When Jon Horford and his parents went to visit The University of Michigan Tuesday morning ... as they approached the parking lot there were two people there to greet them.
"When we pulled up in the parking lot Coach Beilein and assistant coach Mike Jackson were there to greet my parents," he told GoBlueWolverine.
That has been a nice touch for the Maize and Blue when meeting with recruits and
their families, but this visit was not necessarily for Jon.
"I have been up to Michigan to visit before. This was more so for my parents to
have the opportunity to see for the campus and speak with Coach Beilein and the
The day started off with a visit to meet with the new strength and conditioning
"We had a chance to meet with Mike Sanderson first. He is a real cool guy. He
showed us the new equipment and weight room -- it is pretty big. I've been to Florida's
and it is bigger then that. He then showed me a few tests that he would use to
see what we need to work on. That was nice."
After that the Horford's made their way around campus -- and there was one person
in the group that really enjoyed the surroundings.
"My parents like the campus but especially my mom. She just loved the buildings
and the architecture in Ann Arbor, probably because she is a real estate agent."
What were your thoughts of the campus, Jon?
"I like the campus because everything is right there on campus. I have been to
some campuses and it is just too spread out. I like Michigan's campus."
When their tours came to an end, they went to Coach Beilein's office to
talk. And Coach Beilein hit Horford with some things he really appreciated.
"Coach Beilein started to talk to me about how I would fit into the program and
what a benefit I would be to the team. You know you always hear those things, but
it always means a lot when they are said to you. I felt like the coaching staff
was real sincere with the things they were telling me."
With Coach Beilein expressing how he feels about you what is it that intrigues
you about him?
"I like how much he cares about his players, the way he helps to make every
player on the team better regardless if you are getting playing time or not.
There is no way you can have any excuses if you're trying to develop your game.
The coaches are there to help you and they have the facilities to help you as
"I also appreciated him telling me about the type of guys he is recruiting, the
type that want to win with. Guys that are happy to be at Michigan. I like to be around
guys that have goals."
Jon briefly had the chance to chat with a few players as well.
"At lunch I met Zach Novak. I also talked to Stu Douglass for a little bit, and
Manny Harris was just finishing his workout and we met."
With the visit just about over there were a few words that needed to be said.
"Coach Beilein told me that there was a scholarship here for me right now if I
wanted to sign -- but if I could take a few days to think about it and that it was
Jon will be making a decision soon, but he had to talk to someone that had been in
his shoes already that he was close too.
"I had a conversation with my brother Al last night. He told me to make sure
that I go some where that I am comfortable at. He told me, don't go some place
you didn't feel comfortable."
Within his inner circle, Jon has listened to some and then others he had to move
out of his circle of trust.
"My parents told me that they didn't want to push me and that they supported me,
but there were some people during the recruiting process that were negative. I
had to remove myself from those people because I didn't want any negative
feelings around me. This happened during the whole process -- people telling me they
like this school they didn't like this school, and I just didn't want that
negative vibe around me."
Now with all of his visits out of the way Jon will begin to decide what is best
for him. A decision should be made soon.
"I will be making my decision over the weekend."
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