It started when the Wolverines extend an offer to the 2017 running back in late April. And since then, he has been in consistent contact with his primary recruiter: Tyrone Wheatley.
And that bond with Wheatley and Michigan continued to gel, Stritzinger says, when he made a trip to U-M's campus for a visit earlier this month.
"It was great experience," Stritzinger said. "It gave us a chance to be around each other off the field. You know what I mean? On a social level. I got to meet most of the coaches. I have been talking to Tyrone Wheatley, we've been talking a lot. But I got to meet Coach Harbaugh for the first time. That was a really good experience. I met more coaches and just being involved with the university overall. "
Stritzinger, who stars at Warren (Mich.) De La Salle, says Harbaugh's personality really stuck out during his visit.
"It seems like he's joking a lot," Stritzinger said of Harbaugh. "But that's just the way he is. That's him. That's just the way he is. I thought he was joking. But that's just how he is. He's always smiling. He's a courageous guy. He's ready to jump into things all the time. I like that, I really do."
And it seems, Stritzinger's comfort level with Michigan is trending in the right direction for the Wolverines.
"That's just the overall thing of it, I'm just building that relationship with them," Stritzinger said. "That's really what's keeping me around with Michigan."
As far as his future position, well, Stritzinger is being recruited by schools to play both running back and cornerback. However, Wheatley and Michigan are offering him to come in as a running back first, if he chooses to attend U-M.
"[Wheatley] tells me all the time [on my future position], he says it's up in the air," Stritzinger said. "He's recruited me as an athlete, saying I could play corner or running back. He was like 'I see you as a running back. But it's up to you at the end of the day.' I'm starting to lean towards running back more because of what he's been saying to me."
Stritzinger plans on camping at Michigan on June 15 and 16 -- with something to prove.
"That's the No. 1 thing, I just want to show them this is why you offered me," Stritzinger said. "I want to show that I'm not just hype. I want to show him that I am here to work. I want to show them what type of player that I am rather than just on a social level."