Michigan, Ohio State, and Indiana were the top three teams on defensive lineman Dexter Larimore's list the last time GoBlueWolverine.com spoke with the Merrillville, Ind., star. He took his fourth official visit (second for football) to Ann Arbor on Saturday, and was able to watch two of those teams play. Michigan handily defeated Indiana 41-14, and while Larimore had already been to U-M for unofficial visits for the Notre Dame and Minnesota games, this trip was different.
"It was really nice in that I was able to get to see how the coaches were are," Larimore said, "how they react to the players and how they were with me. They're a little more personable away from the game. I also got a chance to talk to some of the players and listen to them talk about Coach Stripling and how much they like him, what he does for them. I really liked what I heard. The trip definitely moves Michigan up, and now I'd say it's between Michigan and Ohio State."
He said Will Johnson was his host for the weekend, along with Zoltan Mesko. During the game itself Larimore said he sat with Michigan offensive line commitment Justin Boren, and the two hit it off nicely. "It's the first time I'd met him," Larimore said. "We talked a lot about Michigan and got along pretty good."
Accompanied by his parents, Larimore said he was also able to take in more of the academic side of Michigan during his visit. "I'm really impressed not only with Michigan, but will all the Big Ten schools in how they are set up to help football players academically," he said. "My parents really like Sherri Acho, and thought the whole trip went well." Larimore is a 3.5 student who is academically qualified.
Larimore said he will make a return trip to Ann Arbor on Saturday to take in the Michigan - Ohio State game. "I've never been to that game in either stadium," he said. "I'm really looking forward to it, and seeing what it's like for a big game."
The 6-foot-3, 260-pound Larimore said he will be taking his last official visit to Ohio State on Dec. 2. He had made his official to Indiana for the Nov. 4 weekend.
Merrillville won the Sectional Title by defeating Penn on Friday by a score of 7-0, and will face Hamilton Southeastern next week.
Larimore is also a top wrestler, and had actually taken his first two official visits for wrestling, to MSU and Iowa State. Larimore has stated in the past that he knew he most likely would not be able to participate in both sports at the next level, and he now appears set on his course. "I'm sure I'll be playing football in college," he said. "Especially when I'm considering places like Michigan and Ohio State -- football is king there and would take up all my time."
A Christmas-time decision is still in the plans, Larimore said.
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