“(The offer) pretty much came out of the blue,” Fries recalled. “It was very exciting to receive that offer. I talked to Coach Partridge about (in March) one time. Then (Thursday, April 23rd) Coach Drevno was on the phone and Coach Harbaugh and they offered me.”
Instantly Michigan became one of the programs he is most interested in, joining the likes of Rutgers, Penn State, and Northwestern. The Maize & Blue’ reputation is strong in the Garden State, as evidenced by the growing number of prospects showing interest.
“I think everyone (in New Jersey) is really high on Michigan,” said Fries. “Michigan is a great place and a good education, so definitely something people are talking about.”
“(The coaches) told me how much of a great place it is to live and I really want to visit very badly. I hope to get there soon.”
“I’m going there in the next month or two. That is my goal.”
When the 6-6.5, 280-pounder finally makes it to Ann Arbor there will be a few key criteria he plans to focus on evaluating.
“Education is definitely one,” said Fries. “Also being able to fit in with the other players and freshmen having a chance to compete and work hard.”
He’ll also be looking to see if the favorable impressions he has formed of the coaching staff over the phone and through social media contact matches up with what they’re like in person.
“I think (Harbaugh and Drevno) are both really awesome,” said Fries. “Coach Drevno seemed very fired up about me and that’s great news. Coach Harbaugh, he is a proven winner and excited to get to meet them in person.”
If that visit goes well it would put Michigan in strong position in a recruitment that isn’t slated to go the distance.
“I’m not going to wait until signing day,” Fries said. “I don’t want to do that, but we’re going to take our time with it.”