Fifties and windy is a mild fall day for most people in the northern United States. Some would call it classic football weather. To Titusville, FL wideout Willie Haulstead, what he saw of Michigan's football program was classic, but what he saw of the weather was not.
"It was a good trip," Haulstead said. "The only thing I didn't like was it was cold. Everything else was good. I liked how everybody was treating me. Everybody was friendly. They all have a good relationship with everybody."
The Wolverines' sales pitch was a byproduct of the play on the field, and there were a number of Maize & Blue representatives going out of their way to deliver it.
"They said I'm always going to have to compete, but there's a chance that I could be a true freshman playing… maybe even starting," Haulstead recalled. "Their record doesn't matter to me. They're going to be right in a couple of years. Coach Rodriguez was talking to me about coming there, what I liked to do, and what I wanted to get into when I got into school and everything. Coach (Rod) Smith was telling me I should come up there so they can get that thing rolling. Shavodrick Beaver was telling me I should come there too."
A future wearing the winged helmet is something Haulstead is considering more seriously in the aftermath of his time in Ann Arbor, but the Wolverines still have a some catching up to do.
"(The visit) moved them up a little bit. It was real good except the cold. They've got good surroundings up there. They're still second to Florida State. I think I'm going to go to Florida State or Michigan… one of them."
With his target date for a decision still a ways, there is still time to make up ground.
"(A decision will come) probably late December or early January," he said. "I think I'm going to take some other visits, but I don't know where yet."