2017 Ohio RB is Already on Michigan's Radar

Akron (Ohio) Archbishop Hoban 2017 RB Todd Sibley Jr. discusses his latest talks with Michigan, a possible visit to Ann Arbor, other schools of interest and more.

Ohio is known for its plethora of football talent throughout the state. And it's no different in 2017, as the Buckeye state has produced another big time prospect in running back Todd Sibley Jr.

Only a freshman, Sibley is already hearing from Big Ten powers Michigan and Ohio State among others. The talented runner stands at 5-foot-11, 199-pounds, and is self described "gamer" on the football field.

"I would say I am gamer," Sibley said on his playing style. "I am really enthusiastic. I'm a power type of runner. But I can survive on my speed. So advise the defense not to sleep on me. … I'm just a gamer. I love the game. I leave it all on the field."

His unique playing style has drawn the interest of the Michigan coaching staff. Sibley says he caught the attention of the U-M coaches with his superb freshman highlight reel.

"They are really interested in me," Sibley said. "They like my size as a freshman. I am one of the very few large freshman. I get mistaken for upperclassman all the time. They really like my highlight tape. They said they will be recruiting me hard in the future. So I am looking forward to it."

Sibley, who stars for Akron (Ohio) Archbishop Hoban, is no stranger to the Wolverines and has already been on a campus visit to Ann Arbor this past winter.

"I visited Michigan a few months ago," Sibley said. "I loved the visit. It was really cool. I would definitely would like to see the football environment again. I would really like to see that again. I just like how everything really was. I like the Big House, it's the greatest thing in the world."

Michigan holds its annual football camp this June. Sibley says he plans on attending. He also noted he will be visiting Ohio State, Michigan State, Florida State and Cincinnati this summer.

Being a native of Ohio, Sibley admits he grew up rooting for the Buckeyes. But now that he is starting his recruitment, he is keeping an "open mind' when looking at different schools.

"Because I was from Ohio, I rooted for Ohio State," Sibley admits. "I never really had anything against Michigan. So I am keeping an open mind so far."

When it's all said and done, Sibley said he is just looking for a school that fits him best.

"I am looking for whatever school fits me the best education wise and football wise," Sibley said. "Definitely education, that's what comes first. What school fits me more. What school do I think I will have the most success at. And what school I think will help better my future."


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