De La Salle’s Wangler to continue family legacy and play football at Michigan, will suit up in All-America Game
Published November 18, 2013
WARREN — Warren De La Salle senior safety Jared Wangler will fulfill a lifelong dream next fall when he takes the field as a member of the University of Michigan football team after verbally committing to the Wolverines.
When that happens, Wangler, a Royal Oak resident, will continue a family legacy. His father, John Wangler, played for Michigan in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Jared’s brother, Jack, a 2013 De La Salle graduate, is currently a redshirt freshman at Michigan.
“It’s a dream come true,” said Wangler, one of 90 high school seniors selected to play in the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game, set for 4 p.m. Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. The game will be broadcast on ESPN. National recruiting analysts and talent evaluators from ESPN Scouts, Inc., select players for the team.
“I’ve been going to Michigan games since I was little, so to actually be a part of the football team there is amazing. It’ll be great to be able to play with my brother and continue a legacy my dad started.”
Following a Nov. 13 press conference where Under Armour officials presented him with his jersey for the Under Armour game, Wangler said he’s always wanted to play football at Michigan.
The De La Salle senior, who will move to linebacker next fall, did say he originally committed to play at Penn State University. Jared Wangler, joined at the press conference by his parents — Jack and Lorraine Wangler — and other family members, said he has the utmost respect for the staff at Penn State, but the opportunity to suit up for the Wolverines was too good to pass up.
“I’m a Michigan kid,” said Wangler, who earned Catholic High School League All-Catholic honors this fall. “And I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to play with my brother.”
The Michigan kid, a De La Salle team captain as a senior, is looking forward to playing in the All-America game. Prior to being presented with his jersey, he said he’s honored to be selected to play in the showcase. Jared Wangler also thanked his family, coaches and teammates for helping him along the way.
“I’m going to do my best to represent De La Salle in a great way at the game,” said Wangler, who transferred to De La Salle from Royal Oak Shrine midway through his sophomore year.
Pilots football coach Paul Verska said Wangler, who also caught 19 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown this past season, will be a success at the college level.
Verska, who guided De La Salle to a 6-4 mark in 2013 and the program’s seventh state playoff berth in eight years, said Jared Wangler has done a good job of representing De La Salle on and off the field.
De La Salle president Brother Thomas Lackey spoke highly of Jared Wangler, saying the senior brings more to the table than his athletic prowess.
“Jared has been a great student,” Lackey said. “He’s friendly, thoughtful and humane. When we say we’re ‘builders of boys and makers of men,’ Jared is what we speak of.”