Michigan has been on the recruiting trail over the past month. The Wolverines landed five prospects in June, grabbed Gooding (Idaho) High tight end Colston Loveland yesterday and now have a commitment in place from Clearwater (Fla.) Gaither edge rusher Mario eugene.
The talented passer received more than 30 offers when recruited, but it boiled down to two finalists – Michigan and Iowa State. The official visit to UM in mid-June sealed the deal for the Wolverines and really reassured Eugenio.
“It was just like home when I went there,” he said. “I have met a lot of players and a lot of coaches. Me and Coach Oz [Ryan Osborn] and coach [Shaun] Nua already had a good bond and wanted to see them in real life and meet them. It was a great experience throughout the visit. “
Obviously head coach Jim Harbaugh was involved as well and he also made a good impression. Eugenio has been honest about Harbaugh’s recent run on the pitch, but overall he feels good with his future head coach.
“I think Coach Harbaugh is a really good guy,” Eugenio said. “I went to his house and we got to chat a lot. I met his brother, John, from the Ravens.
“As a coach he’s doing well. Last season was Michigan’s worst season in a long time. However, I think he’s a great coach overall. He played in Michigan and he coached and played. in the NFL. I think he knows his stuff. “
Part of what makes Eugenio feel like Harbaugh and his team know what they’re doing is their plan for the versatile defender. He does a lot of different things in high school on both sides of the ball, so putting that athleticism to good use will be key.
“They want me as a forward, so I feel like I will fit into their defense pretty well with the way they are leading it now and how they have told us about it,” explained Eugenio. “I’m mostly going to rush the passer, but maybe on a down one or two, getting back to cover a bit.”
Eugenio is as strong as he can get with UM, but he admits it was a tough decision for him. So many schools have so many great things to sell, and his top two really got him thinking.
“It was a really tough decision between Iowa State and Michigan all along the way,” he said. “There were times I thought I was going to Iowa State. I love it there. I love the Iowa State coach, but I wanted to keep an unbiased opinion. when i went to michigan i started hanging out and liking it. i was like, ‘i like here.’ I really liked the college town. There were Michigan fans everywhere. It was just a city of love.
“My family loves him too. They didn’t know it but they loved him. Between them, they also loved Iowa State and Michigan. They also didn’t know who I should choose. really close until I felt Michigan was the one after my visit. It felt right at home. “
Now that he’s committed to Michigan, Eugenio is going to do the right thing and notify Iowa state staff of his decision. As he reflected on this call and the whole process, it was easy to tell he was relieved.
“I’m going to talk to the Iowa State coach and thank him for his time and everything,” Eugenio explained. “It was just a pretty difficult and stressful time with every school texting and calling me. To be honest, I’m just happy to be done with it. I feel like I’ve finally found my home for four years after high school. “