Video interview by Sam Webb
Michigan's satellite camp tour saw them stop at Baltimore to observe many of the top talents in both the 2017 and 2018 classes. One of the attendees, 2018 four-star defensive lineman Austin Fontaine (Hyattsville, MD,) was able to get firsthand experience of what the Michigan coaching staff is like coaching.
Of course, in typical Wolverine fashion, the event was competitive.
"I think it went pretty well," Fontaine said. "To be honest, I wasn't expecting the competitive drills at the beginning but it was fun. It was a competitive nature so you always want to try and get first and get to the finals, try to do the best on one-on-one's. It was great."
Fontaine also had a chance to work directly with U-M defensive line coach Greg Mattison, Fontaine's potential future position coach if he were to decide to go to U-M. Fontaine appreciated the way Mattison was a teacher and not a yeller.
"It was great," Fontaine said. "(Mattison) wasn't yelling at a certain player or yelling at another player, he was talking to us all making sure we know what to do and how to do it. He took me over after I went a couple of times and told me what I needed to work on and how I need to do it. It was good working with Michigan."
With U-M head coach Jim Harbaugh in attendance, Fontaine didn't get much of a chance to speak with him. Just a few pleasantries and both went on with their days.
Fontaine had some positive things to say about Michigan after the event.
"Their recruitment is pretty deep," Fontaine said. "It really seems like the kind of place where you'd love to play, love the coaches and love the environment."
With a long way to go until the 2018 class signs their LOI's, the recruitment doesn't stop. For Fontaine, he says that the school environment will play a major role in deciding where he will play football.
"A lot of it has to do with the school," Fontaine said. "How are the classes, how the professors are. Just how I get around because if I choose a school just based on football and my academics isn't there, I don't want to be screwed for football, too."null