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Luiji Vilain discusses Michigan in Orlando
Michigan commit Luiji Vilain – a 4-star DE, according to 247Sports – will be one of the participants in Sunday’s Under Armour All-America Game.
Our colleagues at SECCountry.com are in attendance to grab some information.
Florida recruiting writer Zach Abolverdi caught up with Vilain about his recruitment and his future at Michigan.
On the experience at the Under Armour game:
“It’s a lot of fun. You don’t get competition like this in high school.”
On enrolling early, and why it ended up not happening:
“Yeah, I was planning on doing it, but my school wouldn’t allow it. I could’ve graduated last year, but I had to stay to get more credits. It is what it is.”
On what sold him on Michigan:
“I love the coaches, and my parents love the coaches. I can succeed there on the field and off.”
On Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh:
“He’s really good. He’s an NFL coach. And that’s one of the main reasons why I chose Michigan – it’s an NFL group.”
What an Orange Bowl win would do for recruiting
Michigan will kick off its Orange Bowl game against Florida State in Miami Gardens, Fla., at 8 p.m. ET Friday.
In addition to the result on the field, this game will play a key role in recruiting. And here are three reasons why:
The Florida pipeline: Michigan has a solid pull for Florida recruits right now. In 2016, it was on full display when Michigan landed five commitments from the Sunshine State. It has just one this year in Kai-Leon Herbert, but a win over Florida State could elevate the Wolverines’ exposure in the state.
A solid selling pitch: Michigan defeated Florida 41-7 last season in its bowl game. If it’s able to defeat the Seminoles on Friday night, then it would give Michigan back-t0-back wins over the state’s top football schools. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh would have a solid selling point for Florida recruits.
Proven success: For a while, Michigan was selling “hope.” But with an 11-2 season that followed a 10-3 season, and two bowl wins over Power Five teams, Michigan would have serious proof that it’s back in the national power talk. And recruits more often than not go to a school that’s good over a school that used to be. Ask Pete Werner, a 4-star LB prospect who was a Notre Dame commit, then flipped to Ohio State.