The Wolverines have been on quite the recruiting roll in recent weeks, racking up a number of highly rated prospects from both Michigan and Ohio respectively. The run has been so impressive that even the recruits themselves are talking about it. Among the Maize & Blue targets that have definitely taken notice is Toledo Whitmer standout, Chris Wormley.
"There are so many big time names (on Michigan's commitment list)," he said. "Congrats to Michigan for getting all those good recruits. I think it is a positive. It's just better competition if I was to go there. Better competition for me to get the start, rotate, or whatever. I definitely think it is a positive for the Michigan program."
Another positive for Michigan is the active role many of its commitments are taking in the recruiting process. The future Wolverine that has made luring Wormley into fold his personal project is Kaleb Ringer.
"It has just kind of sparked up now," said Wormley of his contact with Ringer. "He messaged me on Facebook and told me that he had to talk to me about something important, which was obviously me going to Michigan. I always talk to him on Facebook and Twitter and text him and stuff. Me and him are kind of building a friendship."
That Michigan coaching staff likely sees that as a welcome assist to the full-court recruiting press they'd already deployed. Whitmer was one of the first stops Brady Hoke made when he hit the recruiting trail in the weeks after he was hired. In addition, defensive coordinator Greg Mattison and defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery have made it to Whitmer a number of times dating back to the winter, and then again during the spring evaluation period. Meanwhile Wormley has forged a strong rapport via visits and Facebook interaction with director of player personnel, Chris Singletary. Collectively they've made it a point the let the four-star lineman know that even with all the recruiting success they've had, he remains a major priority.
"They said that their defense is coming together and all they need is the defensive end," reported Wormley. "They have the two what they call the rush ends that verbaled last week. They are telling me they still need that defensive end."
That strong sales pitch has made Wormley think a lot more about Michigan lately. Also on his mind, but for a different reason, has been longtime co-favorite Ohio State. The rampant speculation about the future of the perennial Big Ten power and its beleaguered coach has certainly given this Buckeye State star pause.
Admitted Wormley, "If all that stuff comes down and they are given probation, lose bowl games, scholarships, and coaches getting fired… then that definitely is a big factor that I would take into consideration."
With the momentum trending in opposite directions for these storied rivals, Wormley says the tie that they've been locked in at the top of his list was recently broken.
"As of right now, I think Michigan is #1," he said.
While that is clearly an enviable position for the Maize & Blue, Wormley insists that battle isn't over. He still wants to take at least one more up-close look at both programs in the coming months before reaching a final conclusion.
"Hopefully I can get up to Michigan after track and down to Ohio State too… and see where they are at and everything," Wormley stated. "I want to sit down and talk to them and let them know where I am."
"I think my decision is going to have to come down pretty soon. I think I have a pretty good decision (in mind). I haven't made my mind up (completely) right now. I'm waiting to find out 100% what I want to do."
Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for more on Wormley in the coming weeks and months.