Chad Simmons

U-M Visit Exceeds Bateman’s Expectations With “Flying Colors”

Gadsden (Ala.) 2017 four-star offensive tackle Toryque Bateman talks about his visit to Michigan and more.

Michigan held several on-campus camps this past weekend which saw recruits from all over the country visit campus. One of the biggest targets, literally and figuratively, on their offensive line board is Gadsden (Ala.) 2017 offensive tackle Toryque Bateman, who made it on campus and left feeling very impressed.

“The visit went very, very well,” Bateman told The Michigan Insider. “I had lots of fun and we toured the campus, the facilities and talked to all of the coaches. I just really hung out during the camp to watch other players. Overall, the visit was an A+ and my expectations were very high and they did exceed them with flying colors.”

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The 6-foot-8, 300-pounder felt the love throughout his time spent in Ann Arbor, especially from the coaches.

“I got to talk with Coach Harbaugh, Coach Bam and Coach Drevno,” said Bateman. “They all told me I was a necessity and that they loved my feet and ability to bend.”

A main reason for feeling comfortable at Michigan is the strong relationship he’s forged with Wolverine offensive analyst and recruiting coordinator Bam Richards.

“I already knew Coach Bam from years back, but my mom and dad didn’t and they liked him very much,” said Bateman. “(Me and Coach Bam) are very close, too.”

Bateman wasn’t the only Alabama standout on campus as he also got to connect with Pinson (Ala.) Clay-Chalkville 2017 wide receiver Nico Collins during his visit, who’s someone he wouldn’t mind teaming up at the next level.

“I’ve known Nico since 7th grade and we are very tight,” said Bateman. “I would love to play with him (in college).”

While the visit went above Bateman’s expectations and enjoyed many parts, the highlight came when he got to chat with the headman himself, Jim Harbaugh.

“The sit down with Coach Harbaugh because he was talking as if we were all a part of Michigan and family,” said Bateman. “It made me feel better about Michigan. I am very interested and they stacked (up) very well.”


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