The Michigan coaching staff has made a priority on getting an early start on recruiting and evaluating prospects. That doesn't just mean the 2013 class, but evaluating prospects within the 2014 class as well.
Quite a few sophomore prospects have been identified, and have even taken visits to Ann Arbor. Those include quarterback Chandler Kincade (Beaver Falls, Pa./Blackhawk), who is currently committed to Pitt.
"We were going up to Michigan State for their junior day, so we thought we might as well go to Michigan, too," he said. "I'm still committed to Pitt, but I committed to Coach (Todd) Graham's staff, so I'm just kind of waiting to meet the new staff before I change anything."
Kincade says he has enjoyed taking these visits to other schools, and he's just trying to keep his options open in case the worst happens.
Although he's young, Kincade is already listed at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds. He's a pro-style quarterback, and the new Pitt coaching staff will do everything it can to keep him on board.
"I'm going to try to get up to Pitt for three or four spring practices," he said. "I want to meet with the coaches and sit down and talk about everything, just to get to know them."
While he is still committed to Pitt, Kincade said he came away very impressed with his visit to Michigan. It was his first time in Ann Arbor, and he saw more than he expected.
"I met with Coach (Al) Borges, and we talked with him first. Then we went over to the stadium and toured the facilities," he said. "It was a really cool thing (being in the Big House). It's crazy to see that stadium, it's actually unbelievable. To think there's over 100,000 people in there it's crazy."
Kincade said he's not sure if he'll be able to make it back to Ann Arbor during the regular season, but will definitely try to make it back up soon.
"Everything was really impressive at Michigan, everything there was top notch," he said. "I don't know if I'll be able to make it up during the season, but we're going to try to make it up for a spring practice."