ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Did you ever wonder what the recruiting process is really like for prospective college football players? With that in mind, we reached out to this year’s incoming freshman class at Michigan in search of a little bit of personal insight on the process.
Land of 10 surveyed some of Michigan’s class of 2017 recruits with questions about the recruiting process — ranging from which coach on Michigan’s staff they formed a strong relationship with to which incoming recruit in this year’s class was their favorite.
This is the final in a seven-part daily series.
What are you doing to get ready for next season?
*Note: All ratings are from the 247Sports composite ranking system.
Deron Irving-Bey, 4-star DE, Southwestern Commencement Academy (Flint, Mich.)
“I’m just training with my coach, Tiger Maxwell. I’ve been training with him since my junior season.
“(Michigan) sent me a workout plan, but my coach, he knows what I’ve got to get better at. He didn’t coach my position this year, but I think in between the time now and the time that I go there, I think I’ll be way better technique-wise with how he’s teaching me.”
Phillip Paea, 3-star DL, Berrien Springs (Mich.)
“They sent me a workout packet for my conditioning, workouts and lifting plans, and my nutrition plan, so I’ve been sticking with that. It’s worked out really good. I’m also doing some side workouts with my brother.
“It’s very detailed. It shows you day-by-day of when you should eat this, when you should eat that. It’s really good. It’s preparing me for the nutrition meals when I get up there.”
Jaylen Kelly-Powell, 4-star safety, Cass Tech (Detroit)*
“The tough thing was that first workout, but after I got through that first week, I got used to it.
“They keep pushing you. There’s no break in-between. It’s constantly, ‘Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go.’ ” It’s the tempo, but after you figure it out, it’s not bad at all.”
James Hudson, 4-star DT, Central Catholic (Toledo, Ohio)
“I’ve got a workout plan that I follow every day, but I haven’t been told what I need to eat. It’s basically about staying in shape, working on my footwork and knowing how to train.”
Josh Ross, 4-star LB, St. Mary’s Preparatory (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
“I’ll be getting that stuff eventually, but they haven’t sent me that stuff yet. For now, I’m just playing (high school) basketball and keeping in shape. I’m working out a little bit and doing what I can do. I’ll be ready when I get in.”
Wednesday: What are you looking forward to most?
Land of 10’s Rachel Lenzi contributed to this report.