Van Lanen Takes First U-M Visit

Bay Port (Wisc.) offensive tackle Cole Van Lanen recaps his Michigan visit, the first time he has visited Ann Arbor.

Michigan hosted one of the Midwest’s top offensive linemen in Green Bay (Wisc.) Bay Port junior offensive tackle Cole Van Lanen this past weekend and he recaps his time spent in Ann Arbor.

“It was fun and I had a lot of fun,” Van Lanen said. “I got to meet some of the staff and see some of the things around campus. I was with Coach Drevno most of the time, but I saw some graduate assistants and some other coaches. I also got to talk to Coach Harbaugh for 20 minutes, which was really fun.

“He was just telling me that I was a huge prospect and that they want me really bad and will do whatever it takes to get me there. He just really impressed me with the things that he showed me and told me. Overall, it was a nice trip.”

With many of the traditional powers like Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan State and more having already offered and now schools like Arkansas, Miami, Alabama, Oregon, Penn State and Oklahoma State reaching out recently, how does Michigan sit after this successful visit?

“Michigan is a great school for anybody to attend,” said Van Lanen. “It is a great program and I think Coach Harbaugh and the new coaching staff is going to do a great job if I go there or not. I’m interested for sure, but I don’t have a list quite yet.”

While the highly coveted four star 6-5, 270-pound tackle got to take in all the different sights and sounds surrounding the Wolverine program, he thought the highlight of his trip was his sit down with offensive coordinator Tim Drevno.

“Obviously the Big House was awesome, but what Coach Drevno did compared to other coaches is he literally took my film and showed me play by play what he likes about me compared to other people,” said Van Lanen. “No other coach has done that with me and that really impressed me. He also showed film of when he was with the 49ers and he put those guys film next to mine and showed me play by play what he was doing right, which is why he wants me so bad on the team and I thought that was awesome.”

Van Lanen is taking a break on visits due to track getting closer to states.

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