2016 offensive tackle Alex Akingbulu (Harbor City, California) was offered by the Michigan Wolverines on Wednesday, which was his first ever.
Akingbulu spoke to me about the offer and what it meant to him.
"I was pretty much speechless," he said. "I was just thanking God because it’s such a blessing. It a really long time for it to sink in. I couldn't really believe it."
The offer was extended to him by offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Tim Drevno through his high school coach.
"My coach told me that Coach Drevno was really excited to hear about me and that they are very interested in me," he said.
Akingbulu, 6-6, 270 pounds, has only played one year of organized football and is currently unranked by all of the major recruiting services, but he still has had contact with a few schools, he tells me.
"I’ve heard a little bit from USC and I’ve talked to Washington," he said. "USC has been the one that has talked to me the most."
Still, he likes what the Wolverines have to offer and the coaching staff they have been able to put together under Jim Harbaugh.
“Michigan is a great program with all the coaching experience and what not," he said. "I feel like they can get me to that next level skill-wise.
“I feel like I have so much potential even though I haven’t played as much. I work hard. I go hard every play. I always play like I have something to prove. Now that I've got the offer it’s just another chip on my shoulder to push it to that next level. And that’s what I’m going to do.”