Bellevue, Wash., High School
Position Rank: No. 3
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His Recruiting Story
Hometown school Washington was the first to offer Schilling, but he made it clear from the beginning that fact made no difference in his decision. He made good on that when he signed with Michigan on Feb. 1.
Although not the first to offer, the Wolverines were in early with the top prospect, with the U-M staff attending one of his basketball games during Schilling's junior year. Having never been to Michigan at the time, he said the U-M reputation was what initially piqued his interest in Michigan. When GoBlueWolverine.com first spoke with Schilling in March, Michigan defensive backs coach Ron English had just stopped by Bellevue. The No. 3 lineman in the country according to Scout.com is accustomed to the Winged Helmet as Bellevue's nickname is also the Wolverines.
The 6-foot-5, 290-pound Schilling first ventured with his father to Michigan in March for an unofficial visit. After finally getting a chance to see the Ann Arbor campus, Michigan moved further up the list of favorites for the big man. Though not willing to list favorites, the city of Ann Arbor already filled one Schilling requirement - the college town atmosphere he wanted to experience.
Schilling took all of his official visits after the conclusion of his season, with Michigan getting his first during the weekend of Dec. 2. His mom accompanied him on this trip. Once again, the city of Ann Arbor was mentioned. However, no solid hints on who led were coming from the Schilling camp.
After canceling twice, Schilling finally took his official visit to USC in January. His report from the visit to Los Angeles was less than glowing, and he dropped the Trojans immediately following his return.
Right up until the end most analysts felt Schilling would stay on the West Coast. On Jan. 26 the news broke that he had selected Michigan.
Schilling did not attend any camps over the spring and summer, so the first chance we had to see him in person was at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl game events in January. As he was throughout his recruiting, Schilling was a quiet person. However, he was very polite and willing to talk when asked. The Army week was a time for him to touch base with a friend he made during his official visit to Michigan - fellow offensive lineman, and Michigan commitment, Justin Boren. GBW learned shortly after the game that the two had discussed the possibility of being roommates in Ann Arbor. Boren confirmed this during the GBW/WTKA Signing Day Show.
Finally being able to see Schilling in person showed why he was one of the top lineman prospects on the country. He was extremely quick and agile for a man his size. Although recruited as a tackle, he showed his athletic skills by doing an admirable job at the guard position for the West team.
The first solid hint that Schilling gave that he was leaning towards Michigan was the fact that GBW was the only major media service contacted regarding his situation following the Army game. Following his visit to Michigan, and just prior to the Army week, he had been virtually silent regarding his recruiting.