While the Michigan coaching staff is currently building its 2018 recruiting class, it certainly hasn't forgotten about the 2019 recruiting class either.
2019 6-foot-2, 301-pound defensive lineman Jacob Lacey, from South Warren High School (Bowling Green, KY), is one of the 2019 recruits that has personally heard from the Wolverines. Lacey recently spoke with defensive line coach Greg Mattison and liked what he heard so much that it prompted the young lineman to schedule a mid-week visit to Ann Arbor on Thursday.
"One of the analysts, Coach Nehlen, had my high school coach tell us to call," Lacey said. "We spoke to coach Nehlen on the phone and he said he likes my film and was passing it up to coach Mattison. The next day I got a call from my coach saying call Michigan as soon as possible. I called and they handed the phone to Coach Mattison, he said he loved my film and I was now on the top of their board for interior d-linemen. He also told me his story about putting guys in the pros, he talked for 15-20 minutes and said I needed to come down. [He mentioned] the spring game was not the best time to come because they want to roll out the carpet for me. [Mattison] wants to make sure I'm not 5'11, 250, those were his words. [Mattison] said a lot of great things. So much so we are headed there on Thursday. He also told us his philosophy of playing 7-8 guys and how I would fit in the rotation as a young guy."
While Lacey currently doesn't hold an offer U-M just yet, schools like Notre Dame, Tennessee, Penn State and Michigan State, among others, have thrown their hat into the ring for his services. While Lacey doesn't like to assume anything in life, he feels like his chances of landing an offer while on his visit are pretty good.
"Pretty much but I don't like assuming but we will see," Lacey said. "He said he just wants to make sure I'm not 5'11 otherwise I think so."
What kind of impact would an offer from the Wolverines have on his recruitment? He wasn't shy about his excitement at the thought of it.
"Oh lord, they would have to go near the top," Lacey said. "It's the Big House! Coach Harbaugh and Coach Mattison, wow! I can't wait to get up there."
While Lacey still has an entire year left to decide before the 2019 signing day comes and goes, he would like to wrap up the recruitment process soon rather than later. While he doesn't have a top list of suitors just yet, the Wolverines will certainly be making their mark once that coveted offer comes.
"I don't really have a top list yet but I will this summer," Lacey said. "I really would like to end it sooner rather than later. I don't know how those guys wait until signing day but if Michigan offers they would definitely be on any list of mine!"