Michigan football utilized a late primetime basketball tip Tuesday night to host several of the top recruits in the state of Michigan in the 2016 class.
One student-athlete at Crisler Center was 2016 Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech lineman Michael Onwenu who enjoyed the local feel in Ann Arbor.
“Michigan made it happen,” Onwenu said. “They must’ve called my coach and it was really like an in-state deal, just for us.”
With the first month or so on the job investing heavily in the 2015 class leading up to and even after signing day, Michigan’s most recent focus has shifted to the 2016 class.
Despite multiple stops from assistant coaches at Cass Tech, Tuesday provided the first opportunity for Onwenu to meet the entire coaching staff, specifically Jim Harbaugh.
“I hadn’t met Jim Harbaugh before,” Onwenu said. “They came to the school about twice. My impression is, well I talked to Coach Harbaugh but I talked to the new offensive line coach and defensive line coach too. We all sat down and we were in his office watching film on all of us.”
Onwenu is a 6-foot-2, 350-pound two-way player for Cass Tech.
“We were talking about life, the NFL and seeing that (Coach Drevno) came from USC but was also with the 49ers.”
“They were debating the whole night,” added Onwenu. “He was like if you’re on offense he’s going to be the one that beats you.”
Onwenu says he doesn’t have a preference which side of the ball he ultimately ends up playing on at the college level.
Either way, Tuesday’s visit helped Michigan’s chances in Onwenu’s recruitment.
“I’m interested right now,” he said. “I’m warm and I’m liking the new staff.”