Fortunately for Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines that mindset changed quickly after stepping on campus and interacting with the entire coaching staff as McKeon decided to verbally commit to Michigan.
“I knew right after my visit on Saturday, touring the facilities and meeting the coaches -- I knew Michigan was the perfect fit for me,” McKeon told The Michigan Insider.
“I loved everything about Michigan, but especially the facilities, stadium and coaching staff.”
With his commitment to Michigan, a huge weight has been lifted from his shoulders, now eager to start his career in Ann Arbor.
“It’s very relieving and I’m very excited to be a Wolverine,” said McKeon.
Jim Harbaugh took the opportunity to seal the deal with McKeon in a meeting on Monday immediately following camp, allowing coach and player the chance to get to know one another on a more personal level.
“He was just very excited and happy I was joining the team,” said McKeon. “I really liked Harbaugh and thought he was very funny, but serious when it comes to football. Funny by some of the things he did.
“When we were on a bus touring the campus, he had the bus drop him off in the middle of the street and he ran down the sidewalk to the football building.”
Still unknown how exactly the Wolverines’ coaching staff plans to utilize tight ends within the offense -- a secret that will begin to take shape in the season opener at Utah on Sept. 4 -- McKeon was given some understanding of what his role could be in Ann Arbor.
“The coaches said they see me at either as a Y tight end or tight end in the back field,” said McKeon. “I think I bring a very dynamic big pass catcher and a good blocker.”
McKeon says he will not be taking any other visits in his recruiting process.