FRISCO, Texas – Rockwell (Texas) High 2018 linebacker Alston Orji is already rated the No. 1 outside linebacker in the Midlands region. So it should be no surprise that he holds an offer from Michigan, even though it took a little while for him to receive the good news.
“We were doing a morning workout and my coach told me Michigan offered sometime earlier that week, and he couldn’t get (me the info) cause he was at a coaching convention,” he recalled. “And just finding out was a little late, but it was well worth the wait. Michigan is a standout school for me. Their business program is amazing. Their team is really, really good, No.1 defense in the country last year.”
Adding: “I’ve been talking to coach (Greg) Mattison, and I’m really liking a lot of the conversation we’re talking about,” he said. "He’s talking about where they are going to be playing me if I go there. He told me about their business school. He didn’t really feel the need to talk about the football program, because it speaks for itself.”
And now that he has his Michigan offer, the four-star standout says he plans to visit Michigan sometime soon.
“I’m definitely going to try to visit,” he said. “I hope to be able to see the business school, get to more info about that. I already know what they can do on the football field, I just want to see their academics and get to know the coaches a little bit more.”
Whether he chooses Michigan or not, Orji says academics will play a major role in his final decision.
“I just want to end up at a school where I belong and where I fit and where I have a chance at my best future,” he said. “Because it’s not really about the four years, it’s about the next 40 years after that. Wherever I go I want it to be long term. I want whatever I do over there to last for me for a lifetime, to get me a job, but it’s all what I put into it.”
At the moment, Orji doesn’t have a planned commitment timeline.
“But I do know, once I know, that’s going to be my final decision, there will be no de committing, no switching up, my word will be my word,” he said.