Video Interview by Sam Webb
2018 linebacker Bumper Pool participated in Michigan's satellite camp tour stop in Dallas this week. Pool, who currently holds an offer from Michigan, was able to get firsthand experience of what the Wolverines' coaching staff is like.
"It looked like they had a lot of fun out here and they enjoy it," Pool said. "Which means a lot because I want people that care about me not only on the field but off the field as well."
As far as his offer from U-M goes, Pool said it wasn't a surprise it was coming. Regularly in contact with defensive line coach Greg Mattison and defensive coordinator Don Brown, both coaches let him know an offer was eventually coming down the pipeline.
"I was kind of expecting it," Pool said. "I talked to Coach Mattison and he came to our spring ball and so did Coach Brown, they said you're going to have an offer but lets just get it official, so I called him a week ago and got the offer."
When asked what he sees of his potential defensive coordinator, Pool really likes Brown's style of coaching. He says he enjoys Brown's in your face demeanor.
"Yes I love that," he said. "I love a guy that will push me and give me some tough love."
With a long way to go until the 2018 class gets to send in their LOI's, Pool says he would like to wrap up his recruitment sooner rather than later. Of course, in order for the Wolverines to be a contender with this recruitment, it will have to get Pool on campus.
In fact, those visit plans are currently in the works for this current season.
"I'm actually going to try and get up for a game this season," Pool said. "I haven't really picked out which game, I hope to get up there."
With seven offers in tow, Pool says that all schools are on equal playing field right now. He says that if schools are willing to give him a chance with a scholarship offer, then it means a lot to him to show the love back.
However, he did admit that his U-M offer meant a lot to him.
What are the major factors for when Pool finally sits down to decide on a program to commit to? It will have a lot to do with the strength of the program and the people around it.
"People that care," Pool said. "Not just on the field but off the field as well. Strength of the program, guys that enjoy being in the program and are not dreading it and truly love the game."