Pace Getting Ready For Michigan

The Avon Lake offensive lineman took his official visit to Michigan this week to get better acquainted with the program that he'll be joining in a few short weeks. GoBlueWolverine caught up with him about his visit.

Christian Pace, the 6'2" 255 pound offensive lineman from Avon Lake (OH), became Michigan's 12th commitment for the 2010 class back in late May.  Since then, he's frequented Ann Arbor unofficially, but he finally took in the scene officially this past weekend.

"It was fun," Pace told GoBlueWolverine.  "I basically just got to meet all the coaches and get better acquainted with them.  They were just telling me where they see me coming in, and what they think I can do and things like that."

The coaches for the Maize & Blue already have a definitive idea of where they'll be lining Pace up when he arrives on campus.

"They just said that I'll be at center and I'll work with at the guard spot too," Pace reported. "They just want me to do my best everywhere."

Pace will get the chance to get acclimated at his new position in a few weeks since he will be among a host of early enrollees. 

"Football wise, I'll learn the playbook better throughout the spring and summer and be ready come fall," he said.  "I'll be able to work out with the team.  Academically, I'll get to get a jump start on that, and get acclimated to balancing football and school."

Part of Pace's official visit was spent with his host, a player that he will also be spending the next few years beside in the trenches.

"Michael Schofield was my host," Pace stated.  "It was fun.  We just talked and he's a really nice kid, and he seems like a truly good person.  We just talked about like how he likes it there and how tough time management and stuff like that is."

Pace not only spent time with current members of the Wolverine squad, but also got a chance to get to know more of his future teammates who will be joining him as freshman next fall.

"I talked to pretty much all of them," he said.  "The person I talked to most is Courtney Avery because we've been talking for about a year now, since the start of our recruiting.  So he's the person I know the most, but I got to meet the others."

One of the few things Pace wasn't able to get involved in with was the recruitment of other uncommitted prospects who were also in town.  That delegation was left to others.

Said Pace, "I left that up to the coaches."

In the meantime, he will spend his next few weeks preparing for his January arrival.  The biggest aspect of that preparation will be in the strength and conditioning department.

"I'm just going to be lifting and running.  I'm going to get in the best shape I can before Coach Barwis.  They said they want me at like 260 or 270, but right now I'm about 255."


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