The Lakewood St. Edward tackle, considered the best OL prospect in the '12 class, has long been a Buckeye commit, but this clearly shows Hoke isn't afraid to go into Ohio and challenge for these types of kids. Michigan is also going after a few of Kalis' teammates (TE Sam Grant, DT Greg Kuhar, and OL Tyler Orlosky all have offers from UM). When asked about the Michigan offer, Kalis had the following to say:
I was offered by Michigan yesterday. I'm pretty much set on Ohio State, but my mind is still open at this point. I talked to Coach Funk yesterday and he said they would have offered me when I was 15 if they were the coaches here. He said they really want me, they really need me, and how excited they are to get to know me. They want me to come up to see Michigan and get the blue carpet treatment.
I might go up there with either Sam [Grant] or [Greg] Kuhar sometime. I think they like Michigan, and I know that [Tyler] Orlosky is definitely the most interested. Me and Orlosky are very close and we've always talked about playing together at the next level somewhere, so time will tell. I know Orlosky is a Michigan fan and excited to get up there to see what they're all about. I think I'll definitely give [Michigan] a chance to recruit me and I'll see where my teammates go.
Tressel doesn't lose many commits -- especially guys from Ohio, but Hoke clearly plans to make JT earn his classes. And with offers out to every kid in America, Hoke is casting a wide net with the goal of returning the Wolverines to glory as soon as possible.