"Just how big the tradition was there, that was the main thing," he said on spring game visit. "How much it means to everyone. They had nice facilities. Their spring game was nice. I finally got to meet Coach Hoke, which is good. I also got to talk with Coach Nussmeier, which is good."
At 6-foot-4, 205-pounds, Hentges fits the mold of the big pass-cashing tight end that the U-M coaching staff covets. Moreover, he compares himself to current Michigan tight end Jake Butt.
"They do a lot of great stuff with Jake," he said. "Plus, (Coach Nuss) talked about all the things he did at Alabama. They are just really active and they are really evolved in the pass game, which I really like. You can tell they really prepare them for the NFL."
Hentges says he will most "definitely" be back for another visit to Michigan, this time with mom.
"I just want to spend some more time with the coaches," he said on his next visit. "I would like to see Ann Arbor a little bit. We really didn't get to see a whole lot of it. And see a little bit more of the campus too.
"I really wasn't able to look at the academic side either. That's probably something I would like to do when I get back up there."
As far as a decision timeline, Hentges says he will most likely make his decision during his senior season.