One of the many changes being implemented by Michigan’s new coaching staff is a more multiple defensive approach. That means the Wolverines will deploy a 3-4 alignment more often, which also means they need personnel that can play on the nose when called upon. The intent to fill that need has been made obvious by a few recent offers, including one last week to 2017 Bellaire (Texas) Episcopal defensive lineman Marvin Wilson. The scholarship for Michigan just one of the recent developments that have helped kick his recruitment into overdrive.
As a matter of fact they all came out of nowhere on the same day (March 10th). Of the three, Michigan may have been the most surprising.
“Coach pulled me out of class and wanted me to talk to the defensive coordinator from Michigan,” Wilson recalled. “I got on the phone and they said they loved my film and they loved on how I was working. They said they wanted me to be a part of their program. Michigan is looking real good right now with the coaching changes they made with Jim Harbaugh, the defensive coordinator from Baltimore Ravens and they’ve got big plans for next year.”
“That was the first time ever talking to Michigan. I was in shock.”
It’s yet another example of the Wolverine brass moving very quickly from evaluation to offer. Wilson’s 67-tackle, 15-sack, 16-tackle-for-loss performance on a team that won state championship clearly left them extremely impressed. Though still very early in this relationship, the feeling is definitely mutual.
“I know about the big coaching changes that they had and right now I’m liking the coaching changes,” he said. “Jim Harbaugh brought a lot of pro coaches. I like what they’re doing. I like how they’re changing the culture of football up there.”
“I got pretty cool, chilled laid back vibe (from talking to them), but at the same time they’re doing business. They are going to do something big this year and in the future.”
That clearly was a great first impression made by the Maize & Blue, but there is a long way to go to get to the top of his yet-to-be-determined leaderboard. Harbaugh & company hope to help their chances by getting the talented youngster on campus.
“They would like for me to come to the spring game or any time in the spring or summer just to come up and see the campus,” said Wilson. “I’ll probably get around there.”
“I went to A&M just (two weekends ago). When I go up to Michigan I’ll probably go to Tennessee and a couple other schools that I got offers just to see what is going on, see the campus, and things like that.”
There are a whole host of criteria he plans to evaluate in his travels, but there are two that he insists will have little to no bearing at all.
“(Distance) is not going to be any problem for me,” Wilson stated. “(Weather) isn’t either. When it gets cold out here, I walk outside with shorts and stuff just to prepare me when I make it to the league.”
“(I’ll evaluate) what is the coaching staff like… their demeanor. I’m not looking for coaches that are trying to win games. I’m looking for coaches that are trying to win championships. I’m looking somebody can help get my education and is concerned about the long term effects and not just the short term effects of football.”
The four-star standout plans isn’t going to rush the process of seeing which program best lives up to his standards. He plans to reach a final decision on Signing day 2017.