Tennessee is not recruiting well just because they got 18 dudes
LB Kent Turene told me today that if Michigan offers, they will take over the number one spot. It seemed like he would eventually commit if we offered, but he didn't want to come out and say it.
He said he's not frustrated, and he understands that they need some time. We'll see what happens if/when they offer.
For those of you that didn't read it, I had an update on Trai Turner here.
I didn't mention this before, but he also has a teammate, Jonah Austin, who's 6-foot-5, and 315-pounds. Jonah also has interest in Michigan, and holds an offer as well.
If that wasn't enough, they have another teammate named Renaldo Thomas. Thomas is a 6-foot-4, 205-pound safety, and he also has an offer from Michigan.
I haven't spoken to Thomas, so I'm not sure if there's mutual interest, or not. I just wanted to make you aware.
Anyhow, here's Trai Turner's new highlight video:
Basically, UM offered. He has a lot of Southern offers. The Florida guys (state not U) like him. Good elusivity, good top end speed, above average acceleration. Glides at top end.
May be being looked at as a RB or a Slot.
TOM: What were you expecting to get out of this visit?
CHRIS: I was really just expecting a tour, to see the facilities, and everything. I wasn’t expecting a lot, but it was a lot more than that. I got to see the academic side more, which I hadn’t seen yet. The competitions with the players were fun, too.
TOM: How did the events go? Was it pretty relaxed?
CHRIS: Yeah, it was a lot of fun. The players obviously like competing with each other. We go to watch them compete in a bunch of different events, so it was pretty cool. I was impressed; they all seemed really strong and really fast. When they ran the 40 yard dash, it was pretty close.
TOM: Besides the events, did you get a chance to talk with the coaches?
CHRIS: I stayed overnight with my brother, so I got to see a little more. My parents left at night, but we all got a chance to ask the coaches some questions and talk with them. Before my parents left, coach Rodriguez talked to us for a while. He was just talking about how good of a school Michigan is, and where they’re at with the football program. My parents were previously Ohio State fans, but they were very impressed with everything. They came away the same way I did, and really liked everything they saw.
TOM: What else did Coach Rodriguez talk to you about?
CHRIS: We didn’t really talk about the depth chart, or anything like that. We both just wanted to get to know each other better, and build a relationship more. It was good to just talk with him. Coach Rodriguez just seems like a normal guy who happens to be good at coaching football. It’s weird, he’s the head coach, and I was just standing there talking to him. It was good.
TOM: After this visit where are you headed next, and what’s your timeline look like?
CHRIS: I’m going to Notre Dame’s junior day next weekend, and I might go to some other spring practices. I haven’t really planned a lot out yet. I don’t have a time line, it’s just going to be when I feel it’s right. I haven’t come up with a top list, because I haven’t seen enough schools, but my interest in Michigan is very high. I really like what they have to offer.
Current commit Delonte Hollowell is in Boston this weekend, at the Nike Indoor Nationals track meet (the reason that he won't be at Night of Champions).
His team, which consisted of Dior Mathis, Kishon Wilcher, and Terry Richardson (2012 DB from Cass Tech), took third place. If you'll notice, Trotwood won first, and I'm almost positive that Michael Jordan is AJ Jordan, the WR recruit.
Trai Turner is a 6-foot-5, 340-pound OT from Louisiana.
I spoke with him today, and he told me he currently has a Michigan offer. He also has offers from SMU, Kentucky, Houston, Southern Miss, and Tulsa. He has verbal offers from Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi State. Nebraska also told him that they will be offering today.
Trai is good friends with Carvin Johnson, and said that Carvin picking Michigan will definitely play into who he chooses. They played on opposing teams, and Trai laid a big hit on Carvin after he intercepted the ball. They talked about it together, and have been friends since.
Michigan is high on his list, because of his friendship, and also because of the relationship he's building with Rich Rodriguez. Being in Louisiana, it's going to be hard for him to make a visit, unless it's an official one. He is definitely going to try to get up to Ann Arbor, though.
He should have his highlight tape soon, it's being created right now. It sounds like we have a really good shot here.