With the early signing period just two months away the Michigan basketball working hard to reel in another player or two for the class of 2009. Will Barrett could be one of those players. The talented 6-8 forward took an official visit to Ann Arbor with his dad last weekend and reports having a great time.
"I loved it," said Barrett who officially received his offer from Michigan headman, John Beilein. "It was everything I expected it to be. The players were awesome. I met with the head of the business school and I spent team with the coaches. I had a lot of fun".
Freshman center Ben Cronin served as Barrett's host, but he wasn't the only Wolverine that made a lasting impression.
Said Barrett, "I had a good time with Stu Douglass and Zach Novak as well."
While it's clear that he had many of enjoyable moments while on campus, Barrett's interaction with Beilein stuck out the most.
"Coach Beilein is a great guy and a great coach," he said. "He took me in his office and we were looking at clips of me playing to show me some things I was doing wrong. Then he talked to me about helping me to correct them."
It's not the first time Beilein has prepared such clips for recruits, and each time they came away very impressed. For Barrett, it was another factor moving him toward the Maize & Blue.
"Michigan is a big time school and it would be a great opportunity for me," the versatile youngster said. "(Coach Beilein) is excited about what I can do on and off the ball. I really like the way Coach Beilein develops players and I think he will make me into the best I can be."
Assistant coach Jerry Dunn merits an assist in Michigan's strong standing as well.
"Coach Dunn is one of the classiest and nicest persons you will meet," Barrett said. "He is a great coach and I can tell he loves what he does."
In addition to Michigan, Barrett is also considering Penn St., Davidson, Columbia, and William & Mary, but right now the Wolverines appear to be front and center for him.
"I love the place," Barrett admitted. "I like the close knit community and everyone made me feel right at home".
At this point the only thing standing between Barrett and a final decision is the advice and approval of those closest to him.
"I am going to talk with my parents, my high school coach Jason Campbell and my AAU coach Tony Saglna," he said. "If my parents and coaches think it is the right place then we will see. I would like to get it out of the way early".
Is Barrett on the verge of becoming Michigan's third commitment in the class of 2009? Stay tuned.