Kicker Anthony Fera, one of the maize and blue's commitments laughs off all the doom and gloom talk, as his knowledge of what is happening inside the program gives him insight into the greener pastures which lay ahead.
"Their season's not affecting my commitment at all," he said, "Give them two or three years ad they're going to be back. Their strength and conditioning coach (Mike Barwis), you don't get better than him and coach Rodriguez doesn't have his players yet. I think my class will help a lot, we have two great quarterbacks in Shavodrick Beaver and Tate Forcier and three good linemen coming in on defense, we're going to be really good in a couple years."
Fera's St. Pius X squad is really good right now. The team is 4-1 overall and 2-0 in their district. Fera is perfect on extra points and 4/5 on field goals. At 6'2, 230-lbs, he is one of the bigger kickers around and has played other positions before, but is sticking strictly to kicking this year.
"My coach won't let me play other positions," he explained, "It's fine with me. It's probably better for me, so I don't get injured or risk getting injured."
A few weeks back, Fera took his official visit to Michigan and saw a Wolverines win over Wisconsin. However, it was what he saw outside the Big House which reaffirmed his commitment.
"It was a great trip, it helped a lot with the business school, they told me all the requirements. I met Mike Barwis, he's a great guy. He's a really hyper, hyped up guy. I met Shari Acho, the academic director and talked to Coach Rodriguez and talked to some of the players, it helped a lot."
Several of the players and recruits Fera met are guys he will be spending lots of time with over the next few years.
"My host was the long snapper, Sean Griffin. He introduced me to the deep snapper for next year and all the kickers and punters. I also met Teric Jones and J.T. Turner, they're good guys. Actually, I met William Campbell too, they're all cool guys."