A recruit could fall in love with a school for many reasons. Maybe it’s the football tradition and program itself. Perhaps it’s the academics and the college life the university is able to provide to the student-athlete.
Either way, 2020 4-star offensive lineman Miller Merriweather-Lewis likes a lot LSU is presenting to him. So much so it is his top school at the moment.
We caught up with Merriweather-Lewis about his recruitment, what Michigan needs to do to get to the top of his list, and more.
The 6-foot-3, 298-pounder from Ocala, Florida admits he has not heard from Michigan in a while, but when he does hear from Michigan, it is usually from offensive line coach Ed Warinner and head coach Jim Harbaugh.
“They’re really interested in me and tell me (to become) a Wolverine,” Merriweather-Lewis told Maize n Brew. “They are both great coaches and I know they take care of their players and develop them into great men and leaders.”
It appears the coaches are taking this recruitment a bit slow, but that isn’t the case for the coaches over at LSU and Auburn. Merriweather-Lewis said the coaches at those two schools are communicating with him very often.
But even so, Merriweather-Lewis said he wants Michigan to be his first official visit when it comes to that point in the recruitment.
“I would love to make (Michigan) my first official visit. I think I can do it in the spring. I’ll have to look again at the NCAA rules,” he said.
He has a long list of things he wants to see when he makes his way to Ann Arbor.
“I want to see what it would be like to be a student athlete at Michigan, like the daily life, the football facilities, class locations and where to eat,” he said. “I also would like to learn more about the history of Michigan as a university and as a football program.”
With LSU so far ahead, what does Michigan have to do to win him over?
“They would have to show lots of love,” he said. “I’m looking forward to continuing to building a relationship with them and to visiting.”
Merriweather-Lewis is hoping to have his recruitment wrapped up by the middle of his senior season, so sometime this October. He also said he will “most likely” have a list of his official top schools released after his spring visits.
Check out some highlights from his junior season below.