The Michigan coaching staff has targeted several states harder than others so far in the 2020 recruiting cycle. One of those states — Arizona — is a surprising one so far, as the Wolverines don’t typically target the Grand Canyon State.
Nevertheless, there seems to be a good crop of players in Arizona in the 2020 class, one of them being 3-star offensive lineman Noah Nelson.
The 6-foot-8, 295-pounder from Gilbert, Arizona may only be a 3-star as of now, but he is probably due for a rankings bump. He holds offers from Michigan, Oklahoma, UCLA, Auburn, Oklahoma State, Purdue, USC, Washington, Washington State and more.
Nelson unofficially visited Michigan last week. He already announced via Twitter his intentions to visit again, this time for an official visit, on April 12. Maize n Brew caught up with Nelson after that news was announced, and the reason he is visiting again so soon is to speed up the process.
“I would really like to commit before my senior year,” Nelson said.
On his unofficial visit last week, Nelson was able to “check out the facility, meet the amazing coaching staff and see how they run Michigan.”
“It was a pretty cool experience,” Nelson said. “It was really great.”
He isn’t sure yet what he will do on his return trip in April, as he has not taken an official visit anywhere yet. Regardless, he did admit he holds the Wolverines in high regard.
“(Michigan is) one of the top five,” Nelson said. “Oklahoma and Washington (are two others in my top five). I’m not sure about the rest yet.”
Nelson said he isn’t sure if he will release an official top five list, but those three aforementioned schools are at least on that hypothetical list.
When it comes to what Nelson likes most about Michigan, he didn’t shy away from talking about the coaching staff.
“I think (offensive line coach Ed Warinner and graduate assistant coach Josh Hendershot) are really great people and coaches,” he said. “I (also) like how academically strong they are, but they also a football powerhouse.”
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