There is some stunning news that came out in the college football world today when Michigan Wolverines stud offensive tackle Taylor Lewan announced his decision to return to school for his senior season rather than entering the 2013 NFL Draft.
Lewan announced his decision to return to Michigan during a press conference on Wednesday evening.
“I had a 30-45 minute with Jake Long. Everything he said about why he stayed, I had the same thoughts,” Lewan said. ”I have unfinished business here.”
“There was really no doubt in my mind that I had to be back at The University of Michigan. I always said I would evaluate things and make the best decision for me, and that’s exactly what I did.”
With that news, the 2013 offensive tackle class has taken a major hit.
Lewan was considered a potential top ten pick and the door was open to be the second offensive tackle off the board, when Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews announced that he would return to school. Instead of taking advantage of the opportunity, Lewan will return for one final season at the college level.
While it is bad news for teams looking to draft an offensive tackle near the top of round one of the NFL Draft, it is great news for the Wolverines who will get their anchor back for one final year.
You can never bash a kid for returning to school, but Lewan’s decision to return to Michigan is as stunning of an announcement as we can expect this draft season.
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