Tuesday, June 17, 2008

another 4 star

Orland Park (Ill.) Sandburg offensive tackle Michael Schofield is one of the most heavily recruited offensive line prospects in the Midwest with 20 scholarship offers to his credit. The Rivals.com top 250 prospect has looked closely at his recruitment in the last couple weeks and now has a decision."I just committed to Michigan, so I'm feeling pretty good about it right now," Schofield said. "I felt pretty good about Michigan for awhile now. Ever since I made my first visit there last month I felt really good about them. I was thinking about some other schools too for a little bit there, but decided Michigan was the best place to go."
Schofield committed to Michigan on MondayMichigan's coaches are in the midst of their summer football camp, but were around to receive the call when Schofield placed it."I called Coach (Scott) Shafer, my recruiting coach, and he passed the phone around to a bunch of people," Schofield said. "I talked to Coach (Greg) Frey, the o-line coach, the offensive coordinator and then Coach (Rich) Rodriguez as well. Rodriguez was pretty happy."In the past several weeks leading up to the start of his team's summer camp, Schofield took trips to Notre Dame, Iowa, Purdue, Wisconsin and Michigan. His trip to Ann Arbor occurred last week Tuesday and was a catalyst for the decision."That really got me. After I visited I was really excited about Michigan," he said. "The whole time I was there I felt really comfortable. I felt like I fit in. They are really nice coaches and the strength coach is somebody I want to work with because he's just so intense. They do lifts that, of all the colleges I've been to so far, no one does lifts like that. They do pre-hab so no one gets hurt and no one else does that."Another aspect of Schofield's visit that intrigued him about Michigan was the introduction to Michigan's education."Academics is the reason why you actually go to college and Michigan has some of the best academics in the country," Schofield said. "It's exciting that you have some of the best football in the country and the academics – it's the perfect fit."Schofield had always planned to announce his decision before the start of his senior season, but that it came this early in the process is somewhat of a surprise."When you find the right school, why wait? That was the school I wanted to go to so I didn't wait any longer," Schofield said. "It just takes away a lot of distractions. I don't have to worry about calling a bunch of coaches and it allows me to focus. I feel relaxed, excited and just happy I got it done with and picked the right school."Rivals.com ranks the 6-7, 292-pound Schofield as the No. 197 player in the country, the No. 16 offensive tackle and a four-star prospect.