Programs from coast to coast have thrown their hat into the ring for five-star, two-way athlete Kavario Middleton, but those within close proximity of his Pacific Northwest home have long had a distinct advantage. One of the few programs with a chance to pluck the Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes High standout from the west coast is the University of Michigan. The 6-6 240-pounder's big blue moment came a couple of weeks ago when the Wolverines offered him a scholarship.
“It was exciting to get an offer from Michigan," Middleton said. "They are a great program. I like them because they are gritty on offense and defense. Michigan is a program that I would like to play in."
Michigan fans can thank defensive coordinator Ron English for the Wolverines strong standing with Middleton. The talented youngster indicated that his relationship with Michigan's second-year defensive coordinator is one of the better ones he has developed during the recruiting process.
“Coach English is a cool dude," said Middleton. "He is not the type to beat around the bush. He is straight forward with what he has to say. He is not going to be texting me all the time just to talk. Coach English told me that when I want to talk, call him and we will talk. I like that about him."
Middleton is on the verge of trimming his list and plans to announce his finalists sometime in the next couple of weeks. He gave GoBlueWolverine a slight preview, and it was good news for Maize & Blue fans.
“I will be coming out with my list of top five schools, and Michigan will be one of those five schools that are chosen," he said.
Middleton's recruitment won't move much further than that this summer. He will not be taking any unofficial visits, opting instead to focus on working on his game in preparation for the upcoming season. Part of his improvement regimen calls for him to observe the games of a few NFL stars that he likes to pattern his game after.
"On defense, I like watching Julius Peppers because he plays fast and plays on instinct," he said. "I like aggressive passionate defense. I like to be very up-tempo and aggressive. On offense I like the way Tony Gonzalez catches the ball and how he uses his basketball skills on the field. I like the way he helps his team and the way he plays the game."
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Middleton in the coming months.