Channing Stribling (Matthews, N.C./Butler) was a surprise addition to Michigan’s 2013 class. He earned an offer after an outstanding performance at the Wolverines’ summer camp and committed shortly after, but the commitment took some fans by surprise.
It brought up questions on his ability since there were higher-ranked defensive back prospects still interested in Michigan at the time of his commitment. Stribling was aware of the situation, but says all that matters is what’s between him and the coaches.
“The coaching staff there does not worry about stars. They worry about me as a person and as a player,” he said. “They know I’m not ranked, but they love what I bring to the program. That’s why it feels good to be a Wolverine.”
Now ranked as a three-star, he started out the offseason relatively unknown. That was partially due to only a recent switch to defense from playing wide receiver, and he’s now a 6-foot-2 cornerback with a ton of potential.
The coaches’ sentiment might pay off for them in the end as Stribling started out his senior campaign with a bang. He intercepted the first pass of the game and hauled in a touchdown on offense, which he gives some credit to being committed to Michigan.
“It felt good to get that win on the board. I set the tone for the game with that interception at the beginning of the game,” he said. “It feels good to be committed to Michigan and it gave me a boost. Without that offer to Michigan I think I would have felt like just some ordinary guy.”
While he is one of the few commitments located outside of the Midwest, Stribling says he still feels the family aspect from his fellow commitments. The rest of the class already feels like they’re his teammates and his family, which is a common theme among the 2013 commitments.
Stribling has even noticed the rivalry between Michigan and Ohio State now that he’s committed. He appreciates the rivalry and says his family and community know that he has worked hard to get where he is now.
“I see more Ohio State fans in my area than anything,” he said. “My pizza man came by and saw I had my Michigan shirt on and he said he was an Ohio State fan and yelled, ‘Go Buckeyes!’ ”