- Tom VanHaaren, ESPN Staff Writer
Michigan has some interesting talking points at the quarterback position, both on the roster and with recruiting. Questions surround Denard Robinson entering his second season in offensive coordinator Al Borges' offense, backup quarterback Devin Gardner taking snaps at quarterback and how Michigan will transition to a pro-style offense.
With 2013 quarterback Shane Morris (Warren, Mich./De LaSalle) committed, the last question seems a little more clear. Beyond that, the Michigan coaching staff has already started to identify top signal callers in the 2014 class as well.
DeShone Kizer (Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic) is one of the prospects that stands out, and will be one of the more regarded quarterbacks in 2014.
He's a multi-sport athlete who plays football, basketball and baseball, and at 6-foot-5, 208 pounds, brings a lot to the table at his position. While he is very athletic, he still fashions himself as more of a pro-style quarterback.
"I like to consider myself a passing quarterback who can extend the play. I love to sit in the pocket and pick defenses apart," he said. "If the pocket does collapse then I can use my feet to get my team and myself out of trouble."
Kizer believes that his size and speed help him in multiple ways, especially being able to see over the defense and being able to escape pressure.
With early offers from Bowling Green, Syracuse and Toledo, Kizer has already heard from schools across the country. Despite growing up in Ohio, he and his family rooted for some unexpected teams.
"I would love to go to a school like Ohio State or Michigan, but being a three-sport athlete I loved to follow the (Texas) Longhorns since they are pretty much a powerhouse in each sport," he said. "And living in a state with a rivalry like Ohio State and Michigan, everyone tends to choose Ohio State. My family are all Michigan fans, so I tend to choose Michigan when it comes game time."
Kizer says that his family doesn't have any ties to Michigan, but his family has always been fans of the Wolverines. He also likes Michigan because it has produced some great quarterbacks in the past.
It's still early in the process for the sophomore slinger, but his recruitment will undoubtedly pick up soon. His teammates in the 2013 class, tight end Keith Towbridge and defensive back Jayme Thompson, have given him an opportunity to see the process first hand.
"We're all kind of using each other to spread our names to as many coaches as we can," he said. "With all us being offered by so many BCS schools it's easier for other coaches to come see everyone all at once."
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