Recently taking trips to Michigan State, Wisconsin and a plethora of MAC schools, 2015 Northville (Mich.) four-star offensive lineman David Moorman made a return visit to Michigan Saturday for the Wolverines spring football game.
“I loved it,” Moorman said following his time in Ann Arbor. “I had went to a spring practice before so it was really similar to the spring practice I was at but it was kind of cool getting outside, being in The Big House, seeing all the fans watching.
“It was just; it was a really good day. I liked watching the offense and getting to talk to the coaches more.”
After a long, snowy winter in Michigan, Saturday’s sunny day and outdoor football practice, the first for the Wolverines this spring, served as an added bonus for Moorman and his family along for the visit.
For Moorman, the best part of the day came following Michigan’s 45-minute scrimmage.
“It was definitely my talks with Coach Funk and Coach Nuss at the end of the practice,” Moorman said. “Those guys are great coaches and I respect them a lot, especially Coach Nuss, coming from Alabama so I really respect his opinion and everything.
“They told me the 2015 class is really small number wise but they said I’m one of the top local guys or the top local guy they’re looking at so there’s a possibility that if they get some things worked out I could get an offer.”
Still holding offers from Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Toledo and Western Michigan, Moorman could be in line for more with strong showings in front of coaches this June.
Moorman plans to put his best foot forward in hopes of earning a scholarship in front of Michigan’s coaching staff this summer.
“They didn’t give me a timeline per se but they definitely want me to come to camp,” Moorman said. “I’m going to be there for one of the days during their five day camp and they said I’m going to be one of the first people they come see this spring.
“They have to look at the spring roster and see if some kids leave or things happen, so, I’ll probably have a better idea of a timeline when Coach Hoke and Coach Funk come visit me during the next recruiting period.”
Transitioning between offensive coordinators this off-season, Moorman’s relationship with Michigan’s new man in charge of the offense continues to develop.
“After the season ended I didn’t really get much contact from Michigan besides the winter period but as soon as Coach Nussmeier got hired it picked up a lot, I think it was after watching my film and I think he really liked it,” Moorman said. “So, so far it’s been good and he’s been open with me 100-percent.
“At spring practice we had a good conversation with him and my dad. I had my girlfriend with me on Saturday so he was asking her questions about me so, he’s just a really cool guy and you can tell why he’s a good recruiter and I think he’s a genuine guy.”
With just 15 practices to get up to speed on the new offensive system this spring, Moorman could tell the offensive linemen are learning on the fly, but noted he thinks the group could be better than people think this fall.
“You can tell it’s a lot different from the system that they’re used to,” Moorman said. “They’re still getting used to the new system and the blocking scheme but I think they’re going to be pretty good when the season comes around but, they’re pretty young.
“I know yesterday they had Mason Cole starting at left tackle after graduating early. They’re definitely young and they have guys with not a lot of starting experience like David Dawson and some other guys I remember seeing. I think they have a lot of potential, I like watching them play and with the right strength program I think I can be as big if not bigger than a lot of those guys so it was definitely cool to see them work.”
Moorman says he’ll visit Michigan State again soon, Illinois and others, along with a return trip to Michigan to check out the new renovations to Schembechler Hall.
Still in the process of gathering information and offers, Moorman does have a timeline for when he plans to make a decision, eager to know, once and for all, which schools plan to offer this summer.
“My goal right now is to be committed by the end of August going into my senior season,” Moorman said. “If everything goes well hopefully I can be committed by the end of July but realistically I don’t want to go past August.
“Hopefully June comes along and either some coaches will tell me it’s not going to happen or some schools will tell me they’re going to offer me. So, hopefully by the end of June I can have a pretty good understanding of what offers I’m going to have and hopefully I can make my decision pretty fast over summer.”