Josh Barajas ‘Honored' to Hear From Michigan

Michigan dropped by the school of 2015 Merrillville (Ind.) Andrean high school linebacker Josh Barajas recently. Barajas recaps his junior season, discusses Wolverines, plans for a visit, and more.

Michigan defensive backs coach Curt Mallory made it by the school of 2015 Merrillville (Ind.) Andrean high school linebacker Josh Barajas Wednesday.

Currently holding scholarship offers from Illinois and Purdue, Barajas’ says his recruitment with the Wolverines is in the infant stages but one he’s hoping develops into more.

“Really I didn’t have any contact (with Michigan) until Coach Mallory came in,” Barajas said. “That was pretty much the first time I heard they were interested in me.”

“It was awesome. It’s an honor for a program like that to be coming by to see me; I was really excited.”

In the heart of the Midwest, Barajas knows quite a bit about the football program, recently learning a little bit more about what the school as a whole can offer prospective student athletes.

“Michigan is a big time program,” Barajas said. “Coach Mallory came down to talk to my coach and I didn’t really know Michigan is such a huge academic school, so that’s good.”

The next step for Barajas will be an unofficial visit with the Wolverines to gain further familiarity with Brady Hoke and his program.

“They want me to come down for a visit in February,” Barajas said. “They want me to get to campus so I can see everything and maybe get one step closer to offering me and meeting all the coaches and everything.”

Barajas says he’ll “definitely” visit Ann Arbor in February.

As far as other visits on Barajas itinerary, the linebacker knows of three he’d like to get to, with several others under consideration.

“Not planned yet but I’m going to be going to a lot actually,” Barajas said. “I just got to get the schedules and everything together.

Michigan State, Michigan and Ohio State are my big three,” he added.

Standing 6-foot-3, 210-pounds Barajas had a stellar junior season statistically in helping lead Andrean to a championship crown.

“I had about 98 tackles, five sacks and two interceptions,” Barajas said. “We actually went 15-0 and won states with my team so that was really exciting.”

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