The BBQ at the Big House is probably the event that attracts the most in-state talent of any recruiting event each year. This year was no different, helped in part by a visit from a highly regarded 2020 prospect.
Four-star defensive end Bryce Mostella has been on Michigan’s radar for a while. He attends East Kentwood high school, where he is a teammate of 2019 commit Mazi Smith.
Mostella recently discussed his visit and his impressions of the staff in an interview with Maize n Brew.
The visit left on a strong impression on the rising junior. The staff did an excellent job in connecting with Mostella, who said “I can most definitely see my relationship growing and my comfort level increasing, drastically.”
As for what his favorite part of the visit was, Mostella was unambiguous.
“My favorite part was definitely the defensive meeting. It was fantastic, I learned a lot.”
Contributing to his interest in the meeting was defensive line coach Greg Mattison, who Mostella described as having “a fantastic passion and spectacular knowledge.”
Mostella added, “I also feel like he knows how to coach people individually, which is very important.”
Talking about where on the defensive line he’ll play, Mostella said it will be defensive end, but they “haven’t discussed a specific role.” Rather, “it was more of me understanding their technique as a whole.”
Before the BBQ, I predicted the prospects most likely to commit on their visit. I had Mostella on the list, but he says that his decision timeline has elongated too much to be able to say for sure.
“I used to figure I’d be committed by now but now I see that’s still too far in the future.”
Mostella said that “taking more and more visits” is what has caused him to change his attitude towards deciding.
He revealed that Northwestern, Iowa, Penn State, and Ohio State are other schools in which he has interest, calling them, along with Michigan, the “frontrunners.”
Mostella conceded he hasn’t “narrowed it down as much” as he should, but did admit that he has Michigan in his top three.
There aren’t any set plans for future visits, but a return to Ann Arbor is on the agenda.
“I will be back, but I don’t know when yet.”
I believe that Michigan has an excellent shot at landing the 6-6, 235 pound end. He recently picked up his fourth star on the 247 Composite, and could keep climbing the rankings as he plays out his final two years on varsity.
There are four Crystal Ball picks in for Mostella, and all of them point towards Michigan. In my opinion, it’s going to be tough for another school to overcome the Wolverines in this race.