Thirty years after his father, Vince Bean, had suited up for Michigan, Southfield (Mich.) class of 2013 wide receiver Brandon Bean attended a game at his father's alma mater as a recruiting visitor.
"I went to the Michigan Ohio-State game and it was crazy," Bean said. "The week before I went to the Michigan-Nebraska game and that was my first experience in the Big House. They invited me back this week to watch the Ohio State game and that was even more amazing to me."
Bean's father joined him on the visit to Ann Arbor for the Wolverine's game against Nebraska on Nov. 19, but was not along for the visit this past Saturday against Ohio State. Father and son have had several discussions recently about the elder's playing days in Ann Arbor.
"I talk to him just about every day about it, and he tells me all kinds of stories about when he played at Michigan," Bean said. "He played under Bo Schembechler and it definitely runs in the family. Michigan is definitely very impressive to me and talking about it with my dad is really interesting to me."
Michigan is recruiting Bean as a wide receiver prospect in the 2013 class. His first Big Ten interest came from Michigan State back in the summer, and the 6-2, 200-pound Bean also has strong interest in the Spartans.
"I've always liked the Spartans too," Bean said. "Michigan and Michigan State are both amazing to me and I'd love to be part of those [programs] if I could."
Bean made a recruiting visit to East Lansing earlier this fall to see the Spartans' last-second win over Wisconsin on Homecoming.
"I knew once I watched Michigan State and Wisconsin play, the Big Ten is where it's at and that's where I want to be," Bean said.
Other schools that are showing strong, early interest in Bean include Cincinnati, Syracuse and Wisconsin. He has teammates committed to both Cincinnati and Syracuse, and had recent contact with Wisconsin coaches.
"I hear a lot from Wisconsin through the mail and on Thursday I talked to the coach on Facebook," Bean said. "He messaged me about keeping my options open and allowing them to recruit me.
"I like a lot of schools and I don't think any school has an edge right now."