Chris Boles weighs in at a stout 315 pounds and stands at 6'4" as a mere high school junior. Size alone catches coaches' eyes, and the two way prospect has caught the Michigan Wolverines' eye, as they invited him to their recent junior day in Ann Arbor.
"It was pretty good," Boles told GoBlueWolverine. "We went to the basketball game, and the basketball team pulled the upset and that was pretty cool. I liked the atmosphere and the fans and everything, so that was really interesting. I saw Joe Dumars while I was there.
We took a tour of the football complex and then saw a little bit of the school, and then Coach Rodriguez talked to us for a little while. Then we got to meet up with our position coaches and talk to them and get to know them. He gave us a big lecture and stuff, and it was really nice."
Part of his fun was the atmosphere in Crisler Arena as the Wolverines took down the Huskies from Connecticut in a premier non-conference game that saw students and recruits alike storm the hardwood after the buzzer sounded.
"Yeah, we all pretty much rushed the court. It was really fun. I liked the atmosphere a lot. The fans were just really into the game. If a player was shooting free throws, it went all quiet to give him the respect to hit his free throws. We were really into the crowd, making the other team feel uncomfortable and I think they did a good job of that."
Boles is a two way prospect who plays both guard and defensive tackle for his high school team. The Wolverines, for their part, are starting off his recruiting process along the defensive line as they see him as a tackle.
"I went with the defensive tackle coach. But the offensive line coach was basically just saying, talking about the former players that went there and what they have done to graduate, and what we'd do if we want to come and how the system works. He gave us all his information so we could contact him and stuff. Then when I talked to the d-line coach, he talked about the players they've sent through there, like Brandon Graham and how he's going to be a first round pick."
The Wolverines may have a slight edge throughout the recruiting process as Boles grew up a Michigan fan, and has a father who bleeds Maize and Blue. Boles, though, maintains neutrality now and is entertaining any caller.
"My dad is a Wolverine … I guess he just fell in love with the team when he was little, but I never asked him. Basically I just came up a Michigan fan, but I'm really kind of neutral ... but my dad and I like them. It's hard to be just a Michigan fan because you've got O-State talking to you and wanting you, and going to all sorts of games and stuff. Schools make it seem like they really like you, so it doesn't make it easy just being a Michigan fan."
While Boles only currently holds an offer from his hometown Toledo Rockets, the Wolverines may soon come calling shortly.
"They just basically said they need my junior tape. The whole staff were telling me they were impressed with my sophomore film, because they got to watch it like the day before we came up there. And so they were just asking for my transcript and my junior film so they can take another look at it I guess ... and we'll get in touch soon."
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