Chase Winovich Said Michigan was 'Building a Powerhouse' to Get Daxton Hill

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Chase Winovich Said Michigan was 'Building a Powerhouse' to Get Daxton Hill

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Chase Winovich Said Michigan was 'Building a Powerhouse' to Get Daxton Hill

Just a few weeks ago, Michigan senior defensive end Chase Winovich uttered some powerful words – “What we’ve built here, and what we’ll continue to build, is a powerhouse.”

His reasoning behind this, as he explained following Michigan’s 41-15 loss to Florida in the Peach Bowl, was to get Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington 2019 five-star safety Daxton Hill to flip his commitment back to Michigan.

“I caught a lot of flak a couple weeks ago because I said, ‘We’re building a powerhouse.’ I used some pretty heavy words,” Winovich explained.

Here is Winovich’s exact quote, which came after a 62-39 loss against Ohio State on Nov. 24:

“I would say to any recruit or any potential guy who sees what happened in the Ohio State game and is persuaded against coming to Michigan because of that, I would say that alone is a mirage. And you should not be fooled. What we’ve built here and what we’ll continue to build is a powerhouse. That’s the Michigan I’m leaving. A Michigan that’s competitive in its trajectory. The sky’s the limit.”

Hill flipped back to the Wolverines from Alabama on Dec. 19 and signed to play for coach Jim Harbaugh.

“My motivation behind that was really to get a recruit that decommitted to come back – so, it worked,” Winovich said. “I meant what I said, just not – we’re building a great team. This thing takes time.”

Winovich admitted he underestimated the truth in the words spoke after a tough loss to the Buckeyes.

“In hindsight, coming to Michigan, I maybe underestimated the amount of time and effort it would take to get over that hump,” Winovich added.

“We’re close.”

On Sept. 18, Hill originally committed to Michigan. Amidst rumors of the Harbaugh leaving the program, he flipped his commitment from Michigan to Alabama on Dec. 8. Hill, just 11 days later, was back on Michigan and signed the same day.

For Booker T. Washington in the 2018 season, the five-star registered 93 tackles, nine tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and one interception.

As a member of Michigan’s 2019 class, Hill was ranked No. 8 in the nation, No. 1 at safety and No. 1 in Oklahoma, per the 247Sports Composite.

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