When Lathan Ransom’s landed in Detroit, Michigan after a long flight from Arizona, he headed straight across I-94 west to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
For the Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe Catholic 2020 four-star safety, his trip to Michigan on Sept. 15 was his first out-of-state game day visit. Alongside Ransom was Salpointe head coach Dennis Bene and teammate Bijan Robinson.
Following a 30 minute conversation with head coach Jim Harbaugh and 45 minute film session with safeties coach Chris Partridge, Ransom made his way onto the field.
“The atmosphere was super special,” Ransom described. “Walking into the stadium, some of the fans knew my name. It’s awesome the fans are that into it that they know my name. And, we won the game.
“I just want to thank Michigan for having me. It’s a very special place, and I had a blast.”
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound safety has offers to play for Stanford, USC, Arizona, Arizona State, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, USC, Utah and Washington.
Ransom said Washington, Stanford, Arizona State, Arizona, Oklahoma, Michigan and Florida are recruiting him the hardest and text him daily. He was offered by Michigan on Aug. 23, 2018.
Harbaugh, on the visit, told Ransom about his love for the Wolverines – growing up as a fan, playing college football and returning as a head coach.
“It was crazy because I see him so much on television,” Ransom added. “To see him, and talk to him, in person was awesome. He’s a knowledgeable dude because he knows what the NFL wants. If you want to get to the NFL, he can help. He talked a lot about the education.”
Belleville (Mich.) 2020 four-star cornerback Andre Seldon, Belleville (Mich.) 2019 three-star defensive end Tyrece Woods and Grand Rapids (Mich.) East Kentwood 2019 four-star defensive tackle Mazi Smith, all Michigan commits, were all in Ransom’s ear during Michigan’s 45-20 win over SMU on Saturday.
“(Andre) was super cool. He spoke highly of Michigan,” Ransom said. “We were all just talking, and they were trying to sell me on Michigan. They were really into the game, which is cool to see because they are all in on Michigan.
“Some guys are committed but are slanted a different way. These guys are truly committed and all about Michigan.”
Robinson, Ransom’s 2020 four-star teammate, also enjoyed the visit to see the Wolverines. The 6-foot, 205-pound athlete is ranked No. 37 in the nation, No. 5 at running back and No. 2 in Arizona, according to 247Sports Composite.
“He liked it a lot,” Ransom said of Robinson. “We both talked about going to the same place. We think it might be a good idea to commit to the same school.”
Since he was a child, Ransom envisioned himself on the biggest stage at every level – high school, college and NFL. He realized upon arriving in Ann Arbor that the Big House is truly the most colossal in the nation.
“I’ve always heard the Big House was the biggest place in college football but to see it in person was overwhelming,” Ransom said. “It caught me off guard that there was actually 110,000 fans in attendance.”
Ransom is ranked No. 326 in the nation, No. 20 at safety and No. 9 in Arizona, according to 247Sports Composite. He aims to make a commitment right before the start of the 2019 football season but as a recruit, anything could happen.