His Recruiting Story
Participating in the Sound Mind Sound Body camp in Michigan after his freshman year, Vilain immediately jumped onto the radar of defensive line coach Greg Mattison. With a 6-foot-4, 205-pound frame back then, Vilain continued to grow and develop and so too did his bond with the Wolverines, ultimately offering a scholarship and receiving a verbal commitment in June of 2016.
"Vilain is explosive off the edge. He's extremely athletic and very strong. Vilian changes directions well, has great speed and is good in pursuit. He is very good against the run and the pass. Vilain also has a high motor and plays very hard. He needs to continue to work on his technique and develop some moves, but he has a very high ceiling and the potential to become a dominant player at the collegiate level."
“(The decision was made) basically when I was talking to coach Mattison,” Vilain recalled. “I was talking to him a lot over twitter and stuff like that, and established a relationship with him. We got real close. And Coach Harbaugh too. I decided to finalize it… to make my mind up and commit. I took the visit (on May 21st) as reassurance and I was proven right.”
“Coach Harbaugh was stunned because it was out of nowhere. He really wanted to make sure he talked to my mom. Coach Mattison was fired up all the way (too). He was really fired up.”
Not long after Corey Malone-Hatcher offered his pledge to Michigan, the Wolverines reeled in Vilain. With a healthy mix of interior talent to go with a pass rushing specialist like Vilain, a little weight and a little technique work should pave the way for an opportunity to factor in early in Ann Arbor.