When football coaches talk about wanting size in the trenches, most refer to the 6'6 300 pounders that pave pathways for 1,000 yard rushers. When it comes to Class of 2012 Blue Earth, Minnesota offensive tackle Jonah Pirsig, he doesn't just clear a path, he creates his own road.
"We ran the ball really well," recalled the huge lineman. "Our running back had almost 1300 yards so that was a big deal for us. Our season went pretty good too, we lost in the first round the last 2 years so getting past that first game was nice for us."
Being the anchor of a strong offensive line has gotten this talented prospect noticed by college football coaches all over the country, including the University of Michigan.
"I think it was a week and a half ago (that the Michigan offer came)," said Pirsig. "I can't really remember the conversation other than them letting me know that I have a scholarship to Michigan.
Upon receiving the good news the Pirsigs decided to dedicate a weekend to visiting a few Big Ten schools. Friday they stopped in Ann Arbor and the Wolverines made a significant impression.
"Before I got the offer I never really knew too much about them or anything of that sort," Pirsig stated. "We just left (Friday evening) and it was a great time. That was the first time we'd ever been to Ann Arbor so getting to see the big house and seeing all of the real nice facilities there was pretty cool. I really like the coaches a lot. Brady Hoke seems like a real good coach and a real nice person. Other than that we talked to Coach Funk, we were with Coach Heck a lot of the time, and we had an academic meeting. They have state of the art facilities and everything. That just tops it off I guess."
"I can definitely say I left there with a good feeling of them bringing back that championship way of football they had there and that it would definitely be fun to be a part of that."
With a decision still a ways away for the senior-to-be, visits to other schools are still in the works. So too, though, is a second visit to Ann Arbor.
Said Pirsig, "I think I'll either come up for a game or maybe for a camp during the summer but I'll definitely be back there."
At this stage of his recruitment news of the return trip is an extremely positive sign.
"I'm probably going to start the process of elimination here pretty soon… maybe this summer," he said. "I don't really have a timeline yet."
While Pirsig doesn't know which school he'll pick or when, he does have a general idea of where that school will be.
"As long as I stay in the Midwest," the Blue Earth star stated. "the farther (away) I go in the Midwest it'll be a factor, but the Midwest is still very accessible for my family. They've said wherever I go in the Midwest I'll feel pretty close to Blue Earth, my hometown."