Fowlerville High School senior Adam Coon had his cake and ate it, too, Wednesday afternoon.
If only that’s how the college recruiting process could have been like for the three-sport standout.
After having to decide between wrestling, football and track and field — and the some 50 schools courting him — Coon signed a national letter of intent on Wednesday, the first day of the fall signing period and his 18th birthday, to wrestle for the University of Michigan.
Coon, an aspiring astronaut, carries a 4.0 grade-point average amid a rigorous schedule of college-level, advanced-placement classes.
“They’re ranked No. 3 with the aerospace engineering program, which is the field I want to study,” Coon said. “Not to mention it’s close to home.”
According to InterMat Wrestling, Coon is the No. 2 overall recruit in the class of 2013. At 6-feet, 5-inches, he is the top-rated heavyweight in the nation and the first Gladiator wrestler to go on to an NCAA Division I program since Chris Williams picked Michigan State in 1997.
Coon enters his senior wrestling season at Fowlerville with a career record of 157-3 and three individual Division 2 state championships. He is undefeated (106-0) his last two seasons, and his goals include eclipsing 200 career victories and becoming just the 17th wrestler in state history to win four individual titles.
Coon’s mat dominance includes a gold medal at the FILA Cadet World Championships in Turkey in 2011 and the Junior National Triple Crown of freestyle, folkstyle and Greco-Roman national titles last summer.
Coon, an all-stater in the shotput in track and field, has been recruited as a football all-stater by Michigan State, Northwestern and Wisconsin.
“It took a long time for me definitely to figure out that wrestling was the sport I wanted to do,” he said. “I feel like wrestling is the one I would miss the most.”
Ann Arbor is also the home of the Michigan Regional Training Center for USA Wrestling, something which down the road could help Coon reach his goal of becoming an Olympic wrestler.