There were many familiar faces in Ann Arbor and at Michigan Stadium this weekend for the Wolverines’ spring game. Signees in the 2019 class showed up, as did recruits in the 2020 and 2021 classes.
One of the bigger names that visited was 2021 4-star defensive end Quintin Somerville. The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder from Scottsdale, Arizona could end up being one of the top defensive linemen in his class, and is currently the No. 18 overall player, according to 247Sports.
Somerville spoke to Maize n Brew about his first trip to U-M, a trip he called “amazing.”
“I was hoping to learn the system and definitely get more insight in the academic side of things, which were all answered today,” Somerville told Maize n Brew. “Ann Arbor has a culture unlike many other places and this visit was amazing.”
During the trip, Somerville got to spend time with new defensive line coach Shaun Nua and defensive coordinator Don Brown. Somerville said they toured the Michigan facilities and “watched a little film on the positions I’d play in the defense.”
Despite this being his first time in Ann Arbor, Somerville said he has known Nua since his days at Arizona State.
“I met coach Nua a while back at ASU and we connected ever since,” Somerville said. “We’d talk weekly and he’d just check up on how I was doing, so our relationship really speaks for itself.”
Great unofficial visit to Arizona State yesterday! Thank you for having me out, looking forward to coming back #ForksUp @shaunnua @RyneRezac @Fred_Gammage pic.twitter.com/WgoODRZPYZ— Quintin Somerville (@quintinn_2) March 17, 2018
One coach he has not known for long, but got to know a bit better, is Brown, who he called a “legend.”
“Coach Brown is a legend, and after sitting in both film and dinner you get to see both sides of him. I have gained a lot of respect for him obviously as a football coach, but also a man outside of the game,” he said.
So was the trip good enough to come back in the future?
“I’m actually hoping I can get back out here this fall for a game,” Somerville said.
Whether that happens or not remains to be determined, but you have to love hearing stuff like this if you are a Michigan fan — especially with Somerville being at a position of need and in a region of the country Michigan hasn’t historically recruited well.
Somerville also holds offers from Ohio State, Auburn, Memphis, Utah, Arizona and Arizona State. He recorded 40 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and five sacks during his sophomore season, according to his Hudl sophomore season highlight reel, which you can see below.