The Michigan Wolverines have made a strong push in the recruitment of Massillon, Ohio big man Kenny Frease in recent months. All of that hard work has paid off in the form of an unofficial visit that is scheduled to commence later today. Frease will be accompanied by his mom, dad, and a few friends while in Ann Arbor and all are excited about taking in the weekend's festivities.
"It is going to be a lot of fun coming up this weekend,"" Frease said. "I have been looking forward to this. I had a chance to talk with Coach Amaker on Tuesday night our conversation went real well. Coach is really excited to have me come up."
Frease's experience with Amaker company could go a long way toward helping the Wolverines make up more ground on the seven-footer's current leader, Xavier. The Muskateers have resided atop youngster's list since the beginning of his recruitment because they were the first school to offer him…having done so between his freshman and sophomore years. So the question now is does Michigan, or any other school for that matter, have a legitimate chance at unseating his favorite.
"Yes," responded Frease. "I think it is very unrealistic to commit to a school without visiting others and you can’t know about a school unless you visit. I will be looking for a lot of things on my visits. I will be looking at how the players interact with each other, how the players get along with the coaches, and how do I fit in with the players."
One of the players Frease is really excited to see is 2007 commitment Corperryale Harris. While at the Nike All America camp this summer he didn't know that Harris was on the verge of committing to the Michigan, but he did know what kind of player Harris is.
"That kid can really play," Frease recalled. "He is the one kid at camp that I had problems with. I just couldn’t block his shot when he got into the lane. He is a VERY good player”.
As important as it is for Frease to see how he connects with his prospective teammates, he is placing an even greater emphasis on his interaction with the coaching staff.
"You have to be able to talk to the coaches face to face to see where they are coming from," he said. “When I am talking with Coach Amaker and Coach Moore, I never feel like they are trying to hide anything from me. They are always very genuine in what they say to me."
A few other coaches will get similar opportunities to make their in-person pitches when Frease visits Notre Dame the weekend of the Michigan game and Ohio State for the Buckeyes match-up with Penn State. For now, though, those visits are on the backburner as he prepares to take a closer look at what the Maize and Blue have to offer.
GoBlueWolverine will have much more on Frease in the coming days.