Mustapha Muhammad saw much of what Michigan had to offer when he visited campus last June, but he didn’t get to witness the game day atmosphere. That issue was resolved this weekend when he returned for the Wolverines’ annual spring game.
“It was pretty good from start up to now,” Muhammad said via phone Saturday evening. “The fans welcomed me on twitter and stuff, and the coaches are really welcoming as well. And they really really wanted me. It has been a pretty good visit so far.”
The performances of the tight ends on the day, which included a 55-yard touchdown strike from Brandon Peters to Zach Gentry, also made strong impressions.
“It was a pretty fun and exciting game,” Muhammad said. “The offense looked good.“
The prominence of his position Jim Harbaugh’s passing attack wasn’t a revelation to Muhammad. The potential for new tight ends coach Greg Frey to hone the other part of his game, was.
“(Frey) was a really down to earth guy and he can really help me with my game and on the blocking side of things,” said Muhammad. “He can really help me out because he used to be an offensive line coach. He’s very experienced in the part that I need.”
That was among Muhammad’s biggest takeaways from the weekend, but there were definitely others. Another memorable aspect of his time in Ann Arbor was how well the Wolverine faithful received him.
“The fans were crazy,” a clearly beaming Muhammad said. “They really loved me and asked for a lot of autographs. It was a welcoming trip back.”
“Surprisingly a lot of people knew who I was. First and last name, (and they) knew I was from Texas. They were happy to see me.”
If that wasn’t enough, Michigan’s class-of-2018 commitments also did their part in trying to lure Muhammad into the fold.
“They were definitely recruiting me,” he said. “They want me to be a part of their team and join the Wolverine family. I would probably say Emil Ekiyor (was on me the hardest). We talked the most out of all the other guys.”
The obvious question in the aftermath of all of that is did the Maize & Blue collective accomplish its goal. Rumors of a decision by the four-star standout began flowing Saturday, but he insisted such talk is premature.
“I’m still deciding,” said Muhammad. “I have a lot of decisions to make. It’s a pretty big decision for me. I’m still going to take things slow no matter what. Nothing is official yet. I’ve been getting texts about (commitment rumors) that all day, but I’m still an open recruit.”
“I’m definitely taking my visits,” he continued. “I’ve always told myself that I plan on committing on national signing day. That’s when I want to publicly announce where I decide to go to school.”
Publicly might be the operative word. Many recruits opt to go through the recruiting process silently committed to one school, while visiting and evaluating others. That option is on the table for Muhammad.
“It’s very likely that’s what’s going to happen,” he said.
Michigan’s chances of being that school appear to be better after Muhammad’s latest visit to the Great Lakes State, but exactly where the Wolverines stand on his current list is a closely guarded secret.
“I can’t tell you all of that, man” Muhammad said laughingly. “That’s a little classified.
“They definitely impressed. They moved up and increased their stock with me because It was a welcoming visit. It’s my second time coming back over here and I like what I saw.”
The Lone State Star plans to announce his pared down list of next month. From there his attention will turn to setting his visit schedule.
“In the summer I know for sure I’m going out to California to visit USC and UCLA,” he said. “Other than that I don’t have many other visits planned. I have to get ready for the SAT in May.”