The Michigan football coaching staff takes great amount of pride in the men that they have playing in the trenches for them, they are hoping to add even more talent to their group of linemen in 2017. Well, one of Michigan’s top-targets at the offensive line spot is 2017 Brooklyn, NY (Poly Prep) five-star offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson.
Wilson recently released a top five list of schools on Twitter, the list of schools included Michigan, Alabama, LSU, Georgia and USC. One of the major stories that came out of his new top five was Ohio State, who did not make his list. The Buckeyes appeared to be a big contender for Wilson and was the school that his parents were favoring.
“I don’t want to get into why Ohio State did not make the list, it’s kind of classified,” Wilson told me about Ohio State. “However, I had all those other teams in my top five because I gel with the coaching staffs, they all have big time football, and great academics. I’m not too sure on any leaders or anything like that right now, I’m just looking for the best fit.”
The Wolverines were a strong leader for Wilson for quite sometime early in his recruitment. However, the last few weeks it had appeared that Michigan had taken somewhat of a back seat to Ohio State and Alabama. Well, it appears that The Wolverines will be in it for the long haul for Wilson. Michigan’s biggest contender Alabama will also be a big factor for Wilson.
“I definitely like Michigan a lot and they will continue to be a major contender within my recruitment,” Wilson informed me about Michigan. “As a program they are going to be pretty good in a couple of years. With all the talent they are going to bring in, they will be a team to look out for in the next few years. I really like the coaching staff, academics, and the big time atmosphere at Michigan.”
The Wolverines as of right now will be a major player in Wilson’s recruitment and the coaching staff has been treating Wilson like one ever since his visit to Ann Arbor in February. Michigan offensive line coach Tim Drevno has a great relationship with Wilson and has been in contact with him almost every week.
“My visit back in February was great. I watched a basketball game, bonded with the coaches even more, and explored the campus life. I also had a chance to talk to the whole staff. On my visit, they basically told me how important I am to what they want to do over there in Ann Arbor. There is not any nonsense going on over there. I was with Ahmir Mitchell, Kareem Walker, who I’ve played against, and Khalid Hill.”
The coaching staff has kept their word about Wilson being a major target for the coaching staff. Tim Drevno has been in weekly contact with Wilson and has recruited him heavily ever since his visit to Ann Arbor a few months ago.
“I am in contact with the Michigan coaching staff about every week. I talk to the whole Michigan coaching staff, not just Tim Drevno. Coach Drevno recruits me mainly and has for some time now, he wants me on his offensive line. We talk about the offense and what it is like being at Michigan. We also talk about what kind of a offensive linemen he thinks I am. He says I could be a bookend tackle.”
The Wolverines will be a major contender moving forward within his recruitment. Especially, now that Ohio State is out of the running, who looked to be a likely destination for Wilson. Michigan will continue to be a factor, as Wilson will take a official visit to Michigan and wants to make his commitment in December or National Signing Day.
– Shane Kinnee (Senior Editor)