St. Thomas (Fla.) Aquinas 2017 RB Mike Epstein reflects on his Michigan visit and more.

St. Thomas (Fla.) Aquinas 2017 RB Mike Epstein reflects on his Michigan visit and more.

After receiving an offer from Michigan in January, St. Thomas (Fla.) Aquinas 2017 running back Mike Epstein made his way up to U-M last week to see what the Wolverines were all about.

Epstein would spend his whole day on Michigan’s campus on Wednesday, and walked away calling his overall visit experience "awesome," noting he might come back for another trip this summer.   

“It was a great time,” said Epstein, who is currently committed to Illinois. “They showed me everything, academic included, toured the campus. Met the whole staff. Sat in a running back meeting with coach (Tyrone) Wheatley. So I had it all, it was great times.”

During his experience, Epstein also got a little taste of what it’s like to be coached by Wheatley.

“He said football is a simple game and doesn’t want to make it hard for anybody. So ‘I’m going to let you do your thing and I’m going to help you out if I see something,’” Epstein said of his talks with Wheatley. “We watched a film of the previous practice with all the running backs, so it was cool.”

After his visit with Michigan, where does U-M stand in Epstein’s recruitment?

“I’m getting great vibes (from Michigan),” Epstein said. “They want me with open arms. They said that this is actually my home. Coach (Jim) Harbaugh said ‘this is your home, get comfortable.’ I really appreciate the love they are showing.”

Adding: “Michigan made a jump up.”

That being said, Epstein made it clear he is very much still committed to Illinois.

“Right now I am committed (to Illinois),” Epstein said. “After spring I will evaluate all my other options. Michigan is definitely up there.”


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