Thanks to the presence of Bryan Mone and Sione Houma its roster, Michigan has established a bit of a presence in Salt Lake City, Utah. Now the Wolverines are back pursuing another Sione. Brighton High School sophomore athlete Sione Heimuli-Lund recently emerged as a prime target for the Maize & Blue.
“My high school coach gave me Coach (John) Baxter’s number, so I called him and we started talking,” Heimuli-Lund said. “He told me about how they were really interested in me and what role they saw me at. A little while after he handed the phone to Coach Harbaugh and we talked and coach offered me a full ride.”
"I was in disbelief and lost for words. I think that offer was the most shocking to me. It was unreal. I mean I was talking to a guy (Jim Harbaugh) who has done it all and the fact that he saw something in me was pretty special.”
The 6-0, 225-pound youngster is the model of versatility and could excel at multiple positions at the next level, but Michigan projects him to be a ball-carrier at the next level.
“I love to play running back, so I’m excited that they’re giving me the opportunity to play there,” said Heimuli-Lund. “I’m really interested. I have with a couple guys I know who play for them, so I would love to be there.”
“I may visit in the future. I just love what Michigan is all about. I mean just all the great things I’ve heard in how the environment is second to none and how academically it’s the top, if not one of the top programs in the nation. That’s huge for me, so I liked that.”
Heimuli-Lund has amassed an impressive list of offers thus far, but is feeling the most love the most from Stanford, BYU, Utah, Arizona State, Washington and Michigan. Even so he isn’t in any rush to make a decision.
"I don’t plan on coming out with a top list until after my junior season,” said Heimuli-Lund. “My main factors will be of course, education wise where I can do my best at that, the strength and conditioning coach, where I feel the most comfortable and like the atmosphere the most.”
Heimuli-Lund plans to camp at the in-state schools this summer