Four-star defensive end Tyreke Smith didn’t know what to expect when he decided to take a trip to Michigan. He knew he had offer from the Wolverines, but the rest of what he knew about U-M he either heard from a friend or on television.
Then, well, he made his way to Ann Arbor, Mich., and his interest in the Wolverines has since changed in a positive direction.
“To be honest, it was a great visit for me,” Smith said. “It was my first time being up in Ann Arbor. So that was definitely a great time for me and my family. We went up, I toured the campus. It was a great campus, very nice. I toured the facilities, and then I went to spring practice and talked to coach (Jim) Harbaugh. I talked to coach (Greg) Mattison, it was a great visit.”
And the message from U-M’s coaching staff was clear, says Smith: he’s wanted at Michigan.
“They definitely want me to come there,” Smith said. “They definitely want to make an impact there. They think I have tremendous upside to my game since I haven’t played; I stopped for a little bit, now I am back up. They still believe in me and stuff like that.”
Smith’s interest in Michigan has raised since his visit, he explains, just getting on campus played a huge role in his sparked interest.
“Just because I hadn’t been up there,” Smith said. “It was what I had seen from TV form people and what I heard from people, but I wanted to see it from my own eyes. The campus is beautiful, the coaches are all nice people, I just want to develop a relationship from here.”
Adding: “They are definitely higher on my list than before because I hadn’t been there. It’s a nice area. Michigan’s education is definitely tops beyond public schools. Education is a big part of my decision. You can’t play without an education.”
Along with Michigan, Smith says his other notable offers include Ohio State, USC, Penn State, LSU, Oklahoma and Oregon. He says he plans to checkout USC and UCLA this July, and possibly Alabama and LSU this summer.
As far as a decision timeline, Smith says he would like to commit before his senior season, but will still take his five official visits.