Keisean Lucier-South is one of the region's premier pass rushers and is being recruited as both a linebacker and defensive end. He has flipped between the two spots this season and where he eventually lined up in college will be determined by how much weight he puts on.
"Man, that was a dream come true for me," Lucier-South said. "I grew up a Michigan fan and so did my parents so we all had an amazing time there. The biggest highlight for me was the game atmosphere and just soaking all that in. We're talking 113,000 screaming fans and I've never experienced anything like that.
"Sometimes when I watch a game, I'm watching to see how I fit in with the defense but I was honestly just watching as a fan. The team played great, they beat Penn State so that was a big win and it was incredible to be there."
Lucier-South said the opportunity to spend a lot of quality time with the coaching staff was another huge plus.
"I was with Coach Hoke all weekend," Lucier-South said. "We spent a lot of time together and talked about everything. We had a two hour conversation at one point and he actually brought up his job status and all the rumors floating around. He said he's not going anywhere and he loves it at Michigan. He said he knows they have the staff in place to turn this around and he's committed so I really respect that.
"The players all really love Coach Hoke as well. I think you can learn a lot talking to those guys and everyone said they love playing for Coach Hoke and said he's not just a coach, he's a father figure to all of them. They said he's a fun guy to be around but also a great coach who knows a lot about football and really encouraged me to come and play for him. They said if you come to Michigan, you'll never regret it."
Although he came in with high expectations, Lucier-South said the trip exceeded them all.
"With MIchigan, it's everything that jumps out." Lucier-South said. "It's not just the football, it's the tradition, the degree, the connections after you graduate, all that means a lot to me. I really bonded well with not just Coach Hoke but Coach Feringo and Mattison too.
"It was cool being around the other commits like Alex Malzone and they were really selling the school hard on me. The players on the team were incredible with me as well. Maurice Ways was my host and I hung out with Jabrill Peppers and some of the other guys and they showed me a good time, they really took care of me. There wasn't a single negative about the visit, it was all good for me and Michigan is definitely a school I can see myself at down the road."
Lucier-South's next visit will be to Oregon (Nov. 1) and he still has his last two trips to line up.
"It's going to be between Florida, USC or UCLA for those last two visits," Lucier-South said. "Of those three, I've been to UCLA a ton of times and I'm so familiar with the coaches and campus already. I've been to USC but I've never been to Florida so I kind of want to see a different part of the country.
"At the same time, I want to pick out my two favorites from that group and make sure I visit officially so that's why I'm kind of torn right now. I was leaning to UCLA early on but I want to back off naming a leader because everyone is really even now. They're all great schools and has so much to offer.
"I just want to play this out and not make an early decision because once I commit, that will be it for me. If I know, I'll commit at the All-American game but if not, I'll wait until closer to Signing Day. It's going to be a very tough decision and I'm definitely not going to rush in to anything right now."
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