"Just being that type of school, It's crazy, it's surreal, I couldn't believe it" he said of his Michigan offer. "It was a good time for me [to receive it]."
That offer comes on the heels of Michigan tight end's coach Jay Harbaugh recent visit to Claypool's school in Abbotsford, B.C. That's when Claypool started to really consider Michigan, he says.
"It started off when he came to see me," he said of Harbaugh. "That meant a lot to me that came all the way from the east coast to come to Canada. So that was a big statement from him. Off the field he is more a personal coach. He'll make some jokes. He's not so serious. He's laid back. So that's what I like about him. Obviously on the field he is all business."
With his relationship with Michigan trending upwards, Claypool decided to take in a campus visit to U-M on Wednesday to see what U-M was all about. What stood out? Well, his players hosts Maurice Ways and Ian Bunting, who showed him a good time, he says.
"I think the fact that two of their players took time out of their day to come hang out with me," he said. "They went to dinner with me and stuff. They didn't have to, but it was really cool."
And since that visit, he has put the Wolverines in elite company in his recruitment.
"Since I took my visit, I would say easily top five definitely," he said. "I got to hang out with a couple of the players. They took me around. [Michigan is in my] top-five, maybe top three.
That being said, Claypool acknowledged he knows exactly what he's looking for in a program.
"Basically No. 1, a four year decision," he said. "So an education that will take me further. And then how I click with everyone. If I can the coaches at camps. And see how they coach me. And how good they are with me."
Claypool says he could make his decision by the end of the summer if he is able to visit all of his schools of interest.