- Tom VanHaaren, ESPN Staff Writer
Michigan is targeting some top prospects at wide receiver, and the coaching staff got its chance to impress one of the targets in person. Receiver Alvin Bailey (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) took a trip to Ann Arbor for the first time and said the visit boosted Michigan's position.
"It helped them a lot. I was already up on Michigan, but this definitely helped," he said. "I knew some things about them, but being able to see it in person it meant a lot."
Bailey, who is the No. 5 ranked athlete in the country, said the best part of the trip for him was seeing the Big House up close, since he has never seen a stadium that size. After a spontaneous game of pickup basketball with his friends, he got a chance to sit down with the coaching staff to discuss what Michigan has to offer.
"Coach [Jerry] Montgomery showed us around, and then we talked with Coach [Jeff] Hecklinski for a little bit," he said. "We mostly talked about the depth chart, who they're recruiting, and what the offense would be like when I would be there."
Bailey is the second prospect from Armwood High School to visit Michigan this offseason, as his teammate, safety Leon McQuay III, recently took a visit to Ann Arbor. McQuay has Michigan in his top three schools along with Vanderbilt and USC. The two prospects aren't trying to be a package deal, but Bailey says it wouldn't hurt to end up at the same place.
"Leon and I have been talking a lot about Michigan," he said. "We don't know what's going to happen yet, but it would be nice to go to the same school."
Bailey was fresh off of a visit to Notre Dame before his trip to Michigan, and he tweeted a picture of himself in a Michigan jersey holding a football. That football just happened to be from the previous season's night game when Michigan beat Notre Dame. Bailey said despite that strategically placed ball the coaching staff didn't mention other schools, because they didn't seem worried about anyone but Michigan.
This wasn't the last visit for the four-star as he is on his way to Clemson now, and still has more college campuses to see after that.
"Later in July I think I'm going to Florida State, Georgia and Auburn. That's probably it after that," he said. "After this week I'll probably have a top five or top eight. I'll probably make my decision before the season."