Mike Lantry, 1972
Reactions from the Recruits
The Michigan win yesterday was obviously huge for the program, and was definitely a help in the recruiting department. The first game of the season came, and there was a handful of recruits from this year's class, and also some of the top juniors from the 2011 class.
Among the recruits that were there, the new mayor of Ann Arbor, Ricardo Miller, made his obligatory appearance, and was pleased. "It was a good win, and it was a real good atmosphere. I was with some of the other kids, and they liked it too. I know Dior liked it a lot," Miller said. When asked what the difference was between this game, and the game he attended last year, he told me, "Well, first, we won. That part was great, it was a good feeling."
Miller continued, "The second was that everyone just seemed more with it. The players seemed like they were more in the game than last year." Ricardo also mentioned the fans support for the team, and Coach Rodriguez, "A lot of people have jumped on the wagon, it seems like. They won, and everyone was happy. I didn't like that they weren't supporting him before, but I know there was a lot of fans there showing him how much they care."
Miller made a good point about living so close to the Big House, and how it will affect his play once he becomes a Wolverine, "I'm going to every home game, and every time I go into the stadium, I get less and less nervous. So, each home game for me is going to help calm my nerves for when I actually get to play."
On the defensive recruiting front, Ken Wilkins and Courtney Avery made it up for their first ever Michigan game, and were both excited about what they saw. Wilkins said, "It went real well, I loved it. The fans were crazy, it seemed like they all knew my name. The Victor's Walk was crazy too, it was just nuts. I was honestly surprised, I didn't know it was going to be that loud, and that crazy." The coaches and the game gave Ken a better look at how he'd be used in the game. "I talked to Coach Robinson a little before the game, and I think I'll be used like Craig Roh. He had a really good game, so it was just exciting to see that in person," said Wilkins.
Courtney Avery mentioned, "The game was a good way for me to get to know my future teammates better. I had met Ricardo before, but I had never met Kenny." This being his first time to Michigan Stadium, Courtney was more than impressed. "This was the icing on the cake. I was amazed at how many people were there. I loved the atmosphere all together. It was cool to see the game in person, because you get to see how excited the sidelines get, and the players that aren't on the field," said Avery.
Besides getting to know his future teammates, it also gave Courtney a chance to see how he'd be used in the defense. "I talked to Coach Gibson, Tall, and Rodriguez before the game. During the game, I was just watching the corners and their technique. It was cool to see how they play, and that I'll be out there soon," Courtney said.
While it was great for our current commits to see the win, it also gave them a chance to recruit the juniors that were in attendance. Overall, there was nothing but excitement from the future Wolverines, and a little more pride to say they will soon be on that field.