Michigan Offers Firsts, is 1st, For Witty

The Deerfield Beach athlete took his first official visit to Michigan this past weekend. Did the snowstorm affect his thoughts? Did he come out with an early leader?

Adrian Witty was finally able to make an official visit and get his recruiting process in high gear.  The Wolverines hosted the Deerfield Beach (Fla.) prospect over this past recruiting weekend.  It offered many first time experiences for the do-it-all athlete.

  "It was fun!" an excited Witty told GBW.  "I got to meet a lot of the football players and the coaches, and check out the atmosphere around there.  It was my first time experiencing the snow, my first time on a flight, just my first time for everything."

  Witty was also accompanied by a friend and teammate Denard Robinson, whom he calls "Shoelace."  While they may be deep in the state of Florida, the offerings of a weekend with a winter blast was somewhat surprisingly accepted with open arms by both prospects.

  "It was exciting.  As soon as we got there, me and Shoelace started playing in the snow, throwing snow balls at each other.  It was my first visit and his third, so he had more experience in going on visits."

  Many have expected the two to be considered a package deal, and while that could be the case, it's not something either insists is a must to land either signature in February.

  "I've said we can both go together if we want too, but if we don't, we don't.  We got a couple of teams we've both been offered by."

  The man spearheading the recruitment of Witty is defensive backs coach Tony Gibson.  Gibson has built up a reputation of being a great recruiter, building strong relationships and bonds with those he recruits, and it's no different in Witty's case.

  "Coach Gibson is recruiting me.  We've built up a solid relationship.  It's how you want to be.  We can talk to each other, and you know he can take care of you if you need it."

  With a first time visit out of the way, many have wondered if the Wolverines firmly placed themselves ahead of the pack to secure a commitment from him.  So GBW asked him: are the Wolverines now your current leader?

  "Yeah, you could say that," asnwered Witty.  "I've seen the school now.  As I go through the other schools now, I got to think and compare."

  Many of the recruits that Michigan hosted this past weekend have claimed to been involved in a snow ball fight, amongst other things, with the new U-M coaches who've stressed and demonstrate the family atmosphere in Ann Arbor.  Witty saw it the exact same way.

  "That's what you want.  You want to feel at home with the coaches and have a good bond with everyone and your teammates.  Everyone welcomed us like we were already there.  You've got to feel welcome.  If you're not, then why should you be there?"

  Though the Maize & Blue are indeed the current leaders for Witty's services, Michigan fans shouldn't expect an announcement to come anytime soon.  Witty still has a few more visits to settle before any decision can be reached.

  "It all depends.  If I have to wait to Signing Day, then I will.  I have Kansas State this weekend, and hopefully I'll still go to Florida on the 23rd and FIU on the 30th."


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