Michigan assistant Tony Gibson told Clairton, PA ATH Desimon Green in early May that a Wolverine offer was likely in his future. The talented youngster could hardly contain his excitement about the news when he shared it with GoBlueWolverine three weeks ago. However, as the days and then weeks passed without said offer, his joy began morphing into concern. That was until last night
"To tell you the truth, I thought they weren't interested anymore," Green told GoBlueWolverine. "They came to the school twice and then (later) they said they were going to offer me. They told me to call them back in a week and I was calling and nobody was answering. (Coach Gibson) told me that he was in the away and he had no (cell) service. He just called me twenty minutes ago. and offered me."
"I was really excited. That was probably the only offer that I actually pursued out of all the ones on the list."
The Michigan offer pushed Green's offer tally to 14, and more are likely on the way. That said, regardless of the offers that came before or the ones that come after, #14 will hold a special place.
Another significant factor in Michigan's strong standing with Green is strong rapport he has built with Gibson.
"He's really cool," Green said of Michigan's defensive backs coach. "He does not just tell me what I want to hear. I like that because I'm going to be completely honest with him and he did the same thing with me. I like that."
One of the most frank discussions between Green and his prospective coach dealt with early playing time. He was told that there would definitely be opportunity to earn time in genesis of his Michigan career at a key position on defense.
"He told me they want me for hybrid position," Green reported. "When coaches see me play, they say, ‘he's going to be an all-around player.' I do not really care where I play, as long as I play. I can probably play anywhere. But he said the hybrid position and I like that because I do a little bit of both (LB and DE) now."
Despite Green's strong feelings for the Maize & Blue, he isn't close to reaching a decision. He has yet to take a trip to Ann Arbor and it will likely be a few months before he is able to do so.
"I'll visit in the fall, because I plan on taking all five of my official visits," he said. "I'm not really planning on going to camps because I'm pretty much offered (by the schools he was seeking to be offered by)."
Now the jockeying for position for official visits begins. Green's five favorites currently stand the best chance at securing spots on his itinerary.
"Texas Tech, they been there pretty much since the beginning, same with Pitt. They were there first before anybody else came along."
"Pitt, that's the hometown team and I was offered by them first and I get along with the coaches there too."
"Michigan State, they pretty much told me that I could play anywhere and they even brought up the tight end. I was very interested."
"Cincinnati, I really do not know too much about them, but me and coach we get along so well. We probably talk every day."
"Michigan… it's just the tradition. It is a powerhouse. I just feel like their defense out of all the schools fits me the most."
Once those visits conclude, none of the interested parties will have to wait long to hear the verdict.
"I'm going to get (a commitment) done at the latest November," Green said. I'm going to get (all five official visits) in before November."