When Absecon, NJ linebacker Marcus Witherspoon visited Michigan’s campus in early April, there was little doubt in his mind that he would eventually be don a winged helmet. But rather than making his pledge at that time, he opted instead to take a step back in order to assure he wasn’t making a hasty decision. In addition, he also wanted to get approval from those whose opinion he values most.
“I brought my dad up here (to Ann Arbor) to see if he was going to like it and see if he would feel the same way I felt,” Witherspoon said. “He likes it as much as I do. What really made me decide to commit was asking myself ‘What more do I really need? ‘‘What more do I want?’ ‘What more do I need to see? It just feels right there.”
The aspect of the visit that confirmed that feeling for Witherspoon was his interaction with the people that make up the Michigan program. He got better acquainted with players like Obi Ezeh and Greg Banks, but was particularly impressed by the relationships he forged with the coaches and the support staff.
“I spent a lot of time with all of the coaches,” said Witherspoon. “I spoke with Coach Carr for a while, I talked to Coach Szabo, and I met some of the other coaches too. I sat and talked with Coach English and basically the whole defensive staff. In high school, I play WILL, I play inside… I basically play everything. Coach English and Coach Szabo see me as a WILL linebacker at Michigan.”
“The key thing (in the decision) was everything,” he continued. “I already talked about all of the coaches. Ms. Shari (Acho) who works on the academic side… she was a key too. It was the whole thing. The people were great. (Recruiting coordinator) Chris Singletary… that’s my man. He was on me. He did not want to let me leave. He’s a really good guy. I just knew it was the place for me. Now that that’s out of the way, I’m just going to have fun in my senior year of high school.”
Unlike Witherspoon, fellow Garden State linebacker J.B. Fitzgerald hasn’t yet decided to end his recruitment. However, if his visit to Ann Arbor this weekend is any indication of where things stand, the Wolverines are in extremely good shape with him.
“I was just with J.B.,” Witherspoon said. “That was my first time meeting him but it seems liked he really loved it and it looked like his parents loved it too. It’s just a matter of him making his own decision. Me personally, there is nothing more I need to see in a college or in the people at the college.”