Nearly two years after stepping on Michigan’s campus, Sugarcreek (Ohio) Garaway 2017 offensive tackle Joel Honigford finally made his way back to U-M to see what the Wolverines have to offer – literally.
Why? Well, this time around, Honigford comes to Ann Arbor holding an offer from U-M, who offered him back in mid-April. So naturally, he was looking at Michigan from a different perspective. And what he saw during his visit, well, he liked.
“I really enjoyed the visit,” Honigford said. “I got to see the campus and hangout with the coaches and players and stuff. I got to see everything.”
A big part of Honigford’s visit was connecting with Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, who made a strong first impression on the three-star standout, Honigford said.
“I like him a lot,” he said of Harbaugh. “Obviously he’s pretty high energy. And just the stuff he was saying to my parents and I, I just liked what he had to say. He just seemed like a real guy. He wasn’t going to bull crap you or anything, which was nice.”
But for the most part, however, Honigford spent his time on campus connecting with his potential offensive lineman coach, Tim Drevno.
“I actually spent most of the day with him,” he said of Drevno. “I mean, I really like him again. I like the kind of coach he is, I think that type of coaching style would fit me well. It was just good to see.”
Adding more on Drevno: “He actually said he wants to pull in five lineman (in this class), and he wants them to play together for four years. So I like that a lot. He asked me what I wanted to play, and I told him I feel more comfortable at left tackle. He said he would work around me from there. Obviously he cares and I am a high priority to him.”
Longiford, who also took in a trip to Michigan State this past weekend as well, says his top-four in no particular order includes: Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State (no offer) and Auburn. However, he says his plan is to camp at Ohio State this Friday in hopes of earning an offer from the Buckeyes.
“I don’t have an offer from Ohio State, but I’m I perform well at their camp this Friday,” he said. “Maybe we’ll see something there.”
That being said, will an offer from OSU put them at the top of his list?
“I don’t know if I have been necessarily been waiting on it,” he said. “It’s just one I knew was possible to get, so I want to give myself the most opportunities. I have to pick the right school. I guess that’s why I haven’t made a decision yet. We’ll see what happens on Friday.”
Honigford says after his camp visit to OSU, he plans to narrow down his commitment for a mid-July decision.
“I want to go to a place where I connect well with the coach, everyone I listed in my top-four I feel I connect well with all of them,” he said. “I want to go to a school where I feel I can be developed and not just pushed back. Obviously, I want to go to a school with good academics and want to build good relationships with people around me.”
He also noted that he may visit Auburn before his July decision. He says he has no more plans to visit either U-M or MSU before his announcement.