Luiji Vilain had already begun garnering recruiting attention prior to his standout performance at the Sound Mind Sound Body Academy a few weeks ago, but in the days since that impressive showing that attention has increased significantly.
“I think I did really well,” Vilain said modestly. “I think I moved well (and) in 1-on-1s I did well. I think overall I did pretty good. I got to be around some good coaches (from) Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Syracuse, Minnesota, (and) Rutgers.”
The Wolverines didn’t join Rutgers and Minnesota on Vilain’s offer list, but they made clear their strong interest when they welcomed him on a campus visit after Sound Mind Sound Body.
“(Michigan) was very big,” he stated. “I really like the fact that the coaches came out and greeted us. Almost all the coaches were there. Mostly (his interaction) was with Coach Mark Smith and then after that it was Coach Ferrigno and Coach Mattison. I got a chance to speak a lot to all three though. We had a chance to see all of the facilities which were great. Overall, I was blown away.”
According to Vilain’s trainer and mentor Victor Tedondo, Vilain was given a very strong indication that a Maize & Blue offer is in his future. It was even stronger than the ones given to fellow Canadian visitors Patrice Rene and Jonathan Sutherland. That all three stand a good chance cast Michigan in a more positive light since they plan to attend the same college. They will have a dry run as teammates when they all transfer stateside to Alexandria (Va.) Episcopal high school to further their collegiate preparation.
“I’m going to stay one more year to put on a little weight, get better with my technique and speed,” said Vilain. “I’ll be joining them down at Episcopal a year later.”
In the meantime the 6-4.5, 230-pounder will try to keep track of all the new suitors coming his way. With three years of high school left he has plenty of time to sort them out.
“I don’t plan on naming any leaders for a while,” he said. “I’m just trying to start a relationship with each and every one of them.”
“I plan on committing on national signing day or at the Under Armour game. The biggest factors (in the decision) will have to be coaches, how I fit into their defensive scheme, how many defensive ends are ahead of me, and the academics for sure. (Academics are) #1.”