In the 2010 recruiting class, Rich Rodriguez and his Wolverines have seemingly put a premium on recruiting along both sides of the lines. Offensive tackle Andrew Donnal is just more proof of that. Receiving an offer from the Wolverines, the Whitehouse, Ohio native tripped ten days ago to the Wolverines' Junior Day and Night of Champions events.
"They offered me about two weeks ago, and I got the letter for a full ride," Donnal told GoBlueWolverine. "I went to their Junior Day and first spring practice on Friday and Saturday. I met up with Coach Frey and the line, and talked with them. I got to meet some other recruits, too."
"We took a tour of the facilities, the indoor fields, the weight room and training room. We saw the Wolverine Olympics. Some of us recruits came back in the morning to watch the first spring practice. And I came back and met up one on one with Coach Frey, and then met up with some of the Michigan players from my area, Elliott Mealer and Kevin Koger. I walked around with them, then we went to practice."
Although Rodriguez and company put special emphasis on recruiting high school teammates and friends, this is a case they couldn't have anticipated, as Mealer and Koger were both recruited in Lloyd Carr's class. Turns out Donnal's connection to Mealer goes back at least a few years.
"I knew Elliott briefly through AAU basketball. We played for the same organization. It definitely is good to have people you know there, so it's easier to ask how they like things and get their input that way. He (Mealer) only had a bunch of positive things to say. He really likes Coach Rodriguez and Coach Frey. He said it was just a really good decision for him to make."
While it may have been a great decision for Mealer to make, Michigan fans are more concerned with Donnal's thoughts on the Wolverines and the university itself.
"I thought it was great. It gave me a really good chance to see what Michigan was all about, and how they go about doing everything, and how the coaches interact with the players and how the players are towards the coaches. It was really a good experience."
Michigan looks to continue their recent trend of picking up Buckeye State prospects, and hope that trend continues with Donnal. And for Donnal's part, he's still open to any school that will recruit him.
"Everyone's got a fair shot. I'm keeping my options open, and trying to get out and see places."
Andrew Donnal Reflects On Michigan Visit
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