In many instances, a disappointing loss while on a recruiting trip can put a damper on the occasion for the prospect. Fortunately for Michigan, that isn't true for Gaithersburg (MD) Quince Orchard high DE Jason Ankrah.
"It was great," Ankrah said of his weekend visit to Ann Arbor. "I loved it. Even though they lost, I still had a good time."
Had the trip consisted of only the game, the Wolverines may have had something to worry about. But because of the strength of the rest of the visit the Maize & Blue has actually established itself as a more formidable presence in Ankrah's recruitment.
"I got to eat dinner, talk with coaches, and just go out and hang with the players," he recalled. "The best things were spending time with the academic supporter (Shari Acho)… she is real cool, the strength and conditioning coach (Mike Barwis)… he knows what he is doing, and then talking to Rich Rodriguez."
As was the case for teammate Travis Hawkins, the personal time turned in by Acho and Barwis proved to be quite memorable.
"It was just how dedicated she is and how much fun she has in trying to help the players succeed," Ankrah said of Acho. I like it."
"(Barwis) is a psycho guy, but he is cool," he continued. "He is psycho strong too. He showed us some one-handed pushup type stuff that he did and how he got the players to do that. It was like ‘wow.' So hopefully he can do me like that."
In his conversation with Rodriguez, Ankrah heard the first year headman's vision for the future and how he might fit into it.
"He was saying that they were building a whole new program and how he needs guys like us and how at West Virginia he had walk-ons and changed them into NFL players," said Ankrah regarding Rodriguez. "When he gets the athletes that he needs at Michigan, he can make it even twice as (good). That sounds like something I want to be part of. He said that I could come in and make an impact early. Michigan is high (on his list)… like in the top three."
With visits still left to Penn State, Virginia Tech, and maybe Nebraska, Ankrah is still on track to make his decision by the end of his season. That said, he also made it clear that he has no firm timeline.
"I can make a decision by tomorrow through like the end of the season," he said.
Meaning it could come at anytime?
"Yeah," he stated.
One of the factors that could affect the timing is what Hawkins opts to do, but both youngsters indicated that they will concentrate first on what's best for them individually.
"We talk about (playing together in college) a lot," Ankrah admitted. "That is why whenever we plan our officials, we kind of go together. But he wants to go see Florida State and I want to see some other different places so we'll see."GoBlueWolverine will have more on Ankrah in the coming weeks.