Akingbulu: 'It was a Great Visit' to Michigan

Habor City (Calif.) Nathanial Narbonne junior offensive tackle Alex Akingbulu came away impressed after his Michigan visit. Where do the Wolverines stand in his recruitment? Find out inside.

Habor City (Calif.) Nathanial Narbonne junior offensive tackle Alex Akingbulu made the cross country trip to Michigan to see what its football program has to offer. And after spending a day on U-M's campus, the four-star standout "reaffirmed" that Michigan is definitely one of his top schools of interest moving forward.

"It was really great," he said. "I loved the whole city type aspect of it. It was like a little town. It was great visit. The stadium was amazing. It was big. Just breathtaking. I loved all the coaches and all the staff. They are great people.

"Just going to Michigan reconfirmed how I felt for Michigan. It is one of my top schools definitely. They are definitely up there with them and UCLA. Me visiting gave me reassurance on how great this university is."

While Michigan is far from home, Akingbulu says the move wouldn't as much of a struggle due the fact that his aunt and cousin live in a nearby suburb of Detroit.

"I can see myself in Michigan," he said. "Especially since I have family here. I mean, family aspect is a big difference. If I didn't have family here it would be more of a struggle to move to a different place. Since I have family [in Michigan], it wouldn't be that bad of a difference. So with the family aspect, I could see myself coming to Michigan."

At 6-foot-6, 265-pounds, Akingbulu fits the mold of an athletic lineman that offensive coordinator Tim Drevno covets in his system. In fact, Drevno and Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh made it a point that Akingbulu could come in and compete for playing time right away, Akingbulu says.

"I talked to Coach Drevno the most. I also talked to Harbaugh a little bit," Akingbulu recalled. "It's just a great school to come to. They have three senior lineman. The time I would come in, it would be a perfect time for me. I love the atmosphere. I have family here. It would just be a great environment. They are trying to win a championship. They feel like I would fit right in to get that championship."

Drevno even compared Akingbulu to a former All-pro he coached when he was with the San Francisco 49ers.

"He compared me to Joe Staley," Akingbulu said. "He feels like I can fit right in to the type of offense that they run with my athleticism."

As far as his conversation with Harbaugh, Akingbulu says his talk with the Michigan headman couldn't have gone any better.

"Talking with Coach Harbaugh was crazy," Akingbulu said. "He's a really nice guy. It seems the reputation people give him is not true. That negative reputation. But I feel like he's a really nice guy. He let me know that he really loves football. His message was that football makes boys into men. It was a great experience talking to him."

Upcoming, Akingbulu says he plans on visiting UCLA and California. He also noted, he plans on making his final decision sometime during his senior football season.

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