Evan Boehm turned a lot of heads late last month when he decided to soften his verbal commitment to Missouri in order to take other visits. A litany of impactful events in and around the Tiger program suddenly caused him to rethink his pledge.
“Just everything that’s happened in the past month at the University of Missouri, like going to the SEC,” Boehm explained to ShowMeMizzou.com a few weeks back. “That weighs on me. Also, all of the kids who are leaving from Texas. And, there’s a couple of kids from around (Missouri) who are thinking about leaving.”
“I’m confused about what I want to do,” he later added “I just want to follow my gut, and right now, my gut’s telling me to open back up and take the visits that I need to take.”
The question before him now is what schools will he take visits to? He visited Auburn last weekend and will make his way to Missouri this weekend. Iowa, Kansas State, and Oklahoma are but a few of others that have also tried to get back in the mix. One of the latest programs to try to jump in on Boehm’s recruitment is the University of Michigan. The Wolverines made it clear very quickly that they would like a date on his official visit schedule.
“They did (stop by), but I still don’t know when I’m going to take a visit,” Boehm told GoBlueWolverine. “It’s definitely a possibility. I have three left.”
There are a few well known factors weighing in Michigan’s favor that make the Maize & Blue particularly appealing to the four-star prospect.
“With Michigan it’s the tradition, the atmosphere, the coaching staff, and the academics,” he said matter-of-factly.
An even bigger, but maybe lesser-known positive factor for Michigan could be the presence of Kansas City (MO) Park Hill DT Ondre Pipkins. Pipkins has been a willing participant in the recruiting processes of other talented players. It stands to reason that a fellow in-state star like Boehm would be an obvious target.
“He hasn’t started recruiting me yet, but I’m sure he will be in a little bit,” Boehm said laughingly. “He is one of my good friends. We talk and text all of the time, but he hasn’t said anything yet about Michigan.”
Now that Pipkins knows that his rival/friend is a potential teammate, it’s not hard to guess what the topic of their next conversation will be.