Michigan Top 2019 TE Target Sets Visit, Talks What's Important At Next Level

Michigan Top 2019 TE Target Sets Visit, Talks What's Important At Next Level

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Michigan Top 2019 TE Target Sets Visit, Talks What's Important At Next Level


2019 Concord (CA) De La Salle tight end Isaiah Foskey has a long-standing relationship with Michigan. Can the Wolverines reel him in?


Michigan Top 2019 TE Target Sets Visit, Talks What’s Important At Next Level

In the Summer of 2016, Michigan and Isaiah Foskey got their first idea of what their working relationship would be like.

The entire Wolverines coaching staff was in nearby Antioch, trying to woo the nation’s top-rated recruit of the cycle at the time in Najee Harris, but Foskey, soon-to-be a sophomore at the time, was another priority for the staff. The relationship started building from there, with 2019 in distant sight.

Fast forward to today, and the 2019 cycle is in full swing. But, as of now, Foskey is uncommitted, still looking for that perfect school to spend his next three to five years.

He’s made recent visits, as of this past April, to a slew of schools in the East and Midwest, with three standing out: Ohio State, Penn State and Clemson. He left each impressed, not with the facilities, but with the focus they all place on life beyond the gridiron.

If anything, that’s become the most important thing that he’s looking for at the next level, and in news that Michigan fans certainly don’t want to hear, Ohio State hit a home run in that regard.

“I really like Coach Meyer,” Foskey told WolverinesWire. “I really like how he really cares about his players after football. When I went there, I went there on Wednesday, so they had ‘Real Life Wednesdays.’ They had presenters come in and try to help you with jobs after football – football’s not going to last forever, and they know that. So they’re trying to help you after football.

“At Penn State, they had the same thing. They didn’t have ‘Real Life Wednesdays,’ but they were the same thing, like for when you’d graduate. So did Clemson.

“All three of those schools, they mostly paid attention to that, and that’s what I liked.”

Though only a few hours away from Ann Arbor, even with the long-standing relationship, Foskey didn’t make his way to campus. But he soon will, set to visit Michigan for the annual BBQ at the Big House in July.

Foskey’s dedication to academics plays a big part in what he hopes to learn when he visits. “Pretty set on business,” the 6-foot-5, 240-pound tight end is looking forward to visiting the Ross School of Business and Michigan’s academic center for the student-athletes.

Over the years, he’s developed a solid relationship with former maize and blue tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh, who now coaches running backs. Now that Sherrone Moore is leading the charge on and off the field, he’s enjoyed a playful relationship with the younger coach and former Oklahoma offensive lineman.

Foskey says they talk about so much more than just football and have become fast friends.

“With Jay (Harbaugh), I’ve known him since Michigan first offered me,” he told WolverinesWire. “Our relationship is pretty good.

“With Moore, we just started our relationship. We texted back and forth about different stuff, not just football, but like The Finals and who’s the best NBA player of all time. We were arguing about that! It’s kind of funny. But we’re building our relationship. I like him as a coach. He came by our school and (we got) to talking.”

But it’s not all fun and games when the two talk. Moore tells Foskey that he sees something special in him as a tight end prospect, considering that he has a special skillset that not every tight end has.

“They see me as a tight end that’s not just receiving, but blocking. That’s what they like about me: that I can catch the ball and block all at the same time. There’s not many tight ends like that. There’s tight ends that can just block and there’s tight ends that can receive, but I have the best of both worlds to do both of them.”

Foskey plans to trim his list down to a top five or seven by the end of summer, with a decision likely to come in January (or most likely) February.

As you’d expect, the biggest part of that decision hinges on academics and how his institution of choice prioritizes life after football.

“With the coaches, they’re focusing on football as well as after football, trying to help you with after football,” Foskey said. “The academic part, everyone, like the coaches – coaches that want the best (for you in academics). Like a degree or major or masters – they really want that to happen for their players after football. Whether they’re there for five years or (a few) years.”

Foskey is rated 178th overall, regardless of position, in the 2019 247Sports Composite, and is ranked as the nation’s fifth-best tight end in the country.

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