Equaling the excitement of Clark Yarbrough’s first Michigan visit last month was going to be a tall order for the Maize & Blue coaching staff, but at last weekend’s Barbecue at the Big House they were able to do just that.
“It was awesome,” said Yarbrough. “I had a great time. Last visit my family and I were the only people there and it was more of an evaluation day and it was nice coming in to this visit knowing that I already had an offer and they wanted me.”
“My little brother and my dad went with me. I had a great day in Michigan. I’m really looking forward to going back to the Penn State game.”
There’s a good chance that many other Barbecue attendees will also be present for that night match-up with the Nittany Lions, including a few linemen that he forged a bit of a connection with.
“A few of the guys I spent time with were Ben Bredeson and Michael Jordan,” said Yarbrough. “They definitely kept the 2016 O-linemen together so that we all got to talk. I spent a lot of time with Ben talking about where we are both at in the process. It was just nice talking to someone going through the same thing that I am.”
If the purpose of putting the line prospects together last weekend was to cultivate thoughts of playing with one another, then mission accomplished.
“That was definitely the discussion,” said Yarbrough. “Bringing in a really good class full of lineman that would be something cool down the road. Yeah, it was something that we brought up.”
But while the “future teammate” seeds were effectively planted, they’re a long way from sprouting. For now what’s clear is the trip solidified the Wolverines firm standing in Yarbrough’s recruitment.
“I do not have an official list yet… I have a few schools that I’m interested in, but Michigan is definitely up there for me,” he stated. “I really like Coach Funk. He is an easy guy to talk to and he is very honest. I really appreciate that in a coach, being straight forward with me from day one. I like him a lot.”
Next on the docket for the rising lineman is a visit to another of college football’s power programs.
Said Yarbrough, “my dad and my brother and I are going to go out to Oklahoma Sunday and spend the day out there.”