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La. 2018 Safety 'Shocked' by Michigan Offer

New Orleans (La.) McDonogh 2018 safety Joseph Foucha reflects on Michigan offer, plans to visit.

NEW ORLEANS -- Already with top offers from Alabama, Auburn and Florida State, New Orleans (La.) McDonogh 2018 safety Joseph Foucha added another national power to his resume when Michigan extended a scholarship his way recently.

“I received the news during lunch, my coach gave me the phone and I just started talking, we introduced ourselves, he told me I had an offer from Michigan. I was shocked that came way down here to offer me.”

In fact, Foucha was quick to compare himself to a former Michigan great, Jabrill Peppers.

“He sticks out to me because all those things he can do, he can move around the field and I can move around the field,” he explained. “If you check my highlights I can play offense, kick return, punt return, all that. And I can actually feel I can do it better than he did it.

“I’m saying it now, yes sir.”

Now that he has his offer from Michigan, what’s Foucha’s interest level overall in the Wolverines?

“There is a lot of interest in Michigan, I talk to coach (Brian) Smith like every other day,” he said. “I hit him all the time, any time I need to he responds. I ask him questions and stuff like that, so now I just want to review the campus and feel the vibes of the school.”

Foucha further added, he plans to visit Ann Arbor for U-M’s annual spring game on April 15.

“I just want to see how the team and coach act during spring camp,” he said. “How their work ethic is and how they approach spring practice.”

While Michigan isn’t next door, Foucha says distance isn’t playing a huge factor in his recruitment. 

“I wouldn’t mind going too far versus staying, because that’s the type of player I am,” he said. “That’s why I just want to go and see practice and see if I feel like it’s home, then I wouldn’t mind staying.”

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