Sam Webb: I saw you at Michigan's spring game a few weeks ago Tell me what you thought of that experience
Tom Strobel: "It was pretty good, minus the rain and everything Everything went really well I got to talk to pretty much all the coaches I saw a little bit around campus, got a little tour It was really nice, a lot better than I expected "
Sam Webb: I know when I talked to both you and your dad a few months back, you were about to begin the process of gathering information on the academics at the schools on your list?
Tom Strobel: "I definitely looked at that for sure That is pretty much the #1 thing I look at, how their programs are academically… how their reputation stacks up against others "
Sam Webb: Did you get a chance to explore that while you were at Michigan?
Tom Strobel: "I had a really good tour I was on tour for a couple of hours I got to see everything I went to the academic center and the guy explained everything that they are about and what they do for their players and what not I got a really good idea "
Sam Webb: I take it during that visit, you really got a chance to go in depth with the coaches and get a feel for what their plan for you is?
Tom Strobel: "Yeah I am pretty sure they said at the five technique, basically just playing the end They would have another kid play the rush and having me playing end and that is pretty much what they thought "
Sam Webb: Just as important as that, did you get a better feel for what kind of guys the coaches are?
Tom Strobel: "Definitely To me they set out to be a standard to me They are really personable and they really made me feel at home when I was there That was really important to me and that actually stood out a lot I talked about football a little bit, but they really talked a lot about my family and a lot about what they do for their players and how they work things around there "
Sam Webb: Were there one or two tin particular that you spent more time with, and if so, what were your impressions?
Tom Strobel: "I spent a lot of time with Coach Mattison He was just at our school today But I sat down with him (during the spring practice visit) I sat down with Coach Hoke for a good 45 minutes, a long time with him It was really nice I spent a lot of time with all the coaches to be honest "
Sam Webb: Well lets talk about your time with Coach Hoke After your first experience sitting face to face with him, I'm sure you got a better feel for him as well?
Tom Strobel: "For sure He is a very determined man He definitely knew what he was talking about He was talking about his love for Michigan and I could definitely tell that he is there to win, but he is also there for the players too, to help them become better men, just better individuals I was all about him "
Sam Webb: So where are you in your recruiting process now? Are you going to wait to take official visits or are you going to try and get your decision out of the way before that?
Tom Strobel: "Ah geez, you know as much as I do (laughter) I'm probably going to try and take my official visit I really would like to do that Originally, I wanted to make it before the season, but I think it is going to be too tough of a decision without seeing places like Stanford and getting out to see the different places that are out there "
Sam Webb: What is your dad saying about all of this?
Tom Strobel: "My dad and I talk about football every day We talk about different schools and what we think about them, which at this point I will probably keep to myself We do the pros of the schools and cons of schools; we do just about everything We just talk football all the time I swear that's all we do "
Sam Webb: Do you have a list of schools that are sticking out for you right now?
Tom Strobel: "Not right now Soon coming up, if any more people offer, I'll probably start to narrow it down a little bit, but as of right now it is wide open "
Sam Webb: When do you think you are going to start trimming down your list?
Tom Strobel: "Probably sometime during the season I would assume Actually, I don't know I try not to focus on the schools, colleges during my season, but try to focus on playing football, but I would assume during the season some time "
Sam Webb: I know Ohio State was a school that you grew up liking How many times have you gotten a chance to make it over there in the past few weeks?
Tom Strobel: "I was just there last weekend and the weekend before that I was at Michigan State and Michigan "
Sam Webb: What are the odds are that you'll take further visits to Michigan or Michigan State?
Tom Strobel: "Being from Ohio, you're going to be biased towards Ohio State I have loved Ohio State Going to Michigan, I almost felt guilty, but it was really nice I really liked both the schools, Michigan and Michigan State It was really nice The options are wide open Oh yeah I'll be there again I'll probably be there pretty soon too, maybe a couple of weekends "
Sam Webb: Which one Michigan or Michigan State?
Tom Strobel: "Probably both "