Chandler Park Academy).
“Being able to be a part of that and have that chemistry really was a deciding factor,” Wangler said. “Knowing that I would be coming in with that kind of chemistry, that’s something if you go somewhere else that would take months or years to develop. … Knowing that I have that chemistry and that I’m friends with all those guys really helps a lot.”
John Wangler informed Michigan wide receiver coach Jeff Hecklinski on Friday afternoon that his son would be taking the walk-on spot. Jack said his father was very excited on Friday, but they were waiting to celebrate until after Jack’s announcement.
“He’s really, really proud and happy,” Wangler said. “I can already tell he’s proud. This is something I’ve been talking about and dreaming about for a long time. … Being on the field and in the Big House so many times, it’ll be crazy to actually be on the field playing and not just walking.”