Wilcox Has ‘Great' Visit at Michigan

After getting a chance to take in the Wolverines and the Volunteers on recruiting visits in back to back weekends, freshman athlete Matt Wilcox is planning on returning to Ann Arbor for camp later this summer.

After a breakout freshman season at Wayne High School (Huber Heights, Ohio) put athlete Matt Wilcox on the map, the 5-foot-10, 184 pound recruit is receiving college attention. The most recent stop for Wilcox was at Tennessee, but he was also a visitor at Michigan late last month. This attention is largely the product of a successful season that saw Wilcox gained over 600 all-purpose yards with seven touchdowns.

"For me personally I really thought I had a good season," said Wilcox. "It was a big difference going from junior high to varsity high school. I think I did pretty good myself, but now I hope to improve for next year."

The majority of Wilcox's production came through the air in 2013 as Matt hauled in 34 passes for an average of 13.3 yards per catch. While Wilcox is a dangerous rusher, he notes that his versatility and build could translate well at running back. This flexibility has helped kick-start his recruitment as Wilcox looks to do much of his traveling with another underclassman standout from the state of Ohio.

"I think I'm going to go to some camps with Messiah deWeaver over the summer," said Wilcox. "I went up to Michigan with Messiah, then we went to Tennessee this past weekend and right after our playoff loss I went to Indiana."

During their trip to Michigan, the Ohio duo took an opportunity to sit down and talk with new Michigan offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier about what to expect from the Wolverines offense moving forward.

"It went very well," said Wilcox. "At first we just sat down and talked with the coaches – the new offensive coordinator and I also talked to the wide receiver coach. He mentioned trying to keep the offense more balanced between rushing and receiving. We talked about what a Michigan Man is and a lot of stuff. Then they took us on a tour and showed us the new construction they are doing and what they are adding on to the building. Then we went out onto the field and ate. Of course we went to the basketball game too. It was very pleasing. I loved the facilities."

While in Ann Arbor, Wilcox and deWeaver caught the Wisconsin – Michigan game, a battle that fitted the Wolverines with their seventh loss in a 75-62 defeat.

"It was the Michigan – Wisconsin game. The environment was good. At first it was a close game and the student section was into it. I was sitting down next to head coach Brady Hoke."

After his Michigan visit, Wilcox had a taste of what football at a division one program feels like. He then traveled to Tennessee in an effort to see how the Volunteers stack up.

"We got there for the second day of spring practice," said Wilcox. "Then we saw the weight room and took a tour of the facilities and we went to a basketball game as well. I noticed that Michigan's weight room had a couple more machines and stuff that I had never seen before. The weight room was a little bit better from my perspective. I also like how Michigan, where they added the new construction, they showed us a lot about Michigan's history that I didn't know."

With the quality of his Michigan visit fresh in his memory, Wilcox is planning on a return trip to Ann Arbor this summer with his sights set at impressing the Wolverines' coaching staff.

"I think I'm going to go to their one day camp this year over the summer," said Wilcox. "I definitely want to stay in touch with Michigan. That's one of my top schools."

In addition to camping at Michigan, the rising freshman is a possible attendee for camps at Tennessee, NC State and Florida State as well but final dates are not currently set.

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