Recently making a trip up to Ann Arbor to explore the Michigan football program, the campus and the University itself, Gil says the decision really came down to one key factor.
“First, on the visit, they showed me a lot of love and since I already had my brother Josh (Metellus) with me I knew he was going to commit,” Gil said.
“So just by him doing that and then showing me the academic side of it, that it’s not just football, they show that they really care about the kids. They want us to have a big future, with or without football.”
The interaction among the coaching staff, between the players and coaches, and also the coaches wives and children was a major plus for Gil who will be far away from home once he officially becomes a part of the Wolverines.
“The family atmosphere up there is crazy,” Gil said. “He and the coaches are just worried about the players.”
Although Durkin will primarily coach the linebackers, in addition to being in charge of the entire defense, football isn’t all this relationship was about.
“He’s a great coach, on and off the field,” Gil said. “When we went up to Michigan I saw how much he cares for his family, his football family and his family in the house so I know when I go up there he’s going to treat me just like one of them, just like he does now.”
Michigan’s satellite camp tour drew national attention and criticism from several coaches across the country, particularly in the south region.
For Gil, Michigan’s branding nationally and effort to scour the country looking for the best talent to bring to Ann Arbor is only a plus in his eyes.
“I think it’s great,” Gil said. “They’re trying to build a program and make a change for the 2016 class so that when we go up there we can have a name for ourselves and then make a big name for Michigan, bigger than what it already is.”
Unsure of when exactly he’ll be back on campus at Michigan, Gil says the plan is to make another visit in the near future.
Regardless, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound defensive back doesn’t need to be sold on anything else the Wolverines have to offer.
“I’ve seen everything,” Gil said. “I’ve had an advisor show me around, the graduate assistants showed me everything and I owe a thanks to them.”
“I’m not going to go to any other camps or anything,” added Gil. “Right now I’m focused on the road to states and I’m committed to Michigan.”