Columbus Ohio (Walnut Ridge) DE/TE Austin Traylor and his mom arrived in Ann Arbor early Saturday morning for his official visit. They had a chance to look at the campus and talk to the U-M academic advisors. "They have a nice campus," Traylor told GoBlueWolverine. "And the academic part was nice. My mom really enjoyed the educational part of the presentation."
As game time approached the excitement begin to build for Austin, regarding having
the chance to see the Big House.
"I really like the stadium there," he said, "and the crowd. I didn't know that Michigan had
the record for most people attending a football game."
After the game Austin was curious about how he would fit in with the players.
Fortunately, those concerns were answered.
"My host was Patrick Omameh. We went to his apartment and we were with some of the
players. I talked with Patrick about why he chose Michigan, and he said it was
the place for him. I also talked with Denard Robinson. He asked me who was my
favorite team and I said Miami. He said, 'Well, Michigan is the real 'UM'.' Denard
told me how much he enjoys being at Michigan; he is a real cool guy."
Hanging around the players meant a lot to Austin.
"I liked hanging with the players. We talked and had a good time together. They are
As always, every recruit has to have a Mike Barwis moment -- and Austin had his.
"Man ,that Bawris is crazy," Austin said laughingly. "I mean he has high energy,
he gets really excited. He talked with me about how weights are used, and how he can help me
become a better football player."
He had the opportunity to speak with his recruiting coach and others.
"Coach Tall is recruiting me, and Coach Braithwaite was there talking with me
about playing the defensive end position. He said I remind him of Craig Roh.
Both coaches were discussing where to play me on the d-line."
Of course, no visit is complete unless he talks with the head man himself.
"Coach Rod and I had some one on one time. He is a really cool guy. I like his
philosophy as coach. He told me to keep in touch."
Although none of the coaches are putting any pressure on Traylor to commit, there is
one Maize & Blue advocate that putting the hammer down on him to come to
Michigan ... and it's not his former-Wolverine cousin Robert "Tractor" Traylor.
"Trey Burke (Michigan 2011 commit in basketball) is a good friend of mine since
middle school," Traylor said, "and we hang out all the time. He wants me to come up there with
him. Every time we talk he is trying to work me to come to Michigan (laughing).
Trey tells me why I should me a Wolverine. He talks about me playing in the
stadium and him at Crisler, and us going to school together. So he is
recruiting me real hard to come up there."
With official visits to Wisconsin and Michigan behind him, Traylor is now
looking ahead to trips to West Virginia, Arizona and a third destination yet to
"I will have a decision either after all of my official visits -- before
Austin Traylor has a good time at Michigan
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