Funchess gets to know U-M teammates, recruits

The second of two Michigan commits from Farmington Hills Harrison, TE Devin Funchess, was on campus for his official visit. Funchess talks about spending time with other commits – and non-commits Grant and Kozan. *And he talks about a certain FHH teammate*…

Devin Funchess was able to get to Ann Arbor for visits throughout the 2011 season but this weekend the future Michigan tight end came to campus as an official visitor with nearly all of his future teammates.

"It was fun, cool, everybody was there," said Funchess about his weekend visit. "I just enjoyed everybody that came who I didn't really know and talked to as many people as possible."

With the wolverines hosting so many 2012 commitments, it gave Funchess the opportunity to get to know players outside of the state of Michigan.

"Kyle Kalis, Blake Bars and the recruit from Denver (Alex Kozan)," said Funchess.

Kozan, the three star offensive guard from Colorado, is new to Michigan's recruiting radar but a definite priority for the Michigan coaching staff. Funchess spent a lot of time with Kozan and the other uncommitted recruit on the visit, TE Sam Grant.

"He was enjoying himself. We were all together (during the visit)," said Funchess of Kozan. "We were letting them have fun, him and Sam Grant."

Grant, a mammouth 6'6, 235 pound tight end of out of Lakewood St. Edward high school in Ohio, had Funchess and teammate at St. Edward Kyle Kalis in his ear about joining them in Ann Arbor, but it turns out Grant was blown away by what Michigan has to offer.

"Yeah I did (talk to Grant about committing to Michigan). He was enjoying himself and when they got back to dinner on Saturday he was amazed by all of the facilities we have," said Funchess.

While spending some time recruiting for the wolverines on the visit, Funchess did spend some time with the Michigan coaches to find out how he'll be used and what he'll need to do to get on the field right away.

"I talked to them all," said Funchess. "They said I have a high chance of playing early, I just need to come in, get settled in fast, get used to the speed and will have to prove myself on the field. They just told me that in the red zone I would probably be split out and I'll mostly be at the H back my first year."

Earlier in the recruiting year it appeared Michigan could possibly pull off the trifecta at Farmington Hills Harrison by reeling in, now MSU WR commit, Aaron Burbridge. Could there still be some interest in the Wolverines from Funchess's teammate?

"That's probably hearsay. I haven't really talked to him about college or anything or switching over to us because I just want to let him live his life and not push anything on him," said Funchess. "Me and Mario are probably going to ask him again if he's a full 100% to Michigan State."


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