On Thursday that list received an unexpected addition when he received a surprise offer from Michigan assistant Greg Mattison.
“I was never expecting this at all,” McCulloch said. “I hadn’t heard one word from them until coach Harbaugh got there. Coach Mattison told my coach that coach (Jim) Harbaugh said, ‘I want you there at 7:00 a.m. when (McCulloch) walks through the door. I want him to be the first offer. We need guys like him.’ He also compared me to Ray Lewis. I was like, ‘wow, that’s incredible.’”
McCulloch's excitement stems from his great reverence for the new man in charge in Ann Arbor -- Jim Harbaugh.
“He creates championship teams,” McCulloch said of Harbaugh. “I have been looking at his track record. And I am absolutely astounded that he can come in a flip a whole program around no matter where he goes on the collegiate level or the professional level.”
Now that the Wolverines have made formal their interest a big question is will the Texas standout return the visit favor?
“I am trying to get up there around spring break,” McCulloch said.
McCulloch said distance would not be a factor in his decision and noted his mother will visit him regardless of what school he attends. But what about weather as a factor? Cold weather to be exact.
“No sir, I love the cold,” McCulloch said. “I would rather play in the snow then 110 degree temperatures.”
No matter what the conditions are on the field McCulloch insists he plays the same way; hard and fast. He describes himself as an athletic linebacker who can play in space.
“I can break with my hands and have the ability to shed blockers,” McCulloch said. “And I can get into the backfield and create havoc for the passers. I can run sideline to sideline. I’m used to covering the slots, so anytime I’m out there they know they better do something or I’m going to take the ball.”
Off the field McCulloch was adamant about finding a school that will set him up for success for life after football. He says he knows Michigan can provide that.
“I know for my major, either pre-law or political science and a minor in business, they’re a good school to go to,” McCulloch stated. “And if I get a degree from there I’ll be pretty much (set), and I like that a lot. Then also they have a rich tradition. They win and they win big. I like that.”
That said, McCulloch admits he grew up a fan of the local Longhorns, and almost committed as soon as U-T offered.
“Of course, living in Texas I grew up a fan of Texas. My dad made sure me and brother are cheering for Texas,” McCulloch sai. “Of course being a teenager I want to jump the gun (on the Texas offer) but my parents said ‘let’s just go ahead and weigh out your options,’”
“I’m just now making up my schedule as I go,” McCulloch said.
As far as a decision timeline, spring is the goal as right now, McCulloch said.
“I was thinking if I was able to, I really doubt this will happen. But I was thinking the days of spring football game. I was thinking it could happen there,” McCulloch said. “But if not, it will happen late summer to early school year.”
Story by Josh Newkirk
Interview by Sam Webb