Crockett's McCord Takes in Junior Day

The Wolverines will feature two defensive starters from Detroit Crockett this season. John Thompson and Brandon Graham are two former Rockets turned key players for the maize and blue. Although only a junior, DE Aaron McCord has Michigan and several other college football powers recruiting him. He talked to Go Blue Wolverine about his junior day experience in Ann Arbor.

One of the reasons Detroit Crockett is expected to have a successful season in2007 are line units that feature several highly recruited players. One of those is junior Aaron McCord, who started at both guard and defensive end as a sophomore.

The 6'3, 245-lb McCord is described as a "beast" by his teammates and showed the speed, aggressiveness and strength that earned him that moniker at several camps this summer. One of those was in Ann Arbor at the Wolverine Technique School, where he caught the eye of a certain defensive line coach and was invited back for junior day.

"They said our best friend will be our position coach so I took that in consideration and at lunch I sat with coach Strip and Mike Martin and talked and just enjoyed being there. They really didn't talk to me about offers or anything," he said of the event, "they really just talked about Crockett and how Brandon Graham and Johnny Thompson are doing, how they would love to have me there and how they heard about me from Coach Stripling."

Even though he had already been to Ann Arbor for the camp, this was the first chance for McCord to really take in the sights and sounds of campus and spend extended time with the coaching staff.

"The whole thing really opened my eyes up to Michigan," he reported, "The tour was great. I got a chance to chat with Coach Strip and Coach Campbell and I just had fun. I paid attention because I wanted to know more about the school."

McCord went to several camps this summer and his performances in addition to his strong sophomore season has him hearing from college football powers. He has drawn interest from Ohio State, MSU, Georgia, West Virginia, Kansas, Iowa, Purdue, Central Michigan and the Wolverines. While he doesn't have a favorite at this early stage, Saturday's junior day clearly made a big impression on the youngster.

"The best part was walking through the tunnel to the field," he said, "I mean, I've only seen it on TV and then I was standing right on it! It made me want to strap my pads up and go sack a quarterback while wearing a Michigan jersey."

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