Thomas Jefferson High School linebacker Chase Winovich makes verbal commitment with Michigan

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A top high school football player in Western Pennsylvania made his college choice tonight -- and Michigan came out the winner.

Chase Winovich, a linebacker at Thomas Jefferson High School, made a verbal commitment to Michigan. He was recruited by colleges across the country but had narrowed his choices to Pitt, Michigan and Ohio State. He also had scholarship offers from West Virginia, Florida State, Tennessee and Stanford, among others.

"It was just crazy how his recruiting took off," said Thomas Jefferson coach Bill Cherpak. "We had coaches from everywhere coming into school to recruit him."

Winovich is a 6-foot-3, 215-pound junior. He also was one of the top players on Thomas Jefferson's basketball team. His commitment to Michigan adds to a recruiting class that already is ranked No. 1 in the country by ESPN.

Winovich can't sign a binding letter of intent with Michigan until February of his senior year.

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