The Wolverines are back from IMG Academy, where they held a couple of spring practices last week. Tuesday, Michigan held one of their first spring practices that was actually held in Ann Arbor. During Michigan’s spring practice on Tuesday, The Wolverines hosted one of their top 2017 targets in 2017 Wylie (TX) four-star RB Eno Benjamin.
A few weeks ago, Michigan offered Benjamin, ever since then he has become a top target for the staff in the 2017 class. Mainly due to his size and athletic ability at the running back position. Coach Wheatley has been in constant contact with Benjamin and talks to him on numerous occasions during a single week. Due to all the recruiting and contact from the Michigan coaching staff. Benjamin decided to take a visit to Michigan on Tuesday. Well, the visit from Benjamim on Tuesday really helped Michigan become head-and-head with Iowa, who is Benjamin’s current leader.
Below, Benjamin recaps his Michigan visit, talks potential commitment to Michigan during his visit, Coach Tyrone Wheatley and more.
“My visit to Michigan was great,” Benjamin stated. “I did everything, from academics to football. I was with Coach Bam, Harbaugh and Wheatley for the majority of the time. I saw everything, except for the dorms. I watched film with Harbaugh and Wheatley. They talked about how they would like to use me at Michigan.”
One of the many reasons Benjamin went to visit Michigan was he wanted to talk and see Coach Wheatley from his very own eyes. Not to mention, but he has talked to Coach Wheatley so much he wanted to connect and really form a bond with Coach Wheatley in first person.
“He’s a great guy and a even better coach,” Benjamin said. “We really just sat down and bonded with each other, it was nice. Coach Wheatley really loves his running backs and he plans to use me as a running back who can run between the tackles, but can also line up in the slot.”
Benjamim also got to see Michigan practice on Tuesday for a little bit. He got to talk with Jabrill Peppers and Jake Butt. Not to mention, but he got a feel for how Michigan runs their practice.
“The practice was really fun to watch. They really practice hard and they fly around the field. I got to talk a little bit with Jabrill Peppers too. That dude is legit and he seems to be everything that everyone says about him. He is just unbelievable.”
Michigan really put the full-court press on Benjamin during his visit Tuesday. He got to learn about all the history Michigan has in its program and all sorts of things. However, nothing blew him away more than sitting down and watching film with Harbaugh and Wheatley.
“I really learned a lot about the Michigan football program on my visit. For example, I just learned about the Rose Bowl game of 1992 and 1993 versus Northwestern. That was where the famous Bo Schembechler quote, ‘Those who stay will be champions’ came from. However, I think my favorite part of the visit was sitting down with Coach Harbaugh and Coach Wheatley and watching film for about an hour. Those guys are just amazing and have so much knowledge.”
Benjamin has a lot of connections to Michigan. His private trainer, David Underwood, who was a former Michigan running back and is high school running backs coach Matt Tietjen, who is a huge Michigan fan. Those connections to Michigan could play a huge role in his recruitment. However, Benjamin was not alone on his visit to Michigan. He was accompanied by his high school running backs coach Matt Tietjen.
“Tietjen loved the visit to Michigan, he was very impressed with Michigan and all they had to offer.”
Iowa has been the longtime leader in Benjamin’s recruitment. However, during the prior weeks before Benjamin visited Michigan, The Wolverines were making up a lot of ground on Benjamin. They appeared to be the #2 team behind Iowa. But on his visit to Michigan, Benjamin informed me that he did think about pulling the trigger and committing to The Wolverines.
“I actually did think about pulling the trigger and committing to Michigan on my visit. I just thought it would have been the right time and everything just felt right on my visit. I decided to hold off because I have other visits I will be taking.”
Benjamin will carry on with his tour of visits that will take him until the end of the week. He will visit Northwestern on Wednesday, Iowa on Friday and then Arkansas on Saturday. He did let me know that he won’t be visiting any other schools for a while after his last visit to Arkansas. He wants to let it all soak in.
– Shane Kinnee (Senior Editor)