During this evaluation period, the Wolverines have traveled far and wide to check out some of the top prospects. The West Coast was heavily traveled by several Wolverine coaches including offensive coordinator Tim Drevno. One of the region’s top tailbacks in West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade College Prep sophomore running back T.J. Pledger was a recipient of a Drevno stop and had seen enough to officially extend an offer.
“Michigan had came down to see me and my quarterback, Brevin White,” Pledger told The Michigan Insider. “Coach Drevno came down to check us out and a week later, my coach put me on the phone with him and he extended an offer to me. I was definitely shocked and didn’t know if Michigan was interested in me, but I just know how big their program is, so it was definitely a big offer. Getting a Michigan offer is a blessing. It is another school that is giving me and my family a chance to go play at, so I’m just going to weigh my options and really see what Michigan has to offer and I know it is a lot. I just can’t wait to build a relationship with them and see where the chips fall.”
“I know they have a great coaching staff and great tradition. I know they got a good recruiting class coming up and they got a couple West Coast guys that signed last year, so I’m excited they are reaching out this way. I just know it is a great school, great tradition, and I know they are in a good direction with Coach Harbaugh. It could be a good fit.”http://www.scout.com/player/198166-t-j-pledger
With over double-digit offers, the 5-foot-9, 185-pound dynamic running back has seen his interest rise with this latest offer from the Wolverines and now looks to get out to Ann Arbor.
“I’m very interested and now I’m just waiting on setting up a visit date,” said Pledger. “I would like to make it probably in the fall and I want to go out to a game, so I’ll probably wait till the fall.”
A main reason for his strong appeal in visiting Michigan stems from seeing another fellow California native make that move in Wolverine 2016 signee, David Long.
“David Long is a buddy of mine and have played him two years in a row,” said Pledger. “We are in the same league. I don’t talk with him a lot, but when I got the Michigan offer, he wanted to just come out to Ann Arbor and I won’t be let down.”
“Being from California and making that move to Michigan means that you are very comfortable with being out there. Michigan is a big difference than being from California, so I would want to make sure I am comfortable with living out there. Knowing that other California kids can see themselves out there just makes me want to go and check it out for myself.”
With hopes to get out to Ann Arbor, one person Pledger is very eager to meet and connect with is head coach Jim Harbaugh.
“He seems dope,” said Pledger. “I’m not going to lie. He really seems like a players coach, which is something I have at my school right now, so it is something I could really relate to. He seems like a really awesome guy and I can’t wait to get out and see for myself.”
At the moment, Pledger currently has no top list in his recruitment and is still weighing all his options. The next step is narrowing down his list of suitors and, when that time comes, he’ll know the main factors.
“First thing, I am looking for is academics and then just a place where I can exceed not just on the field, but in all aspects of life,” said Pledger. “The coaching staff also and how bad do they want me, the relationship I build with the coaches and it all comes down to building relationship with coaches and wherever I feel more comfortable with, which is where I will be taking my talents too.”
Pledger will be visiting Ohio State and try to get out to Tennessee this summer as well