One of the earliest offers extended for Michigan’s 2013 recruiting class went out to Hudson (OH) LB, Ben Gedeon. Nicknamed “the Freak”, his standout performance at the Wolverines camp last summer made him a Maize & Blue priority. Since then 11 schools followed suit with scholarship offers, but a few have begun sticking out. While he is no longer claiming a definitive leader among the bunch, he is seems to be getting closer by the day.
One of the keys to further paring down that group of suitors is hitting the road for more visits.
“I made it to a few (visits during the fall),” Gedeon stated. “I went to the Michigan-Ohio State game, the Penn State-Alabama game, and the Ohio State-Akron game. My plan is after this basketball season ends to make the visits to the schools I'm really looking at.”
The Wolverines have been in contact with the Buckeye State star in recent days about the possibility of visiting Ann Arbor sooner than the aforementioned plan calls for. It’s an option he is currently considering.
“I think I can probably squeeze (in-season visit) in to a close school around here like Michigan or Ohio State,” he said. “Maybe on Sunday I’ll drive up (to Michigan) or on one of these weekends that we have free. I think that could definitely be a possibility of just leaving early in the morning and getting onto campus… mostly to Michigan and Ohio State. I think it's definitely a possibility.”
One of the topics that will surely be covered is how many spots the Wolverines have left for linebackers in their rapidly filling class.
“I keep in contact with Coach Mattison because he's recruiting my area,” said Gedeon. “I talk to him pretty often throughout the week. They haven't really told me (how many linebacker spots they have), but I know Michigan and Ohio state picked up a pretty decent amount of linebackers in the class above me. So I'm assuming (the number taken) will be three or under.”
The lower the number the tighter the potential squeeze in the respective recruiting classes. That, though, isn’t much of a concern for Gedeon since his decision timeline will likely call for him to make his choice in the not too distant future.
“Definitely right now I am planning on making a decision for my senior year,” he said. “I'm not sure when that'll be, but I know it will be before the season starts up. After I take a couple visits in the next few weeks I'll be able to narrow it down and be able to make a decision from there. Maybe late spring or summer time.”
“I am in contact with Ohio State as much as I am with Michigan,” Gedeon later added. “I talk to Coach Fickell quite a bit. Them along with Michigan I'll be visiting in the spring.”
On whatever campus visits he makes, a few key areas will receive thorough inspection.
“(Among the factors being considered is) first off, education,” he said. “Then I’m looking at the coaches, and then how comfortable I am with the other players.”
Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for more on Gedeon in the coming days and weeks.