Despite No Offer, St. Thomas Aquinas WR Matthew Akuchie Enjoys Michigan Visit

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Despite No Offer, St. Thomas Aquinas WR Matthew Akuchie Enjoys Michigan Visit

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Despite No Offer, St. Thomas Aquinas WR Matthew Akuchie Enjoys Michigan Visit

Prior to visiting Michigan on July 28 for the BBQ at the Big House, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas 2019 wide receiver Matthew Akuchie told WolverinesWire he was making the trip in order to receive an offer.

Despite not getting an offer from the coach Jim Harbaugh, Akuchie enjoyed his time in Ann Arbor.

“I got to meet and talk with a lot of coaches,” Akuchie said. “I learned a lot about the school and what they do with the wide receivers there. Basically, I loved everything about the University of Michigan.”

Akuchie spent most of his time with coach Jim Harbaugh, wide receivers assistant Roy Roundtree and offensive analyst Ben McDaniels.

“They really like my frame speed and route running,” he added. “They just told me to keep working and that they’ll definitely keep watching me this season.”

The 6-foot-3, 187-pound wide receiver has offers from Yale, Columbia, Lehigh and University of Pikeville. Akuchie thinks Michigan will offer as long as he performs well during the 2018 season. He did not play much last season due to senior depth.

“I think if I do really well this season and I continue to show I’m interested in Michigan, then they will eventually offer,” Akuchie said. “Plus, we play DeMatha Catholic in the first game of the year on ESPN, so hopefully the staff will get to watch on television.”

During the camp portion of the barbecue, Akuchie worked out with Reno (Nev.) Damonte Ranch 2019 four-star pro-style quarterback Cade McNamara, who committed to Michigan on March 16.

“He threw me an out-route and really liked the way I ran it,” Akuchie said of his time with McNamara. “He hit me on a couple other throws throughout the camp. Then, we had just broke it down and he came up to me and asked if I wanted to throw more, which we did. I think he’s a great quarterback with a great spiral.

“Hopefully, we can be teammates.”

Other players Akuchie spent time with included Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett 2020 four-star wide receiver Josh Downs and Baltimore (Md.) St. Frances Academy 2020 four-star wide receiver Traeshon Holden.

“I think they really liked Michigan and are keeping all their options open,” Holden said.

Akuchie spoke with WolverinesWire prior to the July 28 visit.

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