ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Wednesday was Ahmir Mitchell's day to be celebrated by the thousands in attendance and many more that watched the live stream of the Signing With The Stars event in Ann Arbor.
Now officially a Wolverine, Mitchell was able to reflect on his recruitment process and the transition being made from high school student to college student athlete.
That transition has been aided by the New Jersey familiarity that is currently on campus. With U-M making the 2016 recruiting class a priority in New Jersey as well as Chris Partridge's presence on campus, Mitchell says that it has been an easy transition having the New Jersey security blanket with him.
"It was definitely a security blanket," Mitchell said. "With having a bunch of Jersey guys coming in, just knowing we have guys back home with us made us feel comfortable in coming."
Another great spokesperson for U-M to the New Jerseys players is Jabrill Peppers. A highly sought after recruit himself once upon a time, Peppers has been crucial for many of the newest signees for the Wolverines this recruiting cycle.
For Mitchell, Peppers and U-M coach Jim Harbaugh really sealed the deal.
"With me being a freshman and in eighth grade I used to look up to Jabrill," Mitchell said. "He was the second overall player in his class. Just looking up to him, watching him play and committing to Michigan piqued the interest in the school. Then, when Coach Harbaugh came with the academics, it was kind of a no-brainer. Jabrill coming being like a big brother to all the Jersey guys was definitely a factor."