Michigan has added an eleventh prospect to their 2019 class on Wednesday as Columbus (OH) St. Frances De Sales three-star VIPER target Joey Velazquez committed to the Wolverines.

Velazquez is an intriguing prospect who was primarily a baseball recruit until recently. In fact, he was originally committed to the rival Ohio State Buckeyes until Michigan offered a football scholarship. He camped at Michigan on Monday, who gave him the go-ahead to verbally commit to the staff.

Fitting in as the multi-sport athlete Jim Harbaugh and other coaches around the country covet, the three-star is expected to play both sports in Ann Arbor. Velazquez was blown away by his first trip to Ann Arbor when the staff originally offered.

"When I was at Michigan I was able to speak to Coach (Jim) Harbaugh after practice, and we had a good talk," Velazquez told Bill Greene of 247Sports last month. "They told me I would be playing the spot that Khaleke Hudson plays, and I think I could do well at that position. We also talked about me playing baseball at Michigan, and they assured me it would work out just fine," he noted. I have been speaking with (assistant coach) Al Washington a lot, and we have a good relationship. He would be the one to coach me at the Viper position. They always thought I was a baseball guy only, and when they saw me putting my highlights up on HUDL they decided to contact me and get the recruiting process started."

Velazquez elaborated even further with Sam Webb of the Michigan Insider.

"They’re awesome,” Velazquez told Webb. “They’re unbelievable. I was in contact with Coach Washington when he was at Cincinnati. We’ve had a great relationship. And meeting Coach Harbaugh… he’s awesome. He is just a high energy guy. It was just really nice to meet him face to face. Just all around the way they treated me (stood out). Basically, it felt like I was already family. And then when we were out walking around… the way they treated my family as well was just really incredible. To see how they interacted and kept everyone engaged and just really kept the conversation with everyone going around (was impressive).”

The aforementioned camp performance on Monday helped solidify Velazquez's spot in the class. He told Webb that the camp went about as well as it could have possibly gone from his standpoint. Michigan obviously agreed. 

"It went well," Velazquez noted. "We did a bunch of drills, a lot of instruction and a lot of teaching which was good. I won MVP for Linebacker/safeties. I weighed in at 195 lbs., 6-foot, and in the forty I ran a 4.51, a 4.6 and then ran a third one. I ran a 4.64. I loved it because (the coaches) were all up tempo and all high energy guy… and that’s what I like. I like getting after it and working hard when you’re on the field. There’s nothing else you can do besides just work hard."

Velazquez's potential fit within the Michigan baseball program was also pivotal in his eventual decision, as he was already committed to Ohio State to play ball for the Buckeyes. He met with Erik Bakich on the trip and came away impressed with what the Wolverines are doing on the diamond. 

"I went and met with (Eric Bakich) after (camp). He went through everything," Velazquez explained. "He showed us all the facilities, he showed us how they work out, what their plan is for everything, how they attack opposing teams with the technology they use. I thought it went really well. We were talking about the recruiting class they’re bringing in for the 2019 class. They have nine commits right now, and they need one more outfielder, which is perfect because I play outfield. That’s a perfect fit right there."

This verbal commitment gives Michigan their fourth out of Ohio in the 2019 class. Velazquez will almost assuredly be given the responsibility of playing Don Brown's coveted VIPER position at the next level. As most Michigan fans know, it's an important role in the defense as 247Sports pointed out upon Brown's hiring.

"The VIPER linebacker in Don Brown’s defense needs to be one of your most athletic and versatile players on the defense because of the responsibilities," 247's Clint Brewster wrote. "You have to be able to run! The VIPER linebacker has to be able to drop deep into coverage like a safety, and blitz off the edge like a defensive end. They have to be able to sit down and hold their own against the run, as well as cover the tight end or slot receiver."

The three-star prospect is currently the 31st-ranked player in the state of Ohio for the 2019 class.