Four-star guard Darnell Ewell spent a week on the road in late June visiting Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State. On Friday at noon, the 6-foot-4, 295-pounder will announce his college choice during a ceremony at his school.
“Of course I'm going to have a few words to say,” Ewell said. “It's really just going to be a big event. It's not really about me. It's about my family and my team and everybody that supported me to see that all their efforts in me has really, really paid off. That's how I see it. Everybody is going to be there, my teammates and coaches.”
Ewell also considered Alabama and Clemson but has narrowed his list to the Midwestern programs.
“It’s just those three,” he said.
Should he choose Ohio State, Ewell will join former teammates Jalyn Holmes and Wayne Davis in Columbus.
“Ohio State is Ohio State,” he said. “Two of my former players I played with went there. I go there every now and then. I'm really familiar with the place and environment and the coaches and coaching staff. I have a really good vibe there.”
At Michigan, Ewell would have the chance to play in one of college football’s greatest rivalry games.
“Michigan, the rivalry against Ohio State, I've definitely got to give them a chance,” he said. “Not only do you have a great program but (Jim) Harbaugh, their head coach, is a really great person. I can't say nothing wrong about him.”
Ewell sees a lot to like at Notre Dame.
“It really means a lot to be given an opportunity to go there, just the opportunity itself means a lot,” he said. “Watching ‘Rudy’ and stuff like that, the environment is really, really good. That's the same with Michigan. All the environments are top notch. All three are different schools, I can't complain. Notre Dame is really, really different from all the other schools I went to I've got to say. There's just something about there. It's not like any other school does the same stuff. Notre Dame does things a little differently. That could be bad or good. You'll never know until Friday.”
All three programs are recruiting Ewell, the nation’s No. 8 guard, as an interior defensive lineman.
“But trust me, I really don't even care as long as I'm on the team,” Ewell said. “If they want me on offense I'll be there; defense, I'll be there. If they want me was a wide receiver or anything else, I'll be there.”