PITTSBURGH, Pa. – During Michigan’s bye last week, the Wolverines’ coaching staff had some extra time to spend recruiting across the country. On Thursday, junior lineman C.J. Thorpe, a 4-star prospect on 247Sports.com, landed an offer from Michigan, and the top-10 offensive guard shared his reaction to his most recent offer with Today’s U.
“I was excited because they’ve been looking at me and sending me mail and talking to me for a while,” Thorpe told Today’s U. “It’s nice to finally get the offer.”
Under the new leadership of head coach Jim Harbaugh, Michigan has shown a more successful operation of the rushing attack and has often experimented with using six, seven or even eight offensive lineman at once based on the situation. This has created intrigue in Michigan’s future prospects and Thorpe has noticed how the Wolverines have performed in 2015.
“I did see some of their games this season,” Thorpe said. “I like the way they are going with it. I like the way the offensive line plays. I like it a lot.”
With an offer from Michigan in hand, Thorpe expressed interest in visiting Ann Arbor sometime to learn more about the program, but 247Sports.com’s No. 6 offensive guard in the 2017 class is not sure when that time will be.
“I don’t think I’ll be able to make it down for a game this year,” Thorpe said. “But I’m definitely trying to visit at some point.”
Measuring at 6-foot-4 and 300-pounds, Thorpe has excellent size for a junior prospect, and that has sought the attention of several big programs from across the country. In addition to Michigan, Thorpe sports offers from Arizona State, Auburn, Duquesne, Maryland, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Temple, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
“I’ve been getting a lot of interest and a lot of letters and DMs,” Thorpe said of his recruitment. “It’s been going pretty good.”
Since Thorpe is still developing and figures to continue to grow over the next two years, his future position in college is not set in stone yet thanks to an impressive showing on both sides of the football this year.
“I have a lot of offensive offers,” Thorpe said. “But I played a lot of defense this year too. Some schools have said they want to see me on defense. I like defensive line a lot, but I like playing offense too.”
According to Thorpe, the 2015 campaign has been going “pretty good” in his estimation. Pittsburgh Central Catholic stands 7-1 after eight games and is projected to make a deep run in the playoffs this season.
“The season is going well,” Thorpe said. “I’m having some pretty good games, so good overall. If we win this week by more than 10, we will win our conference and we will be third in the whole Woodfield, so that’s pretty good.”
On a personal level, Thorpe says this season has been positive for a handful of reasons.
“I’ve had some pretty good games,” Thorpe said. “I missed one game because of sickness, but I’ve been having some pretty good games and made some pretty good tape since I’m aggressive, play to the whistle and I try to put people on their backs.”
Click here for a link to Thorpe’s junior highlight tape.