In fact, the rising sophomore started to hear from U-M assistant Jay Harbaugh in the fall, and says he expects to hear from the Wolverines moving forward this spring.
“I talked to Jay Harbaugh during the season, he said he’s going to come back in the spring and we’re going to talk then,” Gunnel said, adding: “I like him, we just talked about basketball too, it wasn’t just about football."
While Michigan has yet to extend an offer to Gunnel, he acknowledged he would be interested to get to know more about U-M’s program.
“I don’t know a lot about Michigan,” he said. “I know coach (Jim) Harbaugh is the dude. I would love to get up there and learn about the program and what he’s doing with it.”
And Gunnell made it clear, he would visit if asked.
“If they come by in the spring and want me to come up, I’ll go up there,” Gunnel said of U-M. “But I would like just to see what they would do with the program. (Harbaugh) is doing great so far from what I’ve heard. I would like to see the academic side also.”
Upcoming, Gunnel says he plans to visit Oklahoma State, Arkansas and Florida State. He also noted that he plans to announce his commitment before his junior season this summer.
“(I am looking for) a place I can compete and a place I can always compete for championships in conference and also national,” he said. “But also academics and a place I feel like home.”