Now, he is trying to bring that to Ann Arbor and he did not have to look far to start it off as Pioneer High quarterback Nader Furrha recently decided he would join the Wolverines.
"I made that decision pretty recently," he said, "I mean, they're in need at quarterback, that's where they struggled a little bit. I think I can go in and compete for the job. I think I can play Division 1 (FBS) ball and I need to take the opportunity while I have it."
After Nick Sheridan, a fellow walk-on, started a handful of games a year ago, there is little room to doubt Furrha. Especially not after looking at his high school resume; he was twice named to the Ann Arbor News All-Area 1st team and made All-State honorable mention as a senior. In that year, he lead the Pioneers to a 7-3 record and passed for 1,100 yards, seven touchdowns and rushed for 1,168 yards and 14 scores.
However, he says any new offers will not change his mind as the chance to don the maize and blue and play in the stadium he has been looking at with desiring eyes every day, was just too much to pass up, particularly with Rodriguez, a former walk-on himself, at the helm.
"He said I'll get a fair opportunity like the rest of the guys. I'm not going to be treated any differently.
I know he was a walk-on and I'm pretty sure he's going to be fair about it, so I'm taking this opportunity, It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to play Michigan football. It's right in my backyard, I grew up in Ann Arbor and it will be a dream coming up that tunnel."
Furrha says he will join the Wolverines officially in June.