Scott-Emuakpor takes a look at Michigan

Efe Scott-Emuakpor grew up a Michigan State fan, but that didn't stop him from making his way to Michigan this spring. He chatted with GoBlueWolverine about his time in Ann Arbor, his thoughts on the coaches, and the criteria that he and no one else will use to reach his decision.

For Efe Scott-Emuakpor, his first visit to Michigan was not one to remember. The Wolverines played Michigan State last October - and lost. He was disappointed that he didn't have the opportunity to finish his trip to Ann Arbor on a more positive note.

"When Michigan lost we left the coaches didn't really want to talk," he told GoBlueWolerine, so we went home."

But the 6-foot-5 instate wideout made a return visit for Michigan's Junior Day on March 26th.

"This visit was much better than the last time I was here, because it was not a do or die situation -- no pressure, no drama going on."

With the atmosphere being much different this time around -- with it being no game and just coming up for a spring practice -- things turned out a lot different for Scott.

"When we came up, Coach Hoke went up to every family that was there and introduced himself to them. He was three minutes late and he apologized to us. Some places the coaches have a lot of swagger, but Coach Hoke and his staff were just really down to earth."

Efe had a chance to take in a practice an see what the Wolverines do on the field and how he would fit in with the offense.

"I noticed they were throwing deep, and with my height I found that to be very attractive. Coach Hecklinski told me they are looking to throw the ball deep."

With Scott looking to play early he really appreciated what offensive coordinator Al Borges had to say to him.

"I asked him if he would he start freshmen. He told me if a freshman outperforms a senior then he will be on the field on Saturdays. No politics involved -- best man plays. I enjoyed hearing that."

He was very impressed with some of the players that were out on the field as well.

"Devin Gardner looked good. The last time I saw him was in the Under Amour All-Star game. I can see that his arm is much stronger, he is bigger now, and he can make plays. Devin had a nice 50 yard run down the field. Gardner was really impressive. Denard was Denard nothing -- we had not seen before -- he just is flat out fast. The offense is more balanced. And the defense is taking the right steps. They look a lot better than before."

With Scott looking to play early he really appreciated what offensive coordinator Al Borges had to say to him.

"I asked him would he start freshmen. He told me if a freshman out performs a senior then he will be on the field on Saturdays. No politics involved, best man plays. I enjoyed hearing that."

Efe Scott-Emuakpor on this visit had a chance to sit and talk with the coaches and see what they had to say about Michigan.

"Coach Hoke was cool from the beginning for a head coach. But then I had a chance to talk to Coach Heck a little more than before, and he is real cool and down to earth. He was telling me how the new system is going to be run and how they are keeping some things in place for Denard. Coach said they don't have any receivers next year taller than 6'1-6'2 and Michigan needs taller receivers. I think I fit well with what they want to do on offense."

Efe has an interest in Michigan and he expressed why he is looking at them.

"Michigan's program has tradition. I see how Coach Hoke and his staff are running things up there as well as how the players are adapting to what they are learning. Everything I had heard about them has been on ESPN, and I just wanted to see it for myself. We run a pro-style offense in high school and now that Michigan does I have an interest in them."

With a decision coming in the near future Efe makes it a point to let everyone know the direction his decision is going in.

"It will be my decision where I go to school and what school I am comfortable with. It will not matter that I grew up here in East Lansing. I do feel there is pressure for me to stay and go to school here but I will find the best fit for me. It was never a situation where I didn't like Michigan. I just can't believe it has taken me so long to come up here. I really enjoyed my visit."

Wherever Scott goes one thing is certain he will not cave in to pressure. The decision he makes will be to the best school that fits what he is trying to accomplish with his life.


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