Michigan is in search of a quarterback to kick start what could be a very strong 2016 class headed to Ann Arbor.
It appears Jim Harbaugh and Michigan have zeroed in on 2016 Santa Margarita (Calif.) Catholic four-star quarterback K.J. Costello.
“I’m trying to go to Michigan,” Costello said. “The next couple weekends are booked cause of the Elite 11. I wanted to go this weekend so we’re thinking about trying to go out during the school week but I don’t know if I’ll be able to miss school.
Right now we’re trying to figure it all out with my parents and the coaches cause my dad has to work too.”
Currently 6-foot-5, 220-pounds, Costello is rated as the No. 4 overall quarterback in the nation.
A recruiting process that first began under the previous coaching staff led by Brady Hoke, Costello visited Michigan over the summer, leaving with a scholarship offer.
This time around, Costello is looking forward to seeing the program under new leadership before coming to a decision.
“It’s huge,” Costello said. “I loved the school when I visited in the summer last year. I didn’t know where everything was going with the coaching staff.
“Now that they have that unbelievable coaching staff out there with Coach Harbaugh, Coach (Jedd) Fisch, and now Coach (Tim) Drevno, I’ve got to visit. It’s a big time staff out there.”
Asked whether or not he feels close to really narrowing down his list and making a commitment, Costello replied very matter-of-factly.
“I do, yeah,” he said. “I’ve been through a lot for a year and two years. I was blessed and fortunate enough to start it early.
“I’m starting to narrow things down, make a decision, and get ready for my senior season.”
Very focused on Stanford, USC and Michigan, Costello is already attempting to envision a future at all three institutions.
“Absolutely, I think all three of those schools I can see myself playing at no problem,” he said. “They’re all unbelievable opportunities and schools.”
At the end of the day, one school will have to separate itself from the pack in order to secure a verbal commitment from the four-star talent.
Exactly how Costello plans to do that involves a multitude of factors on and off the field.
“It’s not just one thing, there’s multiple things that go into it,” Costello said. “They all fit the criteria of what I’m looking for in a University. Everything I’m looking for, they’ve all got it.
“You can’t really go off best relationship with coaches cause they leave so often but it is part of it. I’ve visited campus and going to Michigan one more time will be important. Just seeing where I feel like home is.”