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Big day for Bredeson family at Michigan

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Hartland (Wisc.) Arrowhead four-star class of 2016 offensive lineman Ben Bredeson had previously visited Michigan, but returned on Sunday for their BBQ event.
"It was different and it was fun," Bredeson said. "The whole A-Maize-ing Race set up was a good way to meet everybody and see the campus. I definitely found it worthwhile just because I was able to talk to a bunch of their commits, recruits and current players."
Among the committed prospects Bredeson interacted with on the visit was Michigan's quarterback commits in the classes of 2015 and 2016.
"I talked to Messiah (DeWeaver) a little bit, but Alex (Malzone) was the captain of my A-Maize-ing Race team," Bredeson said. "He sat down and talked to me a little bit at dinner, so I got to talk to those two a lot. I got a good vibe from both of them just how much they liked the University and why they think I should go there."
The visit also gave Bredeson a chance to spend time with the coaches on Michigan's staff he already knew, and get to know others better.
"I talk to Coach (Greg) Mattison all the time because he is the guy who recruits Wisconsin," Bredeson said. "I wanted to start building a closer relationship with Coach (Darrell) Funk so he and I sat down and talked for most of the visit just to get to know each other a lot more. We hit it off real well, a lot better than I had hoped. It was good to start getting closer with Coach Funk because he's the one I'd ultimately be dealing with a majority of the time if I go there."
This weekend was also a recruiting visit with the University of Michigan baseball team for Ben's older brother, Jack, who was offered and committed to the school for baseball.
"This was definitely a good one for him and he deserves it," Bredeson said. "He got offered and committed right there, so it was a great day yesterday for the family.
"He and I are really close - about as close as two brothers can be. I really couldn't tell you if it makes me want to go to Michigan more or not. I could see myself going to the same college as him, but part of me wants to make my own identity. I could see myself going both ways right now, so I still haven't figured out if that is a positive or negative for Michigan with him going there."
The Michigan visit was Bredeson's first college trip in several weeks and he does not have any more planned before the start of his junior season. He is eyeing potential visits to Notre Dame the weekend of Sept. 6 and then possibly Michigan again on Oct. 11.
In the first Rivals100 presented by Under Armour for the 2016 class, the 6-foot-4, 280-pound Bredeson debuts as the No. 36 ranked player.
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