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 third in a 7-part daily series, and here is the question we asked several of Michigan’s recruits:
What solidified your decision to attend Michigan?
*Note: All ratings are from the 247Sports composite ranking system.
Deron Irving-Bey, 4-star DE, Southwestern Commencement Academy (Flint, Mich.)
“They’ve got the best education, in my eyes, the best programs, and the best potential for me. They have NFL coaches there. I’m excited to be coached by Greg Mattison. He’s brought many people to the NFL. I just can’t wait until I go down there and see what he has in store for me and what he can teach me to be a better defensive lineman, and possibly the best defensive lineman in college. I’m excited about that.
“It’s the best education and the best everything. Plus, it’s close to home, too. That wasn’t a big factor in my decision but with all those other things and it’s close to home so my people can come see me.”
Phillip Paea, 3-star DT, Berrien Springs (Mich.)
“It being close to home, and it’s been a solid program throughout the years. Think Michigan football. Everyone knows it automatically, especially now that coach (Jim) Harbaugh is there. They’re coming up in the rankings every year. It’s a hard-working team, and the tradition is there that you see every year.”
Jaylen Kelly-Powell, 4-star safety, Cass Tech (Detroit)
“It was something that developed over time. I didn’t want to make a quick decision on any school, and I fully went through the process. It wasn’t a decisive moment. It was me going back and looking at the pros and cons of each situation.”
James Hudson III, 4-star DT, Central Catholic (Toledo, Ohio)
“The winged helmet, coming out of the tunnel and hitting the banner is something that I always looked at. Playing in the biggest stadium in the country is great.”
Donovan Peoples-Jones, 5-star WR, Cass Tech (Detroit)
“Academics and the chance to play with the best and be coached by the best.”
Josh Ross, 4-star LB, St. Mary’s Preparatory (West Bloomfield, Mich.)
“People stopped looking at me because my brother (James) had gone to Michigan. But the solidifying thing was, because my brother played there and I went up there so many times, seeing the new coaching staff and seeing how they changed the atmosphere. It’s a great school with great academics and great tradition.
“I think all of those things combined solidified it. But I love Michigan. I’ve loved Michigan most of my life. I kind of got it beat into my brain with my brother going there.”
Land of 10’s Rachel Lenzi contributed to this report.