The Michigan coaching staff appears to be extending offers at a record pace so far this recruiting season. Those efforts have been especially pronounced in Ohio. That doesn't come as much of a surprise considering the wealth of defensive talent Buckeye State's 2012 class. One of the latest defenders to be extended a scholarship by the Wolverines is Akron Archbishop Hoban DE/OLB, LaTroy Lewis
"They offered me about three weeks ago," Lewis reported. "It was a little bit of a surprise. I was pretty excited. I was actually getting off the bus at my basketball game. It was a Friday night. My coach called me and told me."
As soon as the opportunity presented itself Lewis later placed a call to Ann Arbor and found himself even more thrilled than when he received the news about the offer.
"I talked to Coach Mattison," recalled Lewis. "He was just real excited to talk to me. He was excited about what Michigan has got to offer me. He really wants to get me up on campus. I plan to hopefully early to late spring. He didn't talk a whole lot about coming from the pros, but he did touch on the fact that he had been coordinating (the Baltimore Ravens). Pretty much everybody in America got to see that. All I know is he is the kind of defensive coach you want to play for."
That opinion isn't based merely upon one conversation or a glimpse at Mattison's extensive resume. This Michigan legacy recruit actually has access to a firsthand account of what it's like to play for the Wolverines' new defensive coordinator.
"I talked to my dad the next morning (after the offer) and he was happy that his alma mater had offered me," Lewis stated. "He told me to check it out. (Mattison) actually coached my dad when he was at Michigan. He said (Mattison) was tough. I definitely remember him saying that. But really we just talked about the school as a whole more than the football part of it."
Between dad's endorsement and the new offer, Michigan has improved its standing in Lewis' recruitment significantly. It now sticks out as one of his top offers. That said, his list of favorites is a bit more crowded.
"Right now I've got (offers from) Ohio State, Michigan and Cincinnati. Michigan is in the top six with Notre Dame, Ohio State, Florida, USC and Cincinnati. (A Notre Dame offer) was supposedly coming soon. I do not know (when exactly). I go out to USC soon. I want to get out there and see that. With Florida it sounds like (an offer) is coming soon also."
As his recruiting picture broadens, so too will the possibilities of which position he'll wind up playing on the next level. The 6-4, 230-pounder possesses good speed and great quickness for his size – traits which can be utilized in a number of different ways.
"Right now the position I'd play depends on what school I go to," he explained. "At some places I would be able to play a standup end, or even a pure down man like I am now. For other schools I'll be a SAM or WILL. There are other schools that want to see me at tight end."
That array of options makes analyzing depth charts a more cumbersome task. Still, it's something that he and teammate Greg McMullen are dedicated to doing.
"We've already been looking at (depth charts) for over a year -- probably a year and a half," said Lewis. "We're looking at what their recruiting list is looking like too -- who they're offering and who's committing. It is all coming into play."
Another factor that could into is whether the two youngsters will have the chance to be teammates in college.
"That's my best friend so we keep open the option to play together," said Lewis.
Michigan is among the schools offering that opportunity. Lewis believes his good friend is also interested in learning more about the Maize & Blue.
"He liked it," Lewis insisted. "Actually, I got a text from him before I even got the call from my head coach. He definitely liked (the Michigan offer)."
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Lewis in the weeks to come.