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 second in a 7-part daily series, and here is the question we asked several of Michigan’s recruits:
What was the best part of the recruiting process, and what was the toughest part?
*Note: All ratings are from the 247Sports composite ranking system.
Jaylen Kelly-Powell, 4-star safety, Cass Tech (Detroit)
“The toughest part was making my decision. That was probably everybody’s! The best part is seeing how all the coaches are recruiting you, and all through the process, getting to see the world and seeing what everyone has to offer you. I took visits to Ohio State, UCLA, Penn State and Virginia Tech. It was a relief when I made that decision. I was happy about it, because I knew I made the right decision.”
James Hudson III, 4-star DT, Central Catholic (Toledo, Ohio)
“The best part about the recruiting process was going to the schools and, I would say, eating! When you take visits, it seems like that’s what you find out, who has the best food. At Michigan, on my official visit, we went to a restaurant and ate filet mignon. I’ve eaten all types of food on my recruiting visits, and I couldn’t even think about what I ate right now, there was so much of it.”
“The toughest part of the recruiting process was, for me, making that decision between Michigan and Michigan State. I liked (defensive line) coach (Ron Burton) and Coach (Mark) Dantonio a lot, and my mom loved Coach Dantonio … Making that decision to go to Michigan was hard. I kind of grew up wanting to go to Michigan State, but I loved the Spartans and I loved Michigan, too. The winged helmet, coming out of the tunnel, touching the banner, that’s also something I looked at. So, making that decision was the hardest part.”
Phillip Paea, 3-star DT, Berrien Springs (Mich.)
“The best part of the recruiting process was definitely the relief of it, making that decision. Right when I committed, all the weight came off my shoulders. My family was happy about it, I was happy about it so it was definitely a relief.
“The toughest part of it was staying humble throughout the whole process. … That was the toughest part of it, staying humble and learning to appreciate everything about it.”
Deron Irving-Bey, 4-star DE, Southwestern Commencement Academy (Flint, Mich.)
“Making my decision. Making my decision was. … There were a lot of great programs I visited but when I broke it all down to what I wanted and what I needed in a college education-wise and football-wise, Michigan is the college I wanted to be at.”
Josh Ross, 4-star LB, St. Mary’s Preparatory (West Bloomfield, Mich.)
“I would say every visit, when the coaches are showing you a lot of love. I know that’s kind of, not that it’s fake, but when you get (to college), it’s not going to be like that at all. So that’s the best part about it. The worst part, I don’t know. I can’t say there’s a worst part. Reporters are going to stop talking to you, but that’s not the worst part. It is what it is.”
Land of 10’s Kevin Goheen contributed to this report.