- Tom VanHaaren, RecruitingNation
ESPN 300 defensive end Auston Robertson has had a top three of Michigan State, Notre Dame and Ohio State for a few months now. That list seemed to be pretty solid until Monday when Robertson and fellow ESPN 300 recruit Austin Mack visited Michigan.
The Wolverines have now moved up Robertson’s list and have replaced Ohio State in the top list.
“I don’t really have a relationship like that with Ohio State anymore, so why keep them in the top three,” he said. “So now it’s Michigan State, Notre Dame and Michigan."
Robertson admits the Wolverines have some ground to make up on the other two schools on the list, but says he will give them a shot to do so. He was planning a trip to Notre Dame in the next week but can't because of a scheduling conflict.
The No. 143 ranked prospect wants his mother to visit each school before his June 7 decision date so she can weigh in with her opinion as well.
This recent trip to Michigan opened Robertson’s eyes to a new way of thinking at Michigan. Speaking with special teams coach John Baxter about his academics made Robertson feel as though the Michigan coaches really cared about him in the classroom.
The in-depth conversation about his transcripts and grades really impressed the defensive end, but a talk with head coach Jim Harbaugh is what really stood out on the day.
“I had dinner with Coach Harbaugh and he seems like a pretty good guy. He was explaining to me that if I committed to Michigan and they won a national championship that I would be remembered as a player who helped turn Michigan around,” he said. “I want to put myself in history and be remembered as a football player, so that really stood out.”
The new top list will likely be the last shake-up for Robertson who is winding down toward his decision. It might be tough for Michigan to overtake Michigan State and Notre Dame for his commitment, but this visit certainly helped get the ball rolling.
The Wolverines have moved into the top 3 for ESPN 300 defensive end Auston Robertson.