Interview by Sam Webb, story by Josh Henschke
Michigan received its third commitment of the 2017 recruiting class when in-state three-star small forward Isaiah Livers announced on his Twitter account that he was committing to the Wolverines earlier this week.
For Livers, he now has a sense of relief that the process is over. Knowing where he wanted to go all along, why delay the inevitable any further?
"It was just like, what am I waiting for? I've got the school me and my family thought would be a great fit for me so I don't know what I'd be waiting for, just waiting," Livers said. "I wanted to get it out of the way. That's a school I was going to pick anyway so just wanted to get it done early."
Michigan State got out to a running start by offering Livers first with a Wolverines offer coming shortly after. Luckily for the Wolverines, Livers grew up a fan of both schools so there wasn't any catching up to do when the Spartans offered first.
After considering MSU, he realized the best opportunity for him was in Ann Arbor
"I debated about going to visit them and check them out but Michigan has the best opportunity for me. Great academic school, the basketball team can be great, and I'm hoping I can change that. I grew up a Michigan and Michigan State fan so it kind of wasn't that difficult... I just rooted for both of them. I was a Michigan fan, a state of Michigan fan. That's what I was."
With U-M losing the likes of Derrick Walton and Zak Irvin after this season, some play makers will be needed for the future. It appears the coaching staff are looking to fill the Irvin void with Livers, who told him that they see him as a combo forward.
"I guess I'll try, I'm not much of a recruit guy like that," Livers said. "I already hit my boy Brian up, well I'm about to hit him up, and be like, well, this is where I'm going and see what his decision is."
As far as what's next for Livers, he doesn't have an official visit date set yet but one will be planned soon. For now, he's going to kick back and enjoy the rest of his summer now that his recruitment process is out of the way.
"Probably just going to relax, go to the gym, get my mind off things and that's the best way to get your mind off things by going to the gym," Livers said. "Probably chill with the family, have fun the rest of this summer and next summer I'll be at the University of Michigan getting ready for the season."