Tarik Black didn't come to Michigan as an early enrollee to sit on the bench.
He's in Ann Arbor to compete for a starting role and that path seems ready for the taking. Of course, there's always going to be an adjustment period for young players to acclimate themselves to the collegiate level. Fortunately for Black, he's had mentors of the elder players to answer any questions he might have.
Even though he's still learning, the personal expectations for Black are still high.
"I have high expectations for myself," Black said. "I'm just looking to come in and learn the playbook, work my butt off and hopefully show the coaches that I can play and I have the ability to play as a freshman."
One look at Black during the spring game shows the potential he can mold himself into throughout his career in Ann Arbor. Despite being a highly touted recruit in high school, he believes he didn't receive much respect due to the fact he wasn't playing high school football in a recruiting hotbed.
That disrespect fuels him to be better and doesn't allow himself to rely on one specific area to mold him as the receiver he is today.
"I don't think there's one specific attribute that I have that shapes my game as a whole," Black said. "I have a lot of different attributes that makes me the receiver that I am. I've still got to get better... I've always had a chip on my shoulder coming from Connecticut because we didn't get much respect. Just working every day was it for me. I worked my tail off in high school and I wanted to show that I could play with the guys from Florida, Georgia, and California in all of these camps. Overall, just that hard work and work ethic that I have makes me the wide receiver that I am."