U-M Freshman-Sophomore Day Recap

GoBlueWolverine caught up with a number of today's visitors including offer recipients Josh Myers and Liam Eichenberg. We also touched base with 2015 Dallas (Tex.) South Oak Cliff safety Prentice McKinney, who moved the Maize & Blue up his list significantly after receiving his offer Sunday night.

Michigan's first big visit day of the New Year made quite an impression on the 20-plus underclassmen in attendance in Ann Arbor Sunday.  There was also an upperclassman present... surprise visitor, Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech RB Mike Weber.  The four-star prospect was on the receiving end of a great deal of attention from Brady Hoke and new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, and heis expected back in Ann Arbor next weekend. But his presence was just one of the day’s highlights.

Michigan joined Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and Kentucky in offering 6-5, 275-pound Miamisburg, Ohio freshman offensive lineman Josh Myers

“We were thrilled with the visit and thrilled for Josh to get the offer,” Myers’ father said Sunday.  “It was amazing.  I thought the entire staff was very friendly and very welcoming.  I thought that what you saw was what you got.  My wife and I were incredibly impressed with the entire staff.”

“It was a great feeling (to get the offer),” Josh later added.  “I was caught off guard. I was really excited about it.  I really liked (Coach Funk).  He is a really nice guy. He presented the family attitude they have at Michigan.”

One of Myers’ fellow Ohioans was also on the receiving end of an offer. 2016 Cleveland St. Ignatius offensive tackle Liam Eichenberg added the Wolverines to his scholarship ledger. 

“I loved the indoor facilities,” Eichenberg said.  “I loved the weight room and the indoor field.  That was amazing! I liked the indoor field a lot better than (some other places). I spent a lot of time with (Coach Funk).  He was a welcoming guy. He seemed like a good guy.  I liked him a lot. With (Coach Mattison) it felt like I was talking to more like a friend than college coach. It sort of made me feel more welcome at Michigan.  Michigan seemed a lot like Ignatius, I felt.”

Though long rumored to be a heavy Ohio State lean, Eichenberg insisted he currently has no favorites.

That was it as far as offers extended to today’s visitors, but that didn’t stop many other attendees from giving Michigan very high marks.

  • 2016 Midland (Mich.) Dow WR Michael Robb: “Actually it was really really impressive.  Their facilities and how they treated all of the recruits was really really nice.  I went with the tight ends and (Dan Ferrigno) told me with me they’d try to do a hybrid. Some formations I might be inside and some I might be split out. (Ferrigno) is a great guy.”

  • 2016 Mt. Pleasant (Mich.) WR Kalebb Perry: “It was good.  I liked it a lot.  I had a lot of fun. (Coach Hecklinski) said he liked my skill set.  He said I need to get a little bit bigger and stronger.  I liked (the facilities) a lot.  They was all really cool.  Waaay bigger than my high school!”  Perry will attend Michigan’s summer camp.

  • 2016 Wyandotte (Mich.) Roosevelt WR Donnie Corley: “It was good.  I talked to (Hecklinski) and he said he is impressed with my film.  He said I need to get a little bit bigger in the weight room.  Everything went good. It was a good connection (with Hecklinski).  He said he liked me and that he was really impressed.  I liked him.” Corley will also camp at Michigan.

  • 2017 Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary’s LB Josh Ross: “It was nice today.  Crisler Arena was rocking!  Even though Michigan lost it was still a nice place to be.  It was a great atmosphere.  The whole game I was talking to coach Hoke because we were sitting next to each other.  I liked the stuff he was saying.  It was all good. He didn’t really talk an offer yet, but I’m not even tripping about that.  He was talking about (things) outside of sports.”

Though not on a visit this weekend, Prentice McKinney was on the minds on the Michigan staff as evidenced by the offer he received Sunday night.  Stay tuned for a full update, but it’s worth mentioning immediately his leaderboard in the aftermath of tonight’s news.

“My favorites are Notre Dame, Oklahoma, (and) Michigan… but I like Michigan and Notre Dame,” McKinney stated.  “When they play each other that’s a really good game.  Those two schools… those are great academic schools and good football programs.  So they’re good on both sides.”

Back to visit news… GoBlueWolverine’s Kyle Bogenschutz caught up with a few attendees as well. Below are his notes.

  • 2016 Farmington (Mich.) high LB David Reese LOVES Greg Mattison. LOVES him!  He said that a huge part of his visit was talking to Mattison and his wife.  Said he could tell what a “Michigan Man” is.  Want to be a student athlete and feels Michigan provides that opportunity the best. The visit moved Michigan up with him.

  • 2016 Delaware (Ohio) Hayes LB Ethan Tucky really enjoyed himself, and especially enjoyed all of the personal interaction with the coaches.  Dad was very impressed with the presentation on preparing for life after football.  Says Michigan is “up there” as far as where this visit ranked compared to others.  Plans to camp at Michigan in June.

Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for full features on all the aforementioned prospects and all of the other attendees in the days to come.

For a list of all of the confirmed visitors, click here.

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