So how was the visit?
“It was great. It went really well. I came up Saturday morning. I had breakfast with the other recruits and then we went and met with Ms. Shari (Acho) and talked about the academic part. Then I talked to Coach Gittleson and Coach Kev (Tolbert) about weight lifting, nutrition, speed mechanics, and stuff like that. Then we walked over to the game, and afterward we went out with the players.”
Was the visit everything you expected?
“Yeah…and more. It’s Michigan football so excellence is something that really pops out. I expected a lot and I got more. From the players the players to the coaches…everything went really well.”
Had you been getting a lot of flack from other coaches and friends about Michigan’s 0-2 start?
“No. I know from first hand experience that you can have a great team and come out, think you’re great, smell yourself too much, and then end up disappointed. Almost every year I’ve been in high school we’ve come out 2-0 and then lost our third game to a team that we weren’t supposed to lose to. Michigan coming out 0-2 or 2-0 didn’t really matter to me. I don’t really read too much into how schools are doing at that point. I know it’s Michigan football, so it’s not that the talent isn’t there. Sometimes you just need a reality check to remind you that this is a game and it can go both ways.”
What did you think of the game?
“I thought the team was cohesive. The defense played really well. Jamar Adams played a great game. The defense was just flying to the ball …11 hats on the ball. There was a lot of blitzing. It was a really aggressive style and they were fired up. The offense at certain times looked lackadaisical, but then on the next play, BOOM! Big play. Mike Hart did great. He’s a workhorse. He had 44 carries and that’s hard to do with a thigh bruise. Then Ryan Mallett, a freshman quarterback, comes out and gets the job done. It's easy to see why they are what they are. You see why they can still win the Big Ten. That’s one of the biggest thing I really like about Michigan.”
What were some of the things you talked to the players about?
“Well, we talked about me coming there, but it wasn’t a bunch of speeches. It was more…’This is Michigan, this is what you’re going to get if you come here…you’re going to be in an environment where if you play hard, work hard in practice, do what you need to do, and take every rep serious, you can play.’ You can be a freshman or a senior… it doesn’t really matter. That’s what I talked to the players about; the chance to play and the chance to perform.’
Did you get a chance to get more face time with Coach English?
“Oh definitely. I talked to Coach English for (a while). We’ve talked before on the phone and stuff about coming up there and seeing what it is like. Now that I’ve seen it first hand, I see what he’s talking about. It was really cool talking him.”
So did the coaches indicate that early playing time would be available?
“Yeah, they said that, but they also said that they are not going got make any promises. That’s something they don’t do. They’re not going to say, ‘You’re going to come in and start if you come here.’ I don’t even want to hear that I’m going to come in and start. I know that this game is based on how well you perform. I’m not going to go and simply believe somebody that says, ‘You’re going to go in and start.' I know Michigan was straightforward with me. They said, ‘If you perform, do what we want you to do … do what we know you can do, and it’s what the team needs … then you can start. Until we see that you can perform we can’t say that.’ I know I can perform and do what I need to do, so I can see myself playing there.”
One of the things we talked about before was the possibility of you running track in college. Did they cover that with you while you were on campus?
“Yes. The track coaches came out and I talked to Jeff Porter (one of the captains on last season’s track team) a lot. I talked to the track coaches about doing both and they said that they really want me to do both because they had the 60 meter national champion and they want to continue to build up its history of having good hurdlers. They said I would be a part of bringing that to the University.”
Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for part two of our feature on Spencer Adams in which he discusses his list of favorites and where Michigan currently stands in his recruitment on the heels of his impressive visit.