Michael Schofield was relatively unknown as signing day approached with oncoming quickness. That changed however, when he made an all-star appearance for high school stars, and was vaulted into the spotlight as a top flight offensive line prospect. However, even with the rankings, awards and spotlight, his transition has humbled him.
“It’s a big transition coming from high school to here. But I love football, so it’s been great. The speed is so much faster. And the overall technique is just a huge part of football.”
One of the reasons the Wolverines landed Schofield was in large part because of his future, and now present, position coach, Greg Frey.
“Coach Frey is a really cool coach. He’s one of the reasons I picked this school. He’s just been a huge help, helping out us freshman as well as he can.”
He joins fellow freshman Taylor Lewan and Quinton Washington down in the dirt of the line, where he says that camaraderie is already blossoming.
“We all get along really well, and they’re just great players. We have a bright future here.”
Part of that bright future may be starting all together on the same line and watching each others back. The prospect of which had Schofield absolutely glowing.
“If all three of us could start on the o-line at the same time, that’d be a great accomplishment and it’d be really cool.”
Almost beating a dead horse, many talk about Michigan’s big brother program, and Schofield has some popular names giving him advice as he starts out his Wolverine career.
“We have a big brother program and mine is Elliott Mealer, as well as Patrick Omameh and Mark Ortmann and they’ve all been helping me out.”
No doubt his teammates have helped make his transition a lot easier, but living in Illinois with a close proximity to home as enabled him to keep a close relationship with his parents and little brother. Schofield is pleased with their presence.
“They’ve come and visited a few times, and it’s cool having them so close. They’re going to come to my games and stuff, so that’s great.”
Schofield enters his first season with the full comprehension that he may be sitting out the year to better prepare himself for the rigors of big time college football along the line. The idea of red-shirting is accepted with open arms by the youngster.
“It’d probably be better for me, because it’s so hard to come in as a freshman and start on the offensive line, so I’m ready for it.”