One of the fastest-rising prospects in this year's class, Saint Augustine (Fla.) Nease offensive tackle Clyde Yandell recently returned from an unofficial visit to the Big Ten power he grew up pulling for.
The 6-foot-5, 304-pounder made an unofficial visit to the University of Michigan while he was on a family trip to that state last week.
"It was on our off week," Yandell said. "We started school this past Friday, so the last week in July was our off week. My family and I were up there visiting relatives. We did go by the University of Michigan while we were up there."
This wasn't Yandell's first trip to the Ann Arbor campus, but it was the first time he got to get an in-depth look at it and the Michigan program.
"I had gone in the summer for camp for one day," he said. "But I hadn't had the chance to see the campus and talk to the coaches and see everything. I got a better tour of the campus this time."
The Wolverines have not yet offered Yandell a scholarship.
"They want to see some senior film," he said.
Despite not holding an offer from the Wolverines at this point, Michigan is high on Yandell's list. He is originally from the state of Michigan and multiple aspects of the Wolverines program appeal to him.
"I followed U of M," Yandell said. "I'm definitely interested in them. That's definitely what I'm looking at in a school, too. That's one of the best programs in the country. You're not sacrificing anything academically because it's one of the best public schools, if not the best, in the country."
Yandell, who wants to major in business, likes the reputation of the department in Ann Arbor.
"I didn't get the chance to actually go to the business school and check it out when I was up there, but I know that the business program is very good," he said. "They are very high up there. They are top 10 or top 5."
There are other programs that Yandell is interested in.
"I've got a bunch of offers, concentrating on those the most," he said. "I am trying to check those out and learn what I can about those programs."
There are connections to the in-state Florida Gators with former Nease quarterback Tim Tebow a freshman at UF this fall.
"I'd say that I am highly interested them as well," Yandell said. "They are going to be a great team very soon. Timmy was a teammate of mine last year as well. I know how he is and what kind of leader he is on the field. He is going to make them great."
There is a connection to Georgia Tech, too. The Yellow Jackets received a commitment from one of Yandell's current Nease teammate's, cornerback Mario Butler, earlier in the recruiting process.
"Having a teammate there is nice," Yandell said. "Georgia Tech is having a great recruiting class so far."
Virginia Tech, Maryland and Louisville are three other programs that have offered Yandell who he mentioned as wanting to learn more about.
Yandell currently has a timeframe for a decision.
"I'm hoping to decide pretty soon," he said. "I haven't set a date or anything. I'm trying to decide in September so I can get it out of the way before so I can concentrate on the season.
"We're hoping to make another run at the state championship."
Yandell, a three-star rated prospect, is the No. 50 overall prospect in Rivals.com Florida Top 100.