Michigan defensive coordinator Ron English made his way through his old stomping grounds Monday when he ventured to Avondale, AZ to check in on five-star defensive end Everson Griffen. The visit was unique in that it saw English spend as much time with Griffen's family as he did with the young man himself.
"He was talking mainly to my mom," Griffen said. "I had practice and I had talked to him a lot before, so he came out mainly to talk to my mom."
Griffen visited Ann Arbor back in October for the game against Iowa and came away impressed. It was during that visit that he got more of a feel for how big of a role distance from home and the weather might play in his decision. It was then that he also got a better feel for the Wolverines coaching staff.
"Neither of those are factors," Griffen said regarding weather and distance. "(Coach English) said I would play, but I know you always have to go in and compete for a starting position, so that's not an issue either. The most significant factors in my decision will be he coaches, the players, and what I'll major in. I think it will be business, but I don't know yet."
"I like Michigan's coaches," he continued. "They're cool. Every coach gives you a different look. Coach English is always fired up. Coach Carr is fired up sometimes too."
When asked whether he preferred a more relaxed coaching style as opposed to one that is more fired up and aggressive, Griffen indicated that he's pretty flexible.
"It doesn't matter," he said. "My coach in high school did enough yelling at me, so I think I could handle it if I had a coach like that (laughing)."
The coaches whose styles Griffen will be choosing between has already been determined. With four visits under his belt, he plans now to decide among those. That choice may come sooner rather than later.
"I've visited USC, Notre Dame, Michigan, Oregon," said Griffen. "I'm done (with visits). I might decide at the Army All American Game. I don't know yet. It's either going to be before the Army All-American Game or at the Army All-American Game."
Griffen denied a leader when asked by GoBlueWolverine, but he told Scout.com earlier this week that he was "leaning pretty heavily to USC." That article also suggested that Griffen could make an announcement as early as this week.
Stay tuned for more on this youngster in the coming days and weeks.