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Short list of visitors enjoys big win

9/16/2012

The atmosphere inside Michigan Stadium was still lively despite the lack of competition in the Wolverines’ 63-13 rout of Massachusetts. The 110,708 fans in attendance made noise early on, which gave visiting recruits a sample of how exciting the atmosphere can be.

"The atmosphere at Michigan was exciting," 2014 linebacker William White (Detroit/Cass Tech) said. "Seeing the players and parents I have been seeing since I was a child really made it better. Also the fans were very friendly people."

White and classmate Damon Webb, a cornerback, were supposed to take in Michigan State's game against Notre Dame after Michigan’s game. A traffic jam didn't allow them to do that, so the Wolverines inadvertently prevented the Spartans from hosting the top prospects.

Michigan State had plenty of other targets on hand, but Webb in particular is a huge in-state target. The Spartans ended up losing to Notre Dame, but it would have been an exciting game to be at nonetheless.

This game wasn't indicative of how loud Michigan Stadium can be, but it was a good win for Michigan in front of some important prospects and commitments.

"It's always a good atmosphere, but it wasn't as rowdy because it was UMass. It was fun, though," commit Ross Douglas (Avon, Ohio/Avon Lakes) said. "It made me more comfortable with my decision. The more I visit the more comfortable I get."

Douglas was joined at the game by fellow commits Csont'e York (Detroit/Chandler Park) and long snapper Scott Sypniewski (Ottawa, Ill./Marquette). For Sypniewski, this was the first Michigan home game he has attended since making his commitment to Michigan, so it was special for him despite the opponent.

"It went great. It's really exciting to think that I will be out there next year," he said. "My whole family got to go, so it was a good time for everyone. Michigan played well and it was good to see a W."

There wasn't a huge list of visitors for the game, so it gave the prospects who were in attendance the chance at some one-on-one attention. This game obviously won't be a huge recruiting tool for Michigan, but there were positives that could be taken away from the weekend.