Is Michigan About to Reel in the Big Catch?

One of the top targets for Michigan was in attendence at today's Acadmic Day. Athlete <b>Antonio Bass</b> from Jackson, Mich. talked to GoBlueWolverine Magazine about the visit, and his chat with Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr. Is a commitment imminent?

Michigan has been at the top of list of schools for the services of athlete Antonio Bass for most of his recruitment. The Jackson, Mich. five-star standout returned from Academic Day in Ann Arbor, and gave the Wolverine staff some good news. "I talked to Coach Carr and told him I wanted to commit before the season, but I still wanted to take some visits," Bass said. "He said that would be fine. I wouldn't say I'm a commitment yet, but it's looking like it's going to be Michigan."

Bass is a talent that can be used in several positions on the gridiron. At 6 foot 1, 195-pounds, with 4.4 speed in the 40 he has the potential to see the field as a quarterback, wide receiver, or defensive back. There has been mention that Michigan is recruiting him as an athlete with the idea of him playing either the receiver or defensive back position, while Bass has maintained all along his desire to be the signal caller for whatever team he chooses. With the recent commitments of Michigan quarterback targets Rob Schoenhoft and Evan Sharpley to Ohio State and Notre Dame, respectively, did the possibility of being this years QB target come up? "Yes," Bass said. "Coach told me that Rob (Schoenhoft) had committed to Ohio State and they weren't going after any other quarterbacks, so if I wanted to take a shot at quarterback I could, and if it didn't work out I could try another position. That's about what they've been telling me all along so it isn't anything new."

There were other activities during the day beyond talking to the coaches. "I got there about 10:30 and things got started then," Bass said. "I saw Terrence Taylor there and a lot of other players I didn't know. There were a lot of juniors and some sophomores too. We looked at the classrooms and talked to the academic support people. We also got to walk around campus and see what it's like, I liked that a lot."

The group also ran into some current Wolverines. "We talked to Steve Breaston and some of the other players," Bass said. "We asked them about the academics at Michigan and how tough it is. They all said it was tough but there was a lot of help for us if we needed it."

Bass said he was supposed to take an unofficial visit to Syracuse soon, but won't because of the cost of the trip. Practice starts for Jackson August 9. Bass said he'd like to visit Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Michigan State, and LSU during the season. If he does commit to U-M before the season, is there anything that would sway him away from the Wolverines? "I really have no idea," he said.

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