Post-Visit Reaction: Two Schools Standing Out for DiCosmo

Post-Visit Reaction: Two Schools Standing Out for DiCosmo

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Post-Visit Reaction: Two Schools Standing Out for DiCosmo


2019 Oradell (NJ) Bergen Catholic three-star DE Aeneas DiCosmo recapped his Michigan visit, where things stand, what he’s looking for, and when he’ll decide.


Post-Visit Reaction: Two Schools Standing Out for DiCosmo

Michigan is looking to continue its strong New Jersey-to-Ann Arbor pipeline.

After taking four commits from the Garden State in 2016 and three in 2017, there was no one from the state of New Jersey in the 2018 class.

The Wolverines hope to change that in 2019.

If they do, the maize and blue are resting their laurels on pulling in one of two NJ defensive ends — Blairstown (NJ) Blair Academy WDE David Ojabo or Oradell (NJ) Bergen Catholic three-star Aeneas DiCosmo.

Michigan got in relatively early with DiCosmo, offering him in late-December 2017. He took an unofficial visit to Ann Arbor during spring ball in March. But then, other suitors had caught on — and he got a coveted Stanford offer just a week after he visited the Wolverines.

He had planned to make his decision in early July, but UCLA swooped in with a late offer, having come just a few weeks ago. DiCosmo wants to see what that’s about, and then make a final decision.

But, as he told WolverinesWire, while UCLA — and Notre Dame — are involved, it’s currently a heavyweight bout between the Michigan Wolverines and the school head coach Jim Harbaugh turned into a powerhouse years before he returned to Ann Arbor — the Stanford Cardinal.

“I’d say right now it’s Michigan, Stanford, Notre Dame and I’m taking my last visit in a few weeks to UCLA,” DiCosmo told WolverinesWire. “But yeah, you’re pretty accurate with the Michigan – Stanford one. Honestly, they’re kind of just different schools.

“I still have to figure out which of the schools I value more. Stanford is pretty much the top school in the country and Michigan has the biggest alumni base in the country, so it depends on what I value more and what I want from my college experience. I’ll be thinking about that for the next few weeks.”

But Michigan has something of an ace up its sleeve when it comes to all-things New Jersey recruiting — safeties coach Chris Partridge.

Partridge, the former head coach of Paramus Catholic, has helped land such highly-rated players as Rashan Gary and Kareem Walker, continues to be a force on the trail when pitching players back in his home state to come to Ann Arbor. But it’s a different situation entirely with DiCosmo, as his father was actually a senior in high school playing with a young high school freshman version of Chris Partridge.

That bond that was forged back then between houses DiCosmo and Partridge has carried on, so when the younger DiCosmo made his return to Ann Arbor for his official visit this past weekend, he was able to be extra attuned to what he knew the 6-foot-3, 220-pound edge rusher would want to know.

“Chris Partridge, who recruits New Jersey — he did such a phenomenal job,” DiCosmo said. “I had meetings with people that he knew I’d be interested in (meeting). Academic coaches, people who offer internship opportunities — he was very thorough with that, giving me the opportunity to see the best things that Michigan has to offer.

“Aside from that, I went go-karting and mini-golfing with a few of the recruits and some of the players, and that was also a blast. That was fun!”

His father, Anthony, showcased a potential things to come, posting a picture on Twitter of his son with Michigan commit Chris Hinton, defensive line coach Greg Mattison, now-Michigan commit Mazi Smith (who pledged his commitment on Sunday night), and five-star target Zach Harrison.

Along with cornerback target DJ Turner, DiCosmo has gotten to know the Michigan commits and targets over the course of the last few months — not just this past weekend — as many of them have had similar stops on the recruiting trail.

It made for a more gratifying experience, going through the same paces as his compatriots and peers. A bond continues to form between him and some of his potential teammates, and he says he’s looking forward to getting more face time with many of them before he makes his August decision.

“I was with with Chris Hinton, Zach (Harrison) and DJ Turner all weekend,” DiCosmo said. “We were having a lot of fun. I definitely (got close with them), especially DJ Turner who I was with on my Notre Dame visit — (and then I’ll see) Zach and DJ again at The Opening. We’ve been hitting it off these past few weeks.”

But friendship isn’t the deciding factor as to why DiCosmo will be choosing a school at the next level — it will be academics.

If you couldn’t tell by his top four school choices, DiCosmo takes school seriously, and, of course, Michigan knows that — having tailor made this past weekend’s visit accordingly.

The Wolverines still face an uphill battle, with Stanford looming large, but this weekend went a long way to answering any questions or concerns that DiCosmo may have had, coming in with a strong slate of meetings and pitches which helped sell the three-star student-athlete.

“I met with professors from the business school, I went to the theatre school — I got to meet professors from there,” DiCosmo said. “I even got to meet a (language) professor — I’ve been taking Mandarin for the past five years — I’m interested in minoring in college. That part was awesome.

“I could tell how powerful their alumni base is and how widespread they are and the opportunity you have after football and after going there.”

As of current, in the 247Sports Crystal Ball, Stanford leads for DiCosmo, pulling in 62% of the prognostications. Michigan has 31% of the 16 predictions.

In addition to his top four, DiCosmo has offers from Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Yale, Princeton, Harvard, Duke, Cornell, Columbia and Clemson — a good mix of strong academic institutions with prestigious athletic programs.

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