Michigan Football Excites Joe

Errin Joe, the mammoth offensive guard/tackle from Lakeland (Fla.) Lake Gibson high may have only recently received an offer from Michigan, but he has known a great deal about the Maize & Blue program for quite a while. Thanks to the presence of one of Joe's former teammates in Ann Arbor, the Wolverines are firmly in the mix for this talented lineman.

Errin Joe, Scout.com's no. 23 rated offensive guard, had seemingly grown accustomed to receiving scholarship offers.  However, when the 6'4" 285 pound mauler recently received word that Michigan had jumped into the mix he found the news to be a little more special.

"It was the last week in April when they offered me," Joe told GoBlueWolverine.  "It came as a surprise.  We have a secretary who is in the dean's office but she also helps with football players and stuff like that.  I came in there, and she had the fight song for Michigan and she played it and she gave me the offer and I was just ecstatic.  It's something to be proud of."

While Joe hasn't had the chance to familiarize himself with Michigan on a visit, he has already started to build a connection with the coaching staff, and has a preexisting relationship with a current Wolverine.

"I talked a little to Coach Smith," Joe reported.  "I hear really good things.  One of my good friends plays up there and he played here and he tells me great things about it.  I just hear word of mouth from him."

That good friend a former Lake Gibson offensive lineman that was one of Rich Rodriguez's first recruiting coups as the Wolverine headman.

"It's Ricky Barnum, the left guard right now," Joe stated.  "As a matter of fact he kind of prematurely told me, but I hadn't received the offer.  He said the coach had talked to him and told me I had an offer coming, but still when it came I was surprised.  He tells me good things about it and everything."

Having Barnum donning the Maize and Blue is may prove to be a bit of an advantage for the Wolverines as Joe's recruitment unfolds.

"One thing it does, it gives me a real perspective as a player," Joe explained.  "I mean, you hear things from coaches.  But if you hear directly from the source of someone who is going through the process right now, that's one thing that helps out with my views on Michigan.  It's just a great source to hear from on his point of view and all the things you want to know because they've gone through it."

Joe plans to make it up to Ann Arbor for a visit at some point, but high air fares may cause him to delay the trip until the fall when he can visit officially.

"It would be a great place to visit," said Joe of Michigan.  "They say the atmosphere is unbelievable up there and if I get a chance and opportunity I'd love to go see it.  If I do, it would probably have to be through an official visit."

With offers also from Florida State, Miami, Georgia Tech, Stanford, and a host of others, Joe is taking his time when it comes to his recruitment.  However, it is possible that we will see him pare down his list in the near future.

"I'm taking it as it comes.  Soon, I'm going to start to narrow this thing down.  Probably after this spring ball or earlier in the summer I'm going to start narrowing this stuff down. I can't tell you right now (which schools are the favorites) because I'm still trying to eliminate these things.  But I do enjoy Michigan football and I like Coach Smith.  They are really going through the same process, as well as these other schools, to see who will make the next list."

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