Michigan's success in year one of the Jim Harbaugh era was one of the biggest stories of the college football season, and according to Brooklyn (N.Y.) Poly Prep offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson it’s a story that everyone should have saw coming.
“When I saw that Coach Harbaugh and the rest of the guys were coming in on the coaching staff I actually predicted that they would have a 10 win (regular) season,” said Wilson. “With the unlucky loss to Michigan State I was one win off. I wasn’t really surprised. I know they’ve had the talent, I just didn’t know why the talent wasn’t producing. Now they are.”
And that only served to increase the appeal of a program that already held a great deal of it. The four-star lineman has racked up almost 50 offers to date, but Michigan is clearly among those he most intrigued by. That much was proven by his decision to take an unofficial visit to Ann Arbor a few weeks ago.
“I think the campus is very nice,” Wilson said reflecting upon the experience. I like the coaches there and I like the players.”
On the coach side of things Wilson sent the majority time Tim Drevno.
“I like him a lot,” said Wilson of his would-be position coach. “He is a very genuine guy. He knows his stuff. He really knows what he is talking about. He is a great person to be around.”
Wilson came away with similar views of the players.
“They made great impressions. Everything about them was genuine and inviting. They’re all on a mission. There is not any nonsense going on over there. I was with Ahmir Mitchell, Kareem Walker, who I’ve played against, and Khalid Hill.”
The visit confirmed all the positive things he’d heard about Michigan dating back to before he was offered a scholarship in the spring of his sophomore season. That said he isn’t yet ready to place the Wolverines his outright leader.
“They’re a top tier team and I definitely like them a lot, but I don’t think I have an upper echelon yet,” Wilson explained. “I don’t want to eliminate anybody or anything like that. They’re very high though. I like them. I like them a lot, but there’s not really any sort of list or order.”
Future visits will help him determine that hierarchy and then ultimately a decision.
" I’ve already visited Penn State, Rutgers, BC, South Carolina, Clemson, and Syracuse. I’m thinking (a decision will come) in the summertime if I make enough visits in the spring. If I feel a little bit unsure I’ll stay uncommitted through the season, take official visits and then commit in December probably or maybe even signing day.”
“I just want the place to feel like home and have good academics to fall back on… things like that.”