BEAVERTON, Ore. – Sometimes it’s the little things that matter in recruiting.
In Michigan's case, tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh is younger than your average assistant. At 27, he can relate with today’s recruits, who range anywhere from 14-18 years old, and so far, his approach has connected with four-star 2017 offensive tackle Obinna Eze, who noted his building relationship with Harbaugh at The Opening Finals on Saturday.
“Pretty good (relationship), he’s young, he understands the things that I understand,” Eze said of Harbaugh. “He knows the life of a young guy, so it’s so easy to talk to him. Like super easy to talk to him.”
With his building relationship with Harbaugh, Eze who holds an offer from the Wolverines says his interest in Michigan is legit and plans to visit sometime soon.
“Michigan has a really good academic school, which is something that I am interested in,” Eze said. “And they have a really good tradition of producing really good O-Lineman. I wanted to make it up there for the camp this summer, but I couldn’t make it up there because of personal reasons.
“I am really trying to take an off official to Michigan. One of the problems, it is so far up north. So there is nobody to take me up there, you know what I mean? And official would be the perfect way to go check them out.”
And when Eze finally arrives in Ann Arbor, well, he has a good ide of what he wants to checkout.
“I would like to see the campus,” he said. “I’ve never seen it. I have god things about (U-M’s) academics. I really want to see what they have in place to help me succeed as a student. Then hopefully watch a football game in person and concentrate on the O-line and see what the coaches have made out of them. That’s basically what I’m going to try to see.”
That being said, will distance play a factor in Eze’s recruitment?
“Not really,” he said. “I’m from Africa (Nigeria). Distance doesn’t (matter). I’m from a continent away, ten hours drive means nothing to me.”
At the moment, Eze says he doesn’t have a top-ten and has no decision timeline.