The defensive line will always be a main focus at Michigan since there are technically three defensive line coaches on staff. That fact has caught the eye of many linemen, and most recently has intrigued 2014 defensive tackle Brandon Hines (Mequon, Wis./Homestead).
The 6-foot-2, 275-pound tackle recently took a visit to Ann Arbor and came away more than impressed with what the Wolverines have to offer.
"I think Michigan is ahead of a lot of the competition. They have so many resources, such a nice campus and nice people around," he said. "They really just have the whole package. You can't really say anything bad about Michigan. The coaches are all experienced, and that's one of the main things I love there is that they basically have three defensive line coaches."
Hines said he had a chance to sit down and talk with defensive coordinator Greg Mattison and defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery. He was very impressed with both coaches and came away with some valuable information on how to improve in the future.
The main theme from the coaches was to keep his grades up, and since he has around a 3.3 GPA already, he should be in good shape. The focus on academics, though, was something that impressed both Hines and his mother.
"My mom works for a local college and she's really big on academics," he said. "She said the resources they have there are great, and she wants me to go to a school like Michigan. She also really liked Coach Mattison, and he already has a good relationship with my high school coach so that's good."
Hines and his mother got a chance to take in practice, see the campus and they even had the opportunity to meet former Michigan Heisman winner Desmond Howard. Watching practice allowed Hines to see exactly how the defensive coaches interact with the line up close and in person.
"Coach Hoke called me over and told me to watch the defensive line and how they practice. He gave me some people to watch, too," he said. "I was watching him coach, and he came over and coached the defensive line personally for about 15 minutes."
That was a great experience for Hines, and he took it to heart. Seeing the coaching staff in action made him want to have that one-on-one interaction, so Hines is going to do his best to make it to Michigan's summer camp in June.
"They want to coach me up, so I'll try to make it for the camp," he said. "They told me and my mom that they were happy to have me there and that they want to come out to my school sometime soon. They said as long as I keep working hard then everything will fall into place."