Michigan Looking Into Two-Way Lineman

Lake Forest (Ill.) Academy junior lineman Thomas Schaffer is hearing from tops schools -- including Michigan -- read about his recruitment and more inside.

MCCOOK, Ill. -- At 6-foot-7, 255-pounds, Thomas Schaffer certainly has the size to play multiple positions along the line of scrimmage at the next level.

The bigger question: is which side?

Listed as an offensive tackle, Schaffer possesses rare size, speed and athleticism that translate at both OT and DT, which has already earned him 18 offers to date. His top offers included: Oregon, Stanford, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Vanderbilt and Kentucky among others.

So top schools have clearly taken notice.

"I am definitely looking for fit," Schaffer said. "Like the people there. Because it's all about people. A facility is not going to be my friend for the rest of my life. Then, can I better myself on and off the field? Do they have the resources? Can they take care of me if I get injured? All of these factors."

Michigan is one school that has moved up Schaffer's list. This past week, the talented big man took in his first visit to Ann Arbor.

"I talked the recruiting coordinator and he introduced me to Coach Harbaugh," Schaffer said. "He looked at film as was like, 'I'm elusive enough to play tight end there.' Now, he didn't specifically talk about what position [they are recruiting me as]. But the O-line coach and D-line coach both talked to me. And they were both pretty excited about me being there. They just told me they really like me a lot. "I think we just need to stay in touch more, get to know each other and when the time comes -- I'll probably get an offer."

What would an offer mean? Well, pretty big Schaffer explains.

"It would be pretty big. Because Michigan is a prestigious college," Schaffer said. "It has a head football coach like Jim Harbaugh who played at Michigan, played in the NFL, coached in the NFL, coaches at Michigan. He's a good a guy. I like the coaching staff. It would be big for me and I would definitely consider going there."

As far as a decision timeline, Schaffer said: "In December after the football season and taking all of my official visits."


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