QB Wienke Visits U-M, Closes In on a Decision

The top quarterback at the Michigan Camp last week was downstate-Illinois signalcaller John Wienke. Wienke made it back again to Ann Arbor yesterday (Friday) for an unofficial visit. He spoke Friday evening to GoBlueWolverine about it.

GoBlueWolverine spoke Friday evening to quarterback John Wienke (6-3+, 210) from Tuscola, Illinois. Wienke was at the Michigan Camp a week ago Wednesday, then returned yesterday for an unofficial visit.

"The visit went real well. It's Michigan ... so you expect a lot. But then I went through the actual visit -- and it was all I expected."

Wienke had his family in tow on the visit this time, including his dad who is head coach at Tuscola.

"Yes my mom went with me, and my dad, and also my brother and brother-in-law."

We asked John if it is true that he has a final two of Michigan and Iowa.

"It is Michigan and Iowa, and Illinois."

Wienke said he has tripped to all three of his favorites.

"I've been to Illinois several times, since it is just a short ways from my home. And I've been to Iowa, for a day at their camp."

"I don't thing I'll be making any more visits."

Wienke picked up most of his offers as he attended summer camps during the month of June, culminating at the Michigan Camp. He was the top QB at the U-M Camp for the week, and earned the one U-M QB camp offer. However, that seemed to surprised John just a little.

"I actually didn't think I threw that well at Michigan ... Michigan was the last of a month of camps, one after the other without a stop, and by the Michigan Camp my arm was tired. But I guess I did well enough for them to notice me."

A decision for the signal-caller is not far away.

"I plan to decide by mid-July."

And, lest Michigan fans think Wienke is merely a 'sleeper prospect', he finished with one last comment.

"Then at the end of the month I'm attending the Elite 11 quarterback camp in Southern California."

Note: U-M QB Chad Henne is expected to he a counselor at the Elite 11 this year.

Wienke has also picked up offers from Purdue, Colorado, Indiana and Kentucky, among others.

As a junior Wienke led his team to the state title and passed for 3,221 yards on 186 of 330 passing, 34 touchdowns and 7 ints. He also rushed for 401 yards and a TD on the ground, and he averaged 40.4 yards as a punter.

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