Washington D.C Gonzaga HS defensive end Joseph Wete is one of the top pass rushers in the nation.
The No. 155 overall player in the nation, holds offers from Florida, Georgia, Penn State, USC, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and more.
Michigan Pass Game Coordinator Pep Hamilton offered the 2019 prospect before his junior season.
His relationship with Hamilton is something that is keeping Michigan high on his list early.
?They?re definitely up there,? Wete told The Wolverine Lounge. ?I like them a lot. Especially coach Hamilton, he?s very genuine. You know, a lot of coaches, they tell you what you want to hear all the time?.
?(Hamilton) came to one of my games last season; Not only was he just talking about how well I did, but he was very critical, and he was always 100-percent ?honest. I definitely respect that, you know, he cares; He cares more about me than just trying to get me to go to his school.?
Not sure whether he?d play with his hand in the ground at Michigan, or standing up, Wete says he doesn?t have a preference. He said if he needs to gain more weight to fulfill a role on the edge, then he?s comfortable with that.
?I?ll definitely put on the weight, if that?s needed,? he said. ?When I came into high school I was 175 pounds, maybe. At the beginning of my sophomore year, I put on about 20. But between then and my junior year I got to 230 pounds?.
Wete will be accompanied by his brother when he visits Michigan next weekend, and while he hasn?t visited before, he?s watched a few games.
?My initial impressions were ?the way that they play on the defensive line, it directly shows the level of coaching they have, and the culture that?s there. They play hard, they play aggressive, they play fast.?
Wete says he?ll be looking for the whole package, and admits he?ll be picky to ensure he gets the most out of his visit.
?It?s the feel, I mean when you get there you?ll know when you like something,? Wete said. ?Hopefully it?s really the whole package moving forward, and I can definitely see the campus environment?.
Penn State, also high on Wete?s list, is a school he?s visited three times in the past, including when he happened to be in the area due to one of his high school games, prompting him to stay and see Penn State?s blowout win over Michigan last season.
?I really like Penn State,? he said. ?I really like Michigan, I really like a few other schools.
?The first time I went there (Penn State) was last offseason with my coach, and two of my teammates, and we all had a great time there. It?s a great environment?.
Wete says he doesn?t really have an official list of top schools, or a leader at this time.
?It?s early in my process, and all the schools are reaching out. I feel like if I were to name a few, then it would discredit (other schools)?.
Wete has a few more visits planned this offseason, and they?ll stem from coast to coast.
?The following weekend after Michigan, I?ll be at USC,? he said.
Wete noted that his brother lives near USC and he?s visited him quite a few times, so he?s familiar with the area.
From Maryland, but playing his high school ball in Washington D.C., Wete says distance from home won?t really be a factor for him when it comes time to pick a school.
?I think it?s more of a luxury, to stay close to home than it is a necessity for me,? he said. ?It?s really going to come down to academics, athletics, and environment.?
He?d like to come to a decision before his senior season.
Wete will sign early in an effort to show he?s really committed.