The massive physical lineman displayed his tools and his high competitive nature in Columbus this past weekend at The Opening Regional where he received high reviews.
Schools have already jumped onto his recruitment with offers as well as a host of others still showing interest, but one school he hopes to start to hearing from is Michigan.
“I think (Michigan) is a strong program,” Bockhorst told The Michigan Insider. “Obviously, with the recent coaching change, they on the come up especially in recruiting. They were kind of struggling with the 2015 class with guys decommitting, but I feel like they have come up strong and will be a force to be reckon with.
“I would have strong interest in them as well (if they showed some interest). They are geographically close, so it would be easy to take a visit and get a good perspective of the program. If that does present itself in the future, then I think it would be a opportunity I would jump on.”
With offers from Boston College, Louisville, Vanderbilt, Illinois and more probably on the way, the 6-4, 290-pound road grader has plenty of options to choose from. However, if Michigan offered, it would go a long way in his recruitment, he says.
“It would mean a lot,” said Bockhorst. “A offer from Michigan is much like an offer from Ohio State or Notre Dame. They are the big guys in the Midwest and those are the guys I’m looking at heavily, so it would mean a lot to me.”
Would he be in favor of possibly making the trip up north to check out Ann Arbor?
“Yeah, I would,” said Bockhorst. “I would like to see Coach Harbaugh and his staff. Just get a feel and that is a big thing for me is the fit of the school and how comfortable I am.”
This summer, Bockhorst says he will camp at Tennessee, Michigan State (June 13), Ohio State (June 16), Notre Dame (June 19, 20) along with possibly camping at Michigan too. Although, he says he will be looking at more than just football when takes his visits.
“What is important to me is definitely academics and the coaching staff in how I have a relationship with that coach and players,” said Bockhorst. “If I don’t like the guys I’m playing with, then I don’t think that would be a good experience for me.”
With a packed camp agenda ahead of him, Bockhorst hopes to land some more offers and if he is able to do so, a decision could possibly follow.
“I would like to get it down sooner rather than later,” said Bockhorst. “If I come out of this camp season with the offers I want and obviously I will be open to new schools showing me interest, but really the schools I am camping out at and get offers, then I can move forward in that process and take it to the next level.”