Wolverines Check-in on '13 OT Sorenson

The Michigan coaching staff continues to visit talented prospects all across the country. This time the school of 2013 four-star OT Riley Sorenson from Santa Margarita Catholic HS (CA) got a visit from a Wolverine assistant coach.

With just a few more spots remaining in Michigan's 2012 recruiting class, Michigan coaches have been able to visit some of the top players in the class of 2013. Offensive line coach Darrell Funk has been among the busiest, making his way out to the West Coast to check out Santa Margarita, California four-star offensive tackle, Riley Sorenson. After stopping by the youngster's school, Funk was able to chat with the talented lineman via telephone.

"I talked to Coach Funk last week," said Sorenson on Coach Funk's visit. "We just talked about just general things. I liked him, I'd definitely be interested (in Michigan)."

It is often difficult to pluck talent from the West Coast with strong Pac-12 program hovering, but Sorenson insists he didn't have a favorite team growing up.

"Not really, not any college teams in particular," said Sorenson.

Despite not following a particular college football team as a child, when asked what he knew about Michigan the 6'5, 320 pounder had plenty to say.

"They have an excellent, excellent tradition there," he said. "They've really gone on a nice winning trend right now. Of course the Big House, there's nothing like it, and it's a really good college atmosphere."

Sorenson holds just one offer from SMU currently and hasn't been in constant contact with schools to this point, but the junior lineman already has an idea of what he's looking for in a program.

"I always look at the overall academics because that's always important," Sorenson said emphatically. "If you're not going to the next level then you always have to fall back on your academics so, that's important. Probably the football program (is something he'll look at), well of course the football program, and also see how the coaches are, how the players come together, the atmosphere on campus and the game atmosphere."

With his junior season not yet over (Santa Margarita Catholic takes on San Clemente in the CIF-SS Pac 5 championship this Saturday) Sorenson will look to take visits during the off season.

Looking at the decision making process of recruiting on both sides of the ledge, Sorenson isn't sure how patient he'll be when he selects a school.

"I think it would depend on where the whole process is by then," said Sorenson. "If you can get it done before your senior year that's nice because it's a lot less stress on you and you can just focus on playing. It's not that big of a deal though if it's after your senior season."

Despite his team's goal still hanging in the balance, Sorenson feel's he made significant progress this season.

"I really wanted to become a better run blocker, which I think I have," said Sorenson. "I've definitely met some of my goals strength wise as well."

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