Vilain Impresses at SMSB, Talks Michigan

2017 Lester B. Pearson (Ontario, Can.) defensive end Luiji Vilain had a strong showing recently at Sound Mind Sound Body. Vilain discusses his performance, interaction with the Michigan coaching staff, upcoming visits, and more.

Physically one of the most well put together student-athletes in attendance at last weeks Sound Mind Sound Body at Chandler Park (Mich.) Academy, 2017 Lester B. Pearson (Ontario, Can.) defensive end Luiji Vilain caught the eye of several coaches in attendance.

Already standing 6-foot-3 and 230-pounds, Vilain displayed good speed off the edge despite being a very raw prospect from a technical standpoint.

“I think I did really well,” Vilain said. “I got some nice feedback from all the coaches. Overall, I think I did really well.

“The coaches really helped with the basic stuff like my hands, all that.”

Asked to best describe his game at the defensive end spot right now, Vilain didn’t mince words.

“My speed is definitely my strength,” he said.

With coaches from all over the Midwest in attendance at Sound Mind Sound Body including some from Michigan State, Ohio State, Illinois, Minnesota, Penn State, among others, Michigan’s coaches took the time to speak with Vilain personally.

Admittedly unfamiliar with the Wolverines’ program on a detailed level, Vilain is impressed with what he knows to this point.

“I’ve been in contact with Michigan for about a year now,” Vilain said. “I feel like they really like me and they want me to come down to visit.

“I just know that they’re a really good program. Football and history wise and academics.”

Schools in regular contact with Vilain’s coach include Rutgers, Syracuse, Penn State, Michigan State, and Minnesota; Vilain has a few visits in mind in the near future as well, including a trip to Bloomington.

“Probably Indiana,” Vilain said. “I’m hearing a lot from Indiana too and I really want to see Indiana and Minnesota.”

Following his unofficial visit to Ann Arbor, Vilain’s mentor Victor Tedondo told GoBlueWolverine’s Sam Webb the visit was special for he and his teammates Patrice Rene and Jonathan Sutherland.

“It was exciting,” Tedondo said.  “I brought Michael O’Connor over there a couple of years ago, and the type of welcome Luiji received today compared to Michael… it was two different stories. Brady Hoke was there… it was different. 

“All three kids felt special.  They really felt special.  One of the things the coach are really excited about is them going to Episcopal high school because of the academics. When they found out the kids were going to Episcopal, that was a bonus.  That’s going to help prepare athletically and academically.”

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