MACOMB, Mich. – Canadian four-star DE Luiji Vilain made his way to Sound Mind Sound Body last week, and impressed many on lookers with his size and speed off the edge.
“This wasn’t my first time, this was my third year,” he said afterwards. “It gets better and better every year. This was by far the biggest turn out. I thought it would be hard to get reps. But I got enough reps, it was great.”
At 6-foot-3, 230-pounds, Vilain’s athleticism drew the interest of many of the coaches in attendance – including U-M defensive line coach Greg Mattison.
“I had a brief conversation with Coach Mattison,” he said. “He told me to keep working. I should be going [to visit Michigan] soon after this [event].” Adding more on Mattsion: “I met him last year at Sound Mind Sound Body, It’s good that he stayed at Michigan. Because I know someone on the staff that can vouch for me if an offer does come my way.”
That’s right, no offer has been extended to Vilain yet, but he would be more than happy to receive it.
“No, not yet, but it's one of the schools I would like to have an offer from,” he said.
And if Michigan were to extend an offer his way, Vilian admits it would go a long way in his recruitment.
“It would mean a lot,” he said on potentially earning a U-M offer. “Because the new coaching staff came from the NFL. They obviously know what they are doing. And they know what it takes to get there., because they were there. That’s something that I am looking for.”
Next up for Vilain is a potential visit to Ann Arbor, Mich., and while he’s been there already before, he says this time around it will be all about the coaching.
“Honestly, just the coaching staff,” he said on what he’ll be looking for on his next visit to Michigan’s campus. “Because that’s pretty much what changed. I want o get in contact with them and get familiar with them.”