The Michigan coaching staff has made it no secret how valued offensive linemen will be in the 2012 class, one such linemen the Wolverines are hoping to add is Apopka, Florida center prospect Ty Darlington. The four star athlete has garnered offers from all over the country and has seen plenty of coaches throughout the spring evaluation period.
"I know recently Virginia Tech came by, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Navy, StanfordSo there are some teams recruiting me pretty hard and coming by school to watch practice and everything."
Included in that list of visitors are a few assistant coaches from the University of Michigan who have expressed just how big of a priority the Army All-American performer is.
"Coach Montgomery and Coach Funk also came by the school. They said they think I'd be a really good fit for what they do and that they'd really like to get me."
Carrying a 4.8 GPA, out of 4.0, Ty claims academics are a major priority when it comes to his college destination. According to the young man himself, the chance to compete at the highest level on the field will be a factor as well.
"Academics are one, and I want to go somewhere where I have a chance to win championships and compete at a high level. I really want to go somewhere where I feel comfortable with the players and coaches because these are the people I'll be spending the next 5 years of my life with. The relationships with especially the position coach will be important."
Considered one of the best linemen in the talent rich state of Florida, Ty knows what his strengths are as a center.
"Being able to move a little bit, I'm a little more athletic than a lot of guys. Just staying on blocks. I like to think I'm tenacious, not giving up and just playing really hard."
As far as when he'll be narrowing things down in his recruitment, Ty says he definitely doesn't want his decision to become a distraction.
""Pretty soon here I'll probably make a list or something like that but for right now. I was hoping to be able to make a decision before that but more and more it's looking like I'll probably end up taking a few officials -- hopefully in the early part of the season and not drag it out."
Whether or not the Wolverines will receive a visit from the four star prospect remains to be seen but the coaches are working diligently to make that trip a reality.
"I think I could definitely end up going up there for a visit at some point. I know they've been talking about getting me up this summer or for an official in the fall, so we'll see how that goes."
Ty Darlington looking for comfort
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