A top high school football prospect picks up a pair of goggles, slips them on and is suddenly transported to Ann Arbor, Mich. On game day. With more than 100,000 screaming fans in Michigan Stadium.
Welcome to the future of recruiting. Sound exciting? Michigan officials certainly think so, which is why they’re rolling out a virtual reality recruiting program that will allow prospects to get a sense of what it feels like to compete in Ann Arbor, regardless of where they’re sitting.
We haven’t seen the full video presentation yet (and may never for all we know), but Michigan released a teaser of the technology on the Michigan Athletics official Twitter account on Tuesday. The brief clip started with some birds-eye views of Michigan Stadium, followed by juxtaposed images of athletes and coaches (yes, including Jim Harbaugh) trying on the glasses and the images they see inside them.
Frankly, it looks pretty cool. And it certainly doesn’t seem like it can hurt Michigan’s chances with top recruits.
Only time will tell if virtual reality becomes a staple of college recruiting strategy. If it does, this effort by Michigan may very well be seen as a bold foray forward into a brave unknown, funny-looking goggles and all.