- Tom VanHaaren, ESPN Staff Writer
Michigan will be hosting two big recruiting weekends the next two weeks for their games against Nebraska and Ohio State. The coaching staff was host to a 2013 visitor on Tuesday, though, that ended in their favor.
Jayme Thompson (Cleveland/Central Catholic), a 2013 safety prospect, took in Michigan's practice and got a tour of the facilities Tuesday afternoon.
Thompson has already been up to Michigan for a game but took this trip with his father to get a more in-depth look at what the Wolverines have to offer.
"We met with all the coaches; (head coach) Brady Hoke, (defensive coordinator) Greg Mattison, and my recruiting coach Jerry Montgomery," he said. "We also went to the academic center and met with them, and they showed us around the whole campus."
As he mentioned, the visit gave him a chance to sit down with the coaches and get to know them. That aspect of the trip, according to Thompson, was one of his favorite parts.
"I liked how personable the coaches were, and Brady Hoke seems like a players' coach," he said.
Thompson is a junior, but his recruitment has started to speed up dramatically. This visit, coupled with the fact that he will also be in attendance for the Nebraska game this weekend, is helping him get closer and closer to a final decision.
"I told the Michigan coaches that I would have a decision by Jan. 1," he said. "It's definitely narrowed down to two schools right now, Michigan and West Virginia."
It doesn't hurt that Ann Arbor is close enough to make a mid-week drive up to campus just to check things out. The Michigan coaches will put an emphasis on defensive backs for the 2013 class, and they would also like to add size and speed. Thompson accomplishes all of their goals as a 6-foot, 180-pound defensive back.
The more he visits, the better the chances are for the Wolverines, it would seem. January is right around the corner, so Thompson has a lot of thinking to do in a short period of time.