Seeing Michigan Stadium on television instead of in person just doesn’t allow one a full appreciation for its enormity. At least that’s what most that have actually been there say. Add 2016 Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic standout Terrance Davis to the list visitors the feels that way. The four-star lineman made his way to Ann Arbor for the spring game a few weeks back and now knows firsthand why the Wolverines’ home field is called the Big House.
“That spring game and the Big House are definitely probably on top right now,” replied Davis when asked to rank his visit experiences. “It definitely exceeded my expectations and my expectations for the Big House were pretty high going in knowing that that’s the biggest college stadium in the world.”
That, though, was but one of the many experiences that made his time on Michigan’s campus so memorable. The numerous positive interactions he had set a very high bar for future suitors to meet.
“Coach Harbaugh is a great guy,” Davis said. “I loved meeting him. Right before the spring game he sat down and talked to me and my family. We had a great talk. His energy is pretty high. Coach Drevno is pretty high on me. He is recruiting me heavily right now. They said whatever (position) I’m needed at the most, that’s where I’ll play. I got to meet his family and see what he is about, and he is a great guy as well. I got to sit in the meeting room and it’s very professional in there. I like how he gets through to them, but he doesn’t have a foul (approach) where just screams at them. But he still gets the message across. I like that about him.”
“We got to sit down and talk with Ms. Shari (Acho) and she really impressed my mom with the M-PACT (Michigan Professional and Career Transition) program they have there that they use for all of their players. My mom was really blown away by that.”
All told the Maize & Blue met much of the criteria Davis will use to pick a school and etched in stone a place on his official visit list.
“I’m going to try to schedule so I’m back there when they play Ohio State in the Big House,” he said. “I’m probably going to come out with a top ten soon. It’s going to come down to education, big time football, and a family atmosphere where I feel like they’re there for me and not just for what I can do on the football field… and that they’re there for my well-being and they actually care about me.”
UCLA and Alabama are two others that are sure to make the cut and will definitely receive official visits. Another consideration that could play a role in determining his leaderboard is what some of his highly-recruited teammates think about the programs on his list. The DeMatha Catholic stars have a number of suitors in common and frequently discuss the possibility of attending the same school. Davis recently had that very discussion about the Wolverines with new Michigan offer recipient, 2017 running back Anthony McFarland.
“Anthony was pretty excited when he got it because I told him about how good my visit was and how good Coach Harbaugh was in person,” said Davis. “He was pretty excited so we talked about that for quite some time after he got the offer. He is definitely going to visit.”