Wexford (Penn.) North Allegheny junior tight end Griffin Sestili has quickly started to become a popular prospect out of the East Coast, hearing from several schools around the nation.
Despite the early interest, the 6-foot-3, 235-pound Sestili is still waiting on scholarship offer No. 1.
One school yet to officially reach out to Sestili is Michigan, but the Wolverines standout for several reasons.
“I have not heard very much from Michigan,” said Sestili. “They have sent me letters and camp invites and such, but other than that, nothing.
“I’ve actually talked with Patrick Kugler about Michigan. He went to my high school when he was in high school and I had known him from back then and I’ve texted him from time to time about Michigan and this entire recruiting process in itself.”
Kugler has yet to crack the starting rotation at Michigan, providing depth along the interior of the offensive line, potentially factoring into the race at center. Either way, Sestili says Kugler is really enjoying Ann Arbor.
“My dad is a coach on our staff, so I was around the team a ton when he was there and we became pretty close,” Sestili said. “Luckily we stay in contact quite often. He says he absolutely loves it up there.
“Not only football, but the school as well. He told me that he hasn’t spent a super amount of time with the tight end coach, but from what he has seen and experienced, he thinks he’s a great guy as well as the offensive line coach.”
Understanding the tradition and history surrounding Michigan’s program as Jim Harbaugh attempts to restore the glory for the Wolverines, Sestilli is eager to build a relationship with the coaching staff.
“It would be an honor to play there given their football tradition as well as the atmosphere during the games,” said Sestilli. “To me it would also be an honor and a sense of relief knowing someone believes in my skills and dedication.
“It would be a dream come true in a sense. I probably could see myself visiting, but I would have to have them show interest before doing that.”
Sestili has already visited Duke, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Penn State and North Carolina State, also planning to visit both Boston College and Tennessee.
Based on mindset and playing style alone, one coach even threw out a comparison to a former NFL great.
“Coach Washington at Boston College described me as a young form of Mike Ditka,” said Sestili. “I’m the player that will do whatever it takes to win and do anything I have to for my team. Whether that be on offense, defense or special teams. I feel as if I’m a hard-nosed player who has a unique athletic ability with my size and I absolutely love contact. I try to be a hard nose player driving people to the ground and giving out big hits. I can run well and catch the ball very good too.”
“Obviously I’m a little young to see how Ditka played, but if that’s what a college coach told me, then I’d assume it’s good (laughter). I just do whatever it takes to win. I guess I’m just a competitor.”