Michigan Moves up With Vinopal

Just weeks after receiving his Michigan offer, Youngstown (OH) Cardinal Mooney safety Ray Vinopal was in Ann Arbor Saturday to see the Wolverines take on Ohio State. Needless to say, the Maize & Blue really helped its cause significantly.

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"I liked it," Vinopal said regarding the game.  "Awesome atmosphere, packed house.  A lot of people.  Probably in December I'll come back and check things out again and take a little closer look."

One of the top priorities on his return visit will be more one-on-one time with the players and coaches.

"I didn't get to talk to the players," Vinopal stated.  "I got there late because of some traffic.  I talked to Coach Gibson when I first got there and took my seat in the stands and watched the game."

Even though this visit didn't consist of the full treatment, the recent Michigan offer recipient left extremely impressed with the Maize & Blue.

"It definitely boosted Michigan in my eyes," the Cardinal Mooney star admitted.  "It's a unique place."

Does that mean Michigan is the favorite?

"I'm keeping all my options open," Vinopal replied laughingly.

What his most viable options are will likely be revealed in the coming days.  In recent weeks he's heard from Notre Dame, Boston College, Pitt, Michigan State, and Kansas, but plans to visit one or more of those schools haven't been finalized yet.

"Our high school season is still going on right now," explained Vinopal.  "I'm kind of bubble for time, but I'm still trying to get things situated."

The time crunch has to do with the talented youngster's timetable.  He hasn't ruled out the possibility of making a decision without venturing elsewhere.

"I'm not sure," he said regarding likelihood of him making a decision without future visits.  "It depends on how everything works out time wise.  Either way I want to make my decision by Christmas."

GoBlueWolverine will have more on Vinopal in the coming weeks.

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