- Tom VanHaaren, ESPN Staff Writer
The Michigan victory over Purdue this weekend was more than just a success on the field. It provided an extra boost with the visiting prospects as well. One of the recruits who came away impressed was 2013 defensive back Jayme Thompson (Cleveland/Central Catholic).
"It was an excellent experience, I enjoyed it a lot," he said. "The people were so friendly. Once everyone found out I was a recruit they were just making me feel really welcome."
Thompson said the fans were welcoming, and they also had the Big House rocking.
"I've never experienced anything like the wave that took place," he said. "It was up there with Wisconsin's 'Jump around' for me."
The 6-foot, 175-pound defensive back says that this visit definitely helped Michigan in regard to his recruitment. Before the visit he thought it was a good program, but he now thinks the Wolverines have moved up his list.
"It was already up on my list off of name alone, but this visit helped them a lot," he said. "I just can't wait to get back up there for the Nebraska game [on Nov.19]."
Thompson showed up a little late to the game because of his team's practice schedule. That meant he didn't get a chance to speak with the coaches, but as he said he will be back up for the Nebraska game in November. He'll get that face-to-face time then.
He has discussed how the coaches would like to use him in their defense, though, and this game showed him in person what they meant.
"I think I'd be a pretty good-sized defensive back for them," he said. "I looked at how active their safeties are, and they are pretty active. So I liked that a lot, because they want me as a safety."
Michigan will actively pursue safeties in the 2013 class, and it seems Thompson will be part of the coaching staff's plans going forward.
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