Gash excited to play big-time football at Michigan

Bay Port's Isaiah Gash will walk-on at Michigan. (Doug Ritchay/WLUK)

SUAMICO (WLUK) -- Isaiah Gash did just about everything possible this past football season, but the Bay Port running back in his own words "was lost" about his recruiting.

Gash rushed for 1,916 yards and scored 30 touchdowns in leading Bay Port to the Division 1 state title game. Certainly great accomplishments, but as far as college interest, it wasn't living up to his hopes.

However, last month Gash received preferred walk-on offers from Michigan and Michigan State and Monday he committed to be a Wolverine.

"Michigan's got the best of everything," he said. "They've got the highest level of football, they've got the facilities, the best education. They wanted me, so I want them."

Gash visited both Michigan schools on the same weekend and recalled the moment when the khaki-wearing Wolverines head coach made the offer.

"Coach Jim Harbaugh actually called me, told me he just watched my film," Gash said. "He got it from one of his friends and he was super-interested in me."

It is a relief for Gash, who did have a plan if Michigan or Michigan State didn't show interest.

"For a while I thought I was going to (Minnesota) Duluth or Drake, but I knew if kept putting the work and never giving up hope, I knew something big would happen," Gash said. "I was honestly lost in my recruiting a little bit because I didn't get anything big until after state. At the end of the day, I just wanted to play the sport I love and that's football. of football.

"I didn't care where I played, I just wanted to play at the highest level."

Gash, who said Wisconsin didn't show any interest, will get that chance, but likely will redshirt next season.

"I'm obviously looking to probably redshirt so I can get fast, build more muscle mass and get bigger and get accustomed to playing at the Division I level," he said. "I love the chance or the opportunity for Michigan, because I'm last on the depth chart right now for Michigan so I love the opportunity to show them what I'm about and show other schools that I'm not just some 5-10, 180-pound average running back."

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