When Greg Schiano left Rutgers to become the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week, recruits were left stunned. Less than a week before signing day, Rutgers was without a coach, prompting some recruits to look elsewhere. One of them was offensive tackle Chris Muller, who talked with Michigan in the wake of Schiano's departure.
When the Wolverines reentered the picture, Muller was seen as a backup plan more than anything. After Michigan missed out on Joshua Garnett and Alex Kozan, however, Muller became a plan A type of prospect. Unfortunately for the Wolverines, that possibility is now gone as well, as Muller decided on Monday to stick with his commitment after Rutgers promoted offensive line coach Kyle Flood to the head coach position. This means Muller will sign with Rutgers on Wednesday (National Signing Day).
"I was overjoyed when I found out," said Muller, a 6-foot-6, 310-pound tackle. "I was pretty anxious the past week. I wanted to know what was happening. A lot of things were going through my mind."
With Muller now off the board, it looks like offensive tackle Jordan Diamond is the last recruit for 2012 that could pick Michigan. Considering three other offensive linemen with Michigan among their finalists have decided to go elsewhere in the last week, Diamond is now without a doubt the top priority as the Wolverines wrap up their 2012 recruiting class.