Erik Magnuson: "There's Nothing Like It"

The U-M commit from Encinitas (CA) gathered up his own money and took himself to Michigan's first night game against Notre Dame. GoBlueWolverine caught up with him to talk the experience, his relationship with uncommitted prospects and committed prospects alike.

The commit from Encinitas (CA) gathered up his own money and took himself to Michigan's first night game against Notre Dame. GoBlueWolverine caught up with him to talk the experience, his relationship with uncommitted prospects and committed prospects alike. The long trip from California to Michigan certainly takes time and money, which is why most prospects visiting east or Midwest schools utilize official visits to see their future schools for one time before actually enrolling. For Wolverine commitment, Erik Magnuson, he made his way to Ann Arbor on his own dime to see the Maize and Blue take on Notre Dame in the first night game in Big House history.

"I don't even know what to say," Magnuson told GoBlueWolverine. "Being in front of all of 115,000 fans and everything… it was crazy. It was good to see it live and to see this coaching staff work with the kids and everything. It was good to see it all first hand."

The pageantry and atmosphere of the entire evening was certainly at a fever pitch, and it's something that swept Magnuson up.

"It was something I've never experienced before. It was crazy. There is nothing else like it. I've been to a lot of college games. There's nothing else like it. I'm just excited to get out here and play and next year can't come any faster."

Earlier in the summer, there had been some speculation that due to new offers, Magnuson would look around and not be solid in his Michigan commitment. Paying for his own visit this weekend and having no interest in others puts an end to such speculation.

"I don't know why everyone's been saying that. USC offered me and blah, blah, blah, but it doesn't matter. I committed to Michigan for a reason. If I wanted to go somewhere else, I would have, but I feel comfortable there. I knew that was going to happen. This shows the rest of the doubters about me going to Michigan that they can shut up (laughter)."

Magnuson will return again this season, but this time on Michigan's tab.

"I'm going to take my official visit for the Ohio State game or after the season depending on what my schedule looks like. I'm going to look at all that pretty soon."

Magnuson joined a plethora of other Michigan commits in Ann Arbor on Saturday and got to spend time continuing to strengthen the bonds of this class.

"I know everybody that's committed, or I've talked to them at some point in time. I was with five or six of the guys at the Nike Opening camp and so I've got good connections and bonds with those guys and we've all got a great relationship so I think we're going to come in with great team chemistry."

Michigan also hosted four star wide receiver Jordan Payton (CA) and five star offensive lineman Zach Banner (WA) and Magnuson is friends with both, being from the West Coast.

"I'm boys with both of them. I hung around with both of them before the game, during the game and after the game. I got good feelings about both of them and if you went to a game like this and didn't want to come, there's got to be something wrong with you. I have good feelings and I think they both just want to see what their options are, but I think both of them will make that choice and I think Michigan is the right choice."

"I think for both of them going so far away they want to know people," Magnuson continued. "It's the same with me, and I'm pretty good friends with Zach and I've got a good relationship with Jordan too. I think that would be the hard part, going so far away from home, but I don't know if I can say anything on if they want to commit (laughter)."

In the meantime, Magnuson will continue on with his senior season, one in which he feels he's gotten better.

"We're 1-1 and we lost to a team we're better then but it happens and I think we have a chance to do really well this season if we stick together. I've been a lot better than last year and I've gotten better just from camps and watching film and talking to coaches and all types of things."

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