Decision expected Thursday for Stribling


Among the top performers at the Michigan summer camp this week, Matthews (N.C.) Butler defensive back Channing Stribling has competed very well with all wide receivers on hand and learned today that the Wolverines were offering a scholarship.

“It was amazing,” he stated. “It’s still sinking in … When I first got here, I thought I did good the first day of camp. Then the next day after I did real good, Coach [Brady] Hoke came in and offered me. It felt good.”

Michigan joined N.C. State and Ball State among Stribling’s BCS scholarship offers, but the young defensive back does not expect he will look for any further attention in the recruiting process. Discussing when he will reach a decision, he noted that he will likely be a Wolverine by day’s end tomorrow.

“It could be tomorrow,” he said. “I talked to my parents today and they said to think it over and maybe give it a couple weeks, but it will probably be tomorrow ... Michigan is definitely the team to beat.”

Talking about what he has enjoyed from his experience at Michigan, Stribling noted that he has learned a lot from the interactions with the people in Ann Arbor. In addition, the inspirational speech this afternoon from former Wolverine safety Marcus Ray touched a chord with the young defensive back.

“I didn’t just talk to the coaches today,” he explained. “I talked to the people and that told me a lot. One of the older players came in and talked about how a Michigan Man is and all of that. I feel like it’s a family here.”

Standing in at 6-2, 170 pounds, Stribling has long arms and excellent speed. He has the height to play at safety once he gains weight, but he noted that he was recruited primarily for the cornerback position.

While Michigan has had a major presence in recruiting Matthews Butler over the years, with players from the school routinely camping in Ann Arbor, should Stribling go through with his commitment as planned, he will be just the second Bulldog to don the Maize and Blue, joining former safety Jamar Adams, who played from 2004-07.



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