Schilling Talks About Michigan Visit

U.S. Army All-American Bowl offensive line selection Steve Schilling of Bellevue, Wash., High School was in Ann Arbor last weekend on his first official visit of the recruiting season. He talks with about the trip, and where he stands with his final four.

Bellevue High School's bid for a fifth-straight Washington State football title was dashed on Nov. 19 when the Wolverines fell to Prosser 38-35. Along with the season and title streak, the high school football career of Bellevue offensive lineman Steve Schilling also came to an end.

The No. 3 rated offensive lineman in the country, according to, can now focus on where he'll play at the next level. This past weekend the big man was in Ann Arbor on the first of the four official visits he'll take during his recruiting. He'd been to Michigan back in May, and he compared the two trips in an e-mail to

"It was a lot like my unofficial trip in the sense of what I did and who I met with," he said. "But it was definitely more extensive and more informative. I met with Coach Carr more than I had on my unofficial trip, and I also got to spend a lot more time with Coach Moeller."

Schilling obviously didn't commit during the visit, and is also non-commital on who leads among his final four of Michigan, Cal, USC, and Washington.

"The trip did not move Michigan up or down," he said. "I have said for a while that I have my list of final four schools, and those will be my equal favorites until I commit or have to eliminate one when it come closer to (Signing) Day."

The 6-foot-5, 290-pound Schilling said his Wolverine host was freshman offensive lineman Cory Zirbel, and that he spent time with freshman OL David Mooseman and others (Mark Ortmann, Tim McAvoy, Justin Schifano). "The other recruits I was with were mainly Justin Boren, Perry Dorrestein and John Ferrara," he said. "I had a good time with them and I got to see the Michigan atmosphere through the players' eyes."

"There were just a lot of good, genuine people."

Schilling said he would be heading to Cal-Berkeley this weekend, then to USC on Dec. 16.

The Army All-American players report to San Antonio, Texas on Jan. 1 to begin practice for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 7, after which, Schilling said, he would visit Washington on Jan. 14.

"I'm hoping to have my decision a week or two after the Washington trip."

Will he keep wearing the Winged Helmet?

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