January 12, 2009

Schofield visit lived up to expectations

Driving through the snowstorm on Friday afternoon, four-star commitment Michael Schofield was excited to make his official visit to Michigan. This trip to Ann Arbor, his fifth so far, proved to be his best yet …

"I've been there a bunch of times but this time I had a chance to meet all of the position coaches and meet a lot more players, especially the offensive linemen," he said. "I talked a lot with Coach Frey - he's a really cool guy - and just had a chance to get to know a lot more of my future teammates. I really had a good time."

Offensive lineman Rocko Khoury played host and made sure Schofield took in all the sights and sounds of Ann Arbor. The visiting recruits took a campus tour and ate until they were content.

"There was so much food," said Schofield. "I feel like all we did all weekend was eat and hang out. It was pretty cool."

While fans may have worried about the affects from the snowstorm on a mostly-southern visit list, Schofield said the coaches embraced the white powder, engaging in a snowball fight and instructing the recruits to make snow angels on the 50-yard line of The Big House.

"The guys from the south were so excited and were acting like kids out there," he said. [Four-star prospect] Marcus Hall and I are both from the Midwest so we didn't get into as much but it was definitely cool to see how stoked the southern guys got.

"There was a snowball fight between the two dorms too and that was something I had never experienced before. Our side won of course because we had all the football players."

Schofield was originally recruited by former defensive coordinator Scott Shafer and admitted he was surprised when Shafer and Michigan parted ways. However, by then, Frey had assumed many of the conversations with the four-star Orland Park, Ill., recruit.

"Coach Shafer was a good recruiter but Coach Frey is the guy I've been talking to for awhile now so it didn't seem weird [that Shafer wasn't there]," Schofield said. "I talked to all the offensive coaches, though, about where I fit in the offense. They have a really young line and they think we can be great in a few years.

"They said they like me at tackle but Michigan is going to play the five best so I might have to move to guard. That's fine with me. I just want to play and make a difference in my career."

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