Michigan ramped up its scholarship activity significantly this week, especially in California where some were extended so suddenly that they caught the recipients by surprise. That was certainly true of Walnut Creek (Calif.) Berea Christian wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins.
"It was out of nowhere and it was crazy,” said Hodgins. “I didn't expect it at all. They were (recruiting me) when I was a sophomore a little bit and then it kind of fell off after that. Then they came back in."
"I was just at school and the coaching staff followed me on Twitter. Then Jimmie Dougherty, who was the old wide receiver's coach at San Jose State… which was my first offer, he personally knows me and he was the one that offered me. He (direct messaged) me and told me to call him and said he had some good news for me. I talked to him for a little bit and the wide receiver's coach and they offered me."
Michigan joined list that already included a top five of Oregon, Oregon State, Washington State, Boise State and Colorado. The Golden State standout doesn’t know as much about the Maize & Blue as he does those aforementioned suitors, but he is familiar with the Wolverines thanks to his attendance at their satellite camp in Fresno last summer.
"It was definitely crazy and eye-opening getting to meet Jim Harbaugh and getting to talk to all the coaches and everything,” Hodgins said. “So I definitely know some things (about Michigan) from going to their camp and having some of my friends going there and everything, I've learned a little bit about them. I know they have a great fan base, great football program, great coaches, and definitely a great school to go to and be a part of, so I'm excited to get into all of that."
One of Michigan’s biggest advocates is freshman-to-be and former Concord De La Salle standout Devin Asiasi. That endorsement is another reason why Hodgins plans to give the Wolverines are harder look.
"I know Devin pretty good,” said Hodgins. “His dad is our offensive line and defensive line coach so he's always at our games and I'm always talking to him and stuff."
"I'm very interested. Great program, great coaches, and great fan base. I'd love to get to know a little bit more about it."
That would mean getting to Ann Arbor for a visit. Hodgins recently decided to postpone plans for an April 23rd commitment, and he may have to move it down again in order to take his first trip to the Great Lakes State.
“I'm going to be an early enrollee wherever I go, so I expect the date to be between mid-May and the end of May,” he said. “I might be able to (visit Michigan before that). Worst case scenario, if I'm not 100-percent positive on my decision I'll push it back and maybe take a couple more visits.”
“(It’s going to come down to) definitely the coaching… how they coach, my position coach and how coaches in general run the program. Education for sure and if I'll be able to make an impact early as a freshman. Little things like that."