With the 2016 recruiting class in the books, the Wolverines have shifted their attention to next year’s class and hosted several highly touted juniors on campus including local standout athlete Antjuan Simmons.
The Ann Arbor Pioneer star recapped his unofficial visit to Michigan on Saturday.
“It was great,” Simmons told The Michigan Insider. “The game itself didn’t effect the visit at all and it was a real good opportunity to get to talk to the coaches and what not. We just went to the game and I hung out and talked with Coach Partridge for a bit.”
The main recruiter for Simmons has been running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley but for this visit to Ann Arbor he got to create another bond with a member of the coaching staff in linebackers/special teams coach Chris Partridge.
Having heard great things about him, Simmons never got to sit down and really connect in person with Partridge. With that opportunity out of the way, Simmons walked away from his visit thinking very highly of him.
“I think Coach Partridge is a great coach,” said Simmons. “He knows what he’s doing and I like what they have planned for the future. He sounds like a great guy from what Quinn (Nordin) was telling me. That was really one of the first times I actually got to sit down and really talk to him and see what he was like.”
The in-state 6-foot-1, 205-pound versatile prospect holds offers from LSU, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Ohio State, UCLA, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Michigan amongst others, but released an early top 11 a few weeks back that didn’t include the Wolverines.
However, after another successful visit to Ann Arbor, the Wolverines are making a move in Simmons’ recruitment and becoming more of a factor.
“I’m very interested in Michigan,” said Simmons. “It is a program on the rise. They are now in my top list and they're gaining ground.”