Ohio 4-Star TE Enjoys Michigan Visit

LaGrange (Ohio) Keystone High '15 TE C.J. Conrad visited U-M on Saturday, is a offer on the horizon? Will he camp at Michigan this summer? Who is his leader? ***Read Inside***

LaGrange (Ohio) Keystone High 2015 tight end C.J. Conrad made his way to Ann Arbor this weekend to checkout a Michigan football practice and meet the coaching staff. And while he didn't leave U-M with an offer, he knows now what he has to do to get one.

"It was good," Conrad said on visit. "I got to talk with Coach Hoke, Coach Ferrigno and my recruiting coordinator, Coach Mattison. Basically what they told me was that they love my film and want to coach me live in person. So if I want to get an offer I am going to have to camp this summer.

"I might go to another spring practice. I am going to come up for a camp. They said they would come visit me in the spring to check me out and see how I was doing. They want to watch me workout."

At 6-foot-5, 205-pounds, Conrad compares his game to current U-M tight end Devin Funchess, who is more of hybrid WR/TE combo.

"Devin Funchess isn't much of a tight end anymore, he is more of a receiver," Conrad said. "He's more out in the slot and he doesn't really put his hand on the ground. And that's really where I fit. That's really what I got the comparison to."

Conrad continued: "I am more of a receiver threat than anything. I just got moved to tight end from receiver this year. I definitely need to learn how to block better. I always can get better at that. but I am a big receiver threat, so I can go up and get the ball."

Currently, Conrad has offers from Arkansas, Akron, Bowling Green, Duke, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Toledo and Wake Forest.

"I like Kentucky a lot, they are probably my No. 1 school of the schools who offered," Conrad said. "The the other schools who haven't offered that I visited, like Michigan State is very interested. Ohio State and Penn State, I will be visiting all those schools coming up."

Conrad said he will be visiting Penn State and Ohio State the next two weekends. He said he is planning a trip to Michigan State sometime in April.

As far as what he is looking for on his visits, Conrad said:

"How I fit in the offense, that's a really big thing for me. Every tight end is different, and you just got to find that perfect match. Also, how the players and coaches interact in practice. That's sort of the cool thing about watching the practice live you see how the players get coached up."

Conrad said he would like to make his decision at the end of the summer before his senior season.


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