Libertyville, Ill., weakside defensive end Michael Culberson-Fehling did everything he could this summer to make sure that he was exposed to college coaches – this included a two-day trip that took him from Michigan State, to Bowling Green, to Western Michigan and then back home to Illinois.
"It was a lot of driving," Culberson-Fehling, who is 6-foot-3 and 226 pounds, said. "But it was worth it."
Indeed it was.
Culberson-Fehling walked away with a scholarship offer from Bowling Green and it's clear the Falcons are the team to beat.
"Coach (Mike) McCall is recruiting me, and he's an extremely nice guy," Culberson-Fehling said. "When we were there, they were also nice to my mom, and that scored points with me. He's a standup guy, and they showed me around campus. I was impressed.
"But I want to wait a little bit longer. I love Bowling Green, and it's a great school with a great football tradition, but I want to see how things go with the others on my list."
Culberson-Fehling is also looking at Boston College, Duke, Illinois, Michigan State, Northwestern, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan. But with practices a few days off, he's starting more and more to focus on his senior season.
"I've gotten a lot faster, and I'm quicker overall," he said. "I've been working with a personal trainer and I went to speed camp. Those things helped me out a lot. I'm now around a 4.7-4.8 handheld. I've also gained a lot of weight, plus all of my lifts have gone up."