It's become noticeable as we roll through the 2017 recruiting cycle that Jim Harbaugh is recruiting the West Coast and Polynesian players much harder than last cycle, for good reason too. This Californian has taken notice to Michigan for a long time, even before Jim Harbaugh was dabbing after home runs.
Fa'avae Fa'avae, who claims to be so nice they named him twice, is a 3-star OLB out of Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA), and he told us all about his love for Michigan.
"I have really liked Michigan ever since I was a kid," he said. "It's smash mouth football."
Fa'avae doesn't have an offer from Michigan, but has spoke with them.
"Michigan is a great school and I've heard a lot about it," he said. "Coach (Tony) Tuioti, being a fellow Polynesian, is huge in the process."
Fa'avae said Tuioti likes the way he plays and rushes the passer. Fa'avae is a California kid, and usually those tend to be the recruits less likely to leave home.
"I am fine with going away from home," he said. "One day you have to leave the house, so (distance from home) won't play a factor at all."
Fa'avae is already planning a visit to Michigan, too.
"I'm hoping to visit during the summer, and then take an official visit when my offer comes in."
Fa'avae also has a history with the two primary Michigan football schools.
"My dad really likes Michigan," he said. "One of my uncles played football at Utah State, and he did law school at Michigan State."
Fa'avae has been in contact with Michigan State too, but he was honest about his comparison between the two Big Ten schools.
"I talked to Michigan State a little bit, not as much as Michigan," he said. "(laughs) I like Michigan more."
Fa'avae doesn't have a commit date set and wants to take his visits. We asked him where Michigan would stand if they were to offer him.
"Michigan would definitely be top two or three, no doubt."
Fa'avae is the 839th player overall and the 57th overall OLB in the class of 2017. Fa'avae's stock could rise as he now boasts offers from Arizona State, Louisville and more.