Eastern Michigan added their 5th commitment for the class of 2016 from offensive lineman Mike Van Hoeven.
Van Hoeven is the first offensive lineman to join EMU's recruiting class to date and gives coach Creighton a solid in-state recruit to build his class around. He also has received a 2-star rating from Scout.com recently.
Shortly after his commitment, Hustle Belt caught up with the 6-foot-5 285 pound offensive lineman to find out exactly why he chose the Eagles.
Mike Van Hoeven | Committed to EMU | Paw Paw, Michigan (Paw Paw)
OL | 6'5" | 285 lbs. | 247Sports Composite: NR
Twitter: @BiGG_MikeVH @MAC_Crootin
"For me, a huge part was the coaches. They are all great people along with being phenomenal coaches. Working with them at camps, it just felt right. Also, talking to players about the program, they all talked about the family atmosphere. And just in the few hours since I committed, I have had multiple players reach out and congratulate me. I can't even describe how excited I am to join the family and work with those guys in the future."
It is clear that coach Creighton and the rest of his coaching staff had a huge impact on Van Hoeven's decision.
Although EMU was the only program to offer Van Hoeven, he looks to be another solid under-the-radar grab for the Eagles. Van Hoeven will need some time to develop and adjust to the college game, however he seems to be is a perfect fit to protect QB commit Isaac Stiebeling for years to come.
Check out his junior year highlights below: