Last month Eastern Michigan received its first commitment of the 2015 class when offensive lineman Rob Pavletich decided to end his recruitment and give the newly hired Eagle coaching staff his verbal just days after visiting Ypsilanti and receiving his first full ride scholarship offer.
"I was open. I was obviously interested in EMU, but also Northern Illinois, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Bowling Green, Ball State, New Mexico, Indiana, Michigan State and Wisconsin." Pavletich told Hustle Belt.
"I was given the offer a couple days after my visit there and I took some time to think about it. When I made up my mind, I contacted Coach Creighton and told him first. He was super happy. I then contacted Coach Grubb, who I had been talking with quite a bit. He was excited too and I was pumped to be their first 2015 commit."
The 6-foot-5 260-pound, Neenah, Wisconsin native added on how he broke the news of his commitment to EMU.
"Within hours of committing, I received congratulations and welcome messages from the coaches, and within days each one of them mailed me separate handwritten congratulations notes. It was pretty cool to receive all that, and everyone had their own thing to add. I definitely have felt included."
The Eagles haven't had much success on the field over the last decade, but with Creighton and crew now under the helm, that is something Pavletich believes is in the rear view mirror.
"I'm really impressed with head coach Chris Creighton and the entire coaching staff. Their philosophy and principles are solid and I am convinced that their program will be a winning one. The coaches were all on board and consistent with what they believe in to succeed. How can someone not want to a part of that?" Pavletich, who is interested in studying criminal justice once he hits campus, stated.
"They have said they are on the path to winning and success and that I will be a big part of it. I got to meet some of the players and saw them practice and scrimmage. Those guys are tough, big and they work together good. I think EMU football has a super positive atmosphere."
In Pavletich, EMU is adding a big and athletic body that should help anchor the line for years to come. This is something he is more than use to doing. At Neenah High last season, Rob helped block the Rockets rushing attack to over 1,300 yards and 21 touchdowns, earning the junior a Honorable Mention spot on the All-Valley Football Association South Division Team.
To see what Rob will bring the Eagles, take a look at his Hudl page for highlights of him in action.
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