The University of Michigan has historically been a school that likes to build their football team from the trenches on out. A strong offensive line has been one of the trademarks of the program for several years and it looks like the same philosophy holds true today in terms of the talent they have been able to bring in, at least on paper.
One of these talented prospects they are looking at his 2016 offensive tackle Thiyo Lukusa (Traverse City, Michigan), who has seen the recruiting process heat up for him recently.
"It's been pretty fantastic," Lukusa said. "It started out slow and then picked up pretty quickly.
"It's been hot for a while."
The four-star prospect has a lot of interest from schools all over the country including Ohio State, Michigan State, Nebraska and Auburn, all of which he says he is pretty high on.
Michigan, who many had as his leader early on, is still in the mix, according to Lukusa.
"They're up there for sure," he said. "They’re a little down right now as a program, but I still believe in the tradition. They’re definitely up there still."
Lukusa has spoken with coaches Dan Ferrigno, Chris Singletary and Darrell Funk throughout the process. He did, however, acknowledge that Michigan's disappointing start to the season and uncertainties surrounding the coaching staff would definitely affect his recruitment going forward.
"I’ve built a really strong relationship with everyone that’s there right now," he said. "So yes, for them to possibly be gone would be huge."
He plans on releasing his top five schools sometime in November and then committing around Dec 1. His reply to if the above schools listed would make up his top five as of today was, "Not necessarily, but maybe."
Lukusa tells me he will be visiting Michigan this weekend for their Little Brown Jug rivalry game with the University of Minnesota.
He is the 24th-ranked offensive tackle and eight-ranked player in the state of Michigan in the class of 2016, according to the 247 Compsosite.
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