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 fifth in a seven-part daily series.
What are you looking forward to most about going to Michigan, and what will be the toughest part of the transition?
*Note: All ratings are from the 247Sports composite ranking system.
Deron Irving-Bey, 4-star DE, Southwestern Commencement Academy (Flint, Mich.)
“I don’t know what to expect. I did have a lot of fear of going down there. It’s one of the best programs. I know it’s going to be a lot of work, but I’m looking forward to the hard work, the long days. I look forward to it and to being better as a football player.”
Phillip Paea, 3-star DL, Berrien Springs (Mich.)
“I’m definitely looking forward to just getting settled in. I know the first couple of days are going to be rough. And then balancing my classes with my workouts — 6 a.m. workouts, then class, then more workouts. Just getting used to that schedule.”
Jaylen Kelly-Powell, 4-star safety, Cass Tech (Detroit)
“The first semester, class wasn’t that bad, but the first thing that got to me was the first workout. It kind of got to me, but after that first week I got used to it. They keep pushing you, and there are no breaks in between. It’s, ‘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 would say living on my own. Getting up every day at 6 o’clock is going to be tough. There’s going to be times where you’re tired and you don’t want to get up.”
Josh Ross, 4-star LB, St. Mary’s Preparatory (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
“I’m looking forward to competing at the next level, competing with guys I’m not in my right comfort zone yet, competing with guys that are older than me, and being faced with adversity. I’m just hoping to stay as healthy as I can. Praying to God and staying as healthy as I can. Besides that, I know where my mindset is and how hard I’m going to go in and work.”
Land of 10’s Rachel Lenzi contributed to this report.