The raucous environment inside the Crisler Center Sunday aided Michigan significantly in its latest hardwood conquest of arch-rival Michigan State. It also greatly aided the football program in making a strong impression on the numerous recruits in attendance. It certainly had an impact on 2016 Traverse City (Mich.) West lineman Thiyo Lukusa.
“I had a great time,” Lukusa said afterward. “That was probably the craziest and probably my favorite sporting event by far.”
The game was the centerpiece to a day that began with an academic presentation and ended with the talented youngster getting the red carpet treatment from the coaching staff.
“I got a lot of one-on-one time with Coach Hoke, Coach Ferrigno, Coach Funk, and Coach Nussmeier,” recalled Lukusa. “It was fun to talk to all of them and listen to what they had to say. They’re (all) awesome, but it was cool to talk to Coach Nussmeier for the first time, and when I talked to Coach Hoke it was me, him, and my mom. He is just a good guy.”
Lukusa was similarly impressed with the players he interacted with, especially redshirt freshman lineman Logan Tuley-Tillman.
“Logan was like my escort for the day,” Lukusa stated. “That was awesome. He is a humble guy that exemplifies Michigan football. He sat right next to me during the game and answered all of my questions about Michigan football. It was fun.”
After soaking it all in the four-star sophomore was so impressed that he contemplated pledging his commitment to the Maize & Blue on the spot.
“I talked to my mom and to myself about what that really meant… committing. That means it’s over and the process is kind of done. I haven’t really seen that many schools. I haven’t seen enough of the other stuff to decide.”
“My mom really loves what they’re about, but she supports me in whatever I do. She is great at that and I love her for it.”
Lukusa’s memorable day in Ann Arbor made a return trip later in the week seem rather redundant. For that reason he may decide instead to go check out another campus.
“I might go down to Michigan State Saturday afternoon… maybe,” he said. “It depends on how my mom is feeling.”