On Saturday morning before Illinois game while waiting with my daughter for the team to walk to the stadium I ended up talking with Ross Martin's father for 5-10 minutes. Ross and another teammate (I didn't catch his name but he looked more like a speedy guy than a lineman) came up to the game from the Cleveland area. Both seemed like nice young men.
It sounds like academics and the Michigan business school could be a big factor in his decision. He listed several schools as possibilities including Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, and Northwestern.
I asked about the transition from a 1 inch tee in high school to no tee in college and he said that Ross was a great soccer player and had no trouble kicking off the ground.
He asked about Rich Rodriguez's future. I was very enthusiastic about how great his offense is and how lucky Michigan is to have him as our coach. I think he was a little surprised at how supportive I was. I told him I've been coming to Michigan games since 1973 and we have never had an explosive offense like the one he's building now (putting 67 points on Illinois a few hours later was nice validation). And as soon as the young guys on defense get a little experience, he'll have us in position to compete for national titles. Of course, it would help if we had a great kicker.