Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic 2019 3-star weakside defensive end Aeneas DiCosmo went to Michigan for an official visit from June 21-23, fell in love and felt at home.
The Wolverines are everything he is looking for in a college program.
“I visited in March and didn’t have any expectations, but I loved it,” DiCosmo told Land of 10. “I went back this time and Michigan didn’t disappoint again. Across the board, I just had a lot of fun.
“It’s everything I’m looking for. On the first day, I was in 10 different meetings with coaches and academic advisers to get an idea of what being a student there is like. I know I’ll be taken care of.”
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound defensive lineman has a top 5 of Stanford, Clemson, Notre Dame, Michigan and Northwestern, but is now down to two schools — Stanford and Michigan.
DiCosmo “definitely” feels he could call Ann Arbor home.
“The guys there are all happy,” DiCosmo said. “Especially the defensive lineman because [defensive coordinator] Don Brown is such an asset for that team. He’s a great coach. I’ve heard nothing bad about him. I know I’d be more than comfortable there and he’d take great care of me.”
A week ago, DiCosmo took an official visit to Notre Dame. He liked the trip but it did not have everything he was looking for like Michigan.
“I can’t compare the [Michigan] visit to other schools that I’ve visited,” he said. “I took my official visit to Notre Dame last week, but Michigan has an advantage because of the area. There’s much more to do outside the school and you encounter a much more diverse group of people.
“At Notre Dame, you’re stuck.”
On June 22, DiCosmo spent a lot of time with Michigan players, recruits and commits. The 3-star prospect said it was impressive how everyone was enjoying themselves.
He most enjoyed bonding with Christopher Hinton and D.J. Turner, who have both been recruiting him to Michigan.
“D.J. and I have gotten pretty close and cool these past couple weeks,” said DiCosmo, who went to the Notre Dame official visit with Turner. “They both love it and were both strongly considering Stanford, but they went toward Michigan.”
Now that his recruitment is down to Michigan and Stanford, DiCosmo realizes he has a tough decision to make. In March, he took a two-day unofficial to Stanford, so it was treated as an official.
“They are two different schools,” he said. “I just have to figure out what I want more.”
DiCosmo has one more visit slated. It may be hard to believe, but it will not be to any school in his top 5. UCLA offered him on June 12 and DiCosmo wants to check every school off his list before landing on his future program. The visit to see the Bruins in July will be his last.
“Originally, I planned to make a commitment after this visit,” DiCosmo said. “However, I’ve decided to visit one more school just to give it a look. That school is UCLA.
“I’ll visit later in July, so I think I’ll make a decision in August. That’s the plan right now.”
When it gets closer to August, DiCosmo said he will set a commitment date.
Right now, DiCosmo is looking forward to The Opening Finals in Texas. He will spend time with both Stanford and Michigan commits in order to gain a better view on each program. The event starts June 30 at The Star in Frisco.
“I’m going to get a chance to encounter commits that are at Stanford and Michigan and hang with them a little bit,” he said. “I’ll be able to get their perspectives of the schools and what they like.”
DiCosmo is ranked No. 557 in the nation, No. 39 at his position and No. 11 in the state of New Jersey, according to 247Sports composite.