Brooklyn (N.Y.) Poly Prep offensive lineman Isaiah Wilson reflects upon his latest Michigan visit.

Did the Barbecue at the Big House elevate Michigan’s standing with Brooklyn (N.Y.) Poly Prep offensive lineman Isaiah Wilson?

Michigan is beginning to feel like home to Isaiah Wilson.  The Brooklyn (N.Y.) Poly Prep star made his way back to Ann Arbor last Saturday for the annual Barbecue at the Big House and came away struck by just how comfortable he is in the land of Maize & Blue.

“(It’s) just the family atmosphere of Michigan,” Wilson explained.  “It seems like everybody knows everyone and their story. Me and Coach Wheatley have a good relationship.  It has always been great vibes from anyone on that staff. The same applies with Coach Drev.”

The rapport with his prospective teammates proved to be equally good.

“I was back with Ahmir (Mitchell), but mainly I was around Grant Newsome and Tyrone Wheatley Jr.,” said Wilson.  “I enjoyed myself during the visit.”

The day was designed to be more relaxed than typical unofficial visits, which was precisely why most of the interactions consisted of getting to know people on a more personal level. They did allocate at least some of the time for talking academics and football, but they were careful not to disrupt the tone that had been set.  So in Wilson’s case the talk about how Michigan will three to four starters from the offensive line after this year was more a footnote to their discussions instead of the main idea.

“It came up,” but they didn’t beat me over the head with it,” Wilson stated.  “They know how to recruit.”

They showed him that yet again with the Michael Jordan-themed edit they sent his way on twitter Wednesday.

These most recent Michigan experiences reconfirmed for Wilson why he has the storied program in his top five.  They’ve also caused those observing his recruitment to wonder if the Wolverines have moved up his list.

Said Wilson, “my response to that question is, Go Blue!’”

Michigan will have yet another opportunity to impress the talented youngster when he returns to Ann Arbor for an official visit September 17th for the game versus Colorado. He also announced plans for official stops at Florida State November 11th, Alabama November 25th, and Georgia and USC on dates yet to be determined.

Wilson plans to commit to one of those schools sometime in December.


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