James Elliott Blown Away By Michigan

The Wolverines hosted Sunshine State offensive lineman James Elliott for a weekend visit, and certainly did their part to cement their spot on Elliott's recruiting list. GoBlueWolverine got the latest with Elliott on his trip and feelings for Michigan.

The Wolverines hosted Sunshine State offensive lineman James Elliott for a weekend visit, and certainly did their part to cement their spot on Elliott's recruiting list. GoBlueWolverine got the latest with Elliott on his trip and feelings for Michigan. James Elliott, a 6'3" 290 pound guard from Pensacola Catholic in Florida, got to take in an extended weekend in Ann Arbor to see everything the Wolverines had to offer.

"We got there on Friday and went around and got a campus view and see what the players do," Elliott told GoBlueWolverine. "Saturday we went to an offensive line meeting with Coach Frey, and went around to a couple places to eat and everything. We had a grad assistant show us where to go and stuff. We actually changed our plane tickets on Sunday from 10:45 to the afternoon so we could see the first day of football two-a-days. We just got back from all of that. I absolutely loved it."

The Wolverines certainly did their part on his visit, as they put themselves at the top of Elliott's list.

"They are at the top right now."

Elliott was accompanied over the weekend with his mother and his sister, and they both fell in love with the Maize and Blue.

"They loved it. It's about a 16 hour drive and about a 4 hour flight. But for me it feels like it is going 10 minutes down the road. It feels so down home and small town, which is what I'm used to growing up in. We didn't feel like we were far from home at all."

Sitting in the offensive line meeting, Elliott also got to spend time with Greg Frey, Michigan's offensive line coach, and immediately felt a connection.

"That's a big thing. My high school offensive line coach played football with Coach Frey at Florida State, so they have the same exact mentality, they have everything that makes them coach the same. That connection I felt already, was even more going into meetings and watching them practice."

Having that only puts another feather in Michigan's cap.

"Oh yes sir, because I'm very close with my offensive line coach at Catholic. It'd be basically going to same coach for the next four years."

Elliott also has another visit set up with the Wolverines and will be in town again in the not so distant future.

"Yes sir, we are going up to the Michigan-Michigan State game. We already talked to them and they said that would be fine, just to give them a call when the time gets closer."

It's no secret that Michigan has put in a lot of effort recruiting the state of Florida, and it weighed heavily with Elliott.

"That affected me big time. There were so many players up there from Florida that I didn't even know. Like the kids from Pahokee who I would have played in my sophomore year. Just being around the area, it's surprising. The way they are all together is just unreal, the atmosphere of the players is something I've never experienced. No matter where you come from, they have players from all over. They all act like they are from the same place and they just joke around. They are one big family, and that's something Coach Smith was stressing about how Coach Rodriguez is putting that in more. They want a family atmosphere and have the team together as much possible. It's that much harder to break up if you're together all the time. That's something I love about Michigan."

The family atmosphere in Ann Arbor was something that really drew Elliott in as well, as he felt it instantaneously.

"Yes sir, it was like I was already on the team. Any time I was in a room with players, they would come up and talk to me. Like when I sat with the offensive lineman, Coach Frey gave them a 5-10 minute break and instead of going to the bathroom or getting water or whatever they had to do, they came and talked to me. They weren't putting on a front, they were giving you everything. I found that real special. Sometimes you go to a school, there are only a few guys who will talk to you, but these guys didn't even need a coach to tell them. They just asked if I was a recruit and kept talking to me."

Elliott was also taken in by Michigan's first rate facilities.

"That was amazing. Everything was state of the art. That was the first weight room I've ever seen like that. One of the trainers actually took me through what rotations they do and how they focus on the core and the hips. Other schools do too, but Michigan actually has spaces set up for that. It's amazing. My mom and I went through and we were talking about how amazing it was and how willing they are to improve you. All of the coaches kept telling us we hadn't seen anything yet. It just got me even more pumped up."

Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine in the coming days and weeks for more coverage on James Elliott.

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