When Tommy Doles (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) first visited Michigan, he was only on campus for part of the day, to participate in this summer’s football camp.
So the 2014 prospect appreciated the invite to the BBQ at the Big House, which would give him a chance to learn about the school and meet the coaches, all without having to work up a sweat.
“There was a lot I didn’t know about Michigan,” Doles said. “I had never been on the campus before. The way they treat student-athletes, I mean both the student and athlete is important there. They stress balance in your life.”
Doles had the chance to talk more with offensive line coach Darrell Funk, who helped by introducing him to a few of the 2013 Michigan O-line commits. Doles said his family was impressed with the commits and coaches and that they left a good impression of them.
“It was nice meeting all the coaches and getting to talk to them even more,” Doles said. “I saw some guys from the class of 2013, which was cool. It was great seeing the facilities and campus for the first time.”
Doles, who attends a Christian high school, is hoping to find a college that helps him to grow in his faith. For this reason, he had been attracted to schools like Notre Dame, where religion is integral to the university.
However, both of his offers so far (Michigan and Iowa State) are not religiously affiliated colleges.
He hadn’t heard much about religious life at Michigan prior to this weekend, but Doles said that on the campus tour, he noticed several churches scattered about Ann Arbor. He said he also heard that there are several Christian groups and organizations he could get involved in.
“Around the campus there were a lot of churches,” Doles said. “So I don’t see that being a problem. I think I’d still be a good fit at Michigan.”