Norfolk (VA.) Lake Taylor junior offensive tackle Mike Carney is an intimidating figure to line up against. This massive road grader has become one of the state of Virginia’s hot commodities in the 2016 class, and Michigan recently stopped by to check him out.
“Michigan came by my school on Monday,” Carney told Michigan Insider. “They couldn’t say much because of the NCAA rules, but my coach said they said they are really impressed with my film and size.”
Now that he’s on the Wolverines’ radar the 6-4, 341-pounder is looking more seriously at a program he long admired from afar.
“I am very interested in Michigan,” said Carney. “I like the conference the Big Ten the most and I’ve always liked them as a kid growing up. I went to a game when I was younger when they played Ohio State at Michigan. The game atmosphere was like no other and that’s when I fell in love with them. I am planning on visiting them this summer.”
Now that Jim Harbaugh is at the helm in Ann Arbor, the mammoth lineman wouldn’t mind suiting up for him. Carney knows that Michigan’s new headman knows what it takes to make it to the next level.
“I know he has had a lot of success in the NFL and definitely a lot of experience on what a winning program is,” said Carney. “Playing for him would also be a great opportunity because he knows what it takes for a player like myself to make it to the NFL.”
So what if the Wolverines were to extend an offer out to the three-star prospect?
“It would definitely mean a lot to me and they would definitely be in my top schools when I make an decision,” said Carney. Right now it’s Auburn, Virginia and Rutgers are my top. (For Michigan to crack that top list) first I need an offer (laughter). I have offers from those other schools, but honestly it wouldn’t take much (for Michigan to make the list).”