TVH Weekly: Avery Walls, Wayne Lyons, Kevin McReynolds, and More Defense

TVH Weekly: Avery Walls, Wayne Lyons, Kevin McReynolds, and More Defense

Submitted by TomVH on October 25th, 2010 at 4:19 PM

This weekly update is for everyone wondering about defensive recruiting after last week's update was all offense. As we get closer to the end of the season we will start to hear more about potential decisions and timeframes for those decisions as well. Right now it's visits and interest for the most part.

Avery Walls

5'11", 185 lbs.


McDonough, Georgia

Walls' grandma recently fell ill, so he is putting his future visits on hold. He told me earlier that he still plans on visiting MSU, South Carolina, Virginia, and UConn. His decision is a ways off:

I'm not going to make my decision until I've taken all my visits. I don't have a leader yet, I'm not ready to announce that because your mind changes with leaders all the time.

While he has postponed his visits, that didn't mean that Michigan couldn't come out and see him this past weekend.

Michigan sent a coach out to see me on Friday. Greg Robinson, the defensive coordinator, actually spent a good amount of time at my school talking with my coaches.

It was interesting to hear that Greg Robinson was the one that went out to see him since he doesn't make very many trips.

Kevin McReynolds

6'2", 281 lbs.

Defensive Tackle

Washington, DC

Kevin is a four star defensive tackle that has been hearing more from Michigan and a few other schools lately.

It's been on and off with Michigan, but I'm not upset about it or anything. I understand things change with schools, so it's not too late for them. I really like Michigan and Coach Dews, so we'll see. Florida has also been in contact with me lately, and I want to check them out too.

Tony Dews was out to see Kevin this weekend even though Kevin wasn't playing (injury). Dews also got a chance to see 2011 DB Blake Countess and 2012 WR Stefon Diggs since their team was playing Kevin's. Tony is always mentioned highly among recruits and it seems he's made a good impression with Kevin as well.

Coach Dews is supposed to call me this week, so we'll get to talk more. He's from this area so he understands how certain things are here. He's a good coach, and that program has been through a lot lately. He's a real personable guy. Michigan definitely has a shot because of him, and because they have great academics. I'm still trying to work out my schedule for official visits, so I'm not sure if I'll make it up there. My top list right now is probably UCLA, Oregon, Michigan, Arkansas, and Florida.

That list can definitely change, but Michigan is picking up some ground with Kevin. He's a recruit at a position of need, and has a lot of qualities the coaches really like. He would be a great pickup. Getting that visit set is key.

Wayne Lyons

6'0", 190 lbs.


Fort Lauderdale, Florida

As I said in a recent Weekly Update, Wayne Lyons has Michigan moving up his list. He wasn't sure then if he would make it up to Michigan for a visit, and while he's still not 100%, it's moving in a positive direction for the Wolverines:

I think I will end up taking a visit up there. I'm not sure yet, but I think I am going to visit.

While that's not written in stone, it's a step in the right direction. Without getting him on campus, Michigan probably has little shot to land him. His top school are Stanford, UCLA, Florida, Tennessee, Nebraska, and Michigan. Lyons is another Tony Dews recruit.


  • OL Chris Bryant has scheduled his official visit to Michigan for the weekend of The Big Chill hockey game (December 11th). "I want to experience being around the players and interacting with them." He's not sure if his decision will come shortly after the visit, but there is a good possibility that it will. Michigan is still in great position.
  • LB Antonio Kinard should find out this week if he will be included in the 2011 class. Originally committed to the 2010 class, Kinard ended up at Hargrave Military Academy. He's waiting to find out if his SAT score is high enough, and if it is he will be enrolling in January.
  • WR DeAnthony Arnett received a visit this weekend from Fred Jackson. DeAnthony remains that Michigan is out of his top group, but I have a weird feeling that something's going on. I'm not saying to hold your breath, but Michigan is trying to let him know how much he's wanted.
  • S Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix still maintains that he will visit Michigan for the Illinois game and that the Wolverines still have a shot at landing him.

TomVH: Antonio Kinard Update

TomVH: Antonio Kinard Update

Submitted by TomVH on October 22nd, 2010 at 4:47 PM

LB Antonio Kinard was originally a commitment for the 2010 class, but ended up going to Hargrave Academy in Virginia. There were questions about whether or not he would be a part of the 2011 class, and I spoke with him about that today. 

I have talked to the coaches (at Michigan), and I will be enrolling in January as long as my SAT score is high enough. I should be getting my score back soon, like tomorrow. I need to get somewhere around 1000. I think I got that because I'm here at this military academy, and all I'm allowed to think about is my grades, football, and getting out of here. 

So as long as his SAT score is high enough, he was told by admissions that he will be in to enroll January. 

Recruiting Question and Antonio Kinard

Recruiting Question and Antonio Kinard

Submitted by Frank Drebin on October 5th, 2010 at 4:01 PM

While looking at both Scout and Rivals, I noticed that Scout has us listed at 11 commits for 2011. The one that stood out to me was Antonio Kinard. Now, I realize that he is at Hargrave Military Academy playing post graduate football, but I wasn't aware that the scholarship was being held for him while he does this. In a past UV, Brian stated that UM has taken Military Academy kids (including Chris Perry), but I wasn't quite sure how their commitments went as far as failing to qualify, but keeping a scholarship for when they do qualify. I am also confused on why Rivals would not be saying he is a commit if he was a sure thing to come to UM. Can anyone offer any insight on this type of thing?

Antonio Kinard

Antonio Kinard

Submitted by jokenjin on September 8th, 2010 at 11:54 PM

Rivals just released their preseason Prep School Top 50 rankings and Antonio Kinard comes in at Number 34. However, it does not say that he's committed to Michigan - it simply says "list." Does anyone have any updates as to what his status is?

RichRod Addresses Several Topical Issues

RichRod Addresses Several Topical Issues

Submitted by MGoShoe on June 18th, 2010 at 11:46 PM

RichRod and the rest of the football coaching staff attended the Sound Body Sound Mind camp in Detroit on Thursday and he made several statements to the media. 

Topics covered included Demar Dorsey, the 2010 recruiting class, interest or non-interest in USC players, Michigan's upcoming camps, conference expansion, Nebraska, and divisional alignment.

RichRod on Demar Dorsey and recruiting marginal qualifiers:

  • Recruiting marginal qualifiers:  “I think all coaches and not just us have to look at everything involved as far as recruiting, not only who can get in, but who can graduate and get out.  We have that in mind anyway. But you particularly have to (be) mindful of that in the future. I think all schools are doing that.  It’s hard to project some guys (more than) others.  There’s some guys that may have struggled to get in and they’re doing very well. Some guys that got in very easily are struggling. I don’t think there’s an exact science to it, but at the same time we’re moving forward with what we got and not looking back."
  • Michigan's non-admission of Dorsey:  “I don’t know if it’s important to get into all that right now.  I think what’s important is make sure that the guys that are here for summer school are doing the right things. I think there’s, if you look at it, there’s probably a lot of people that sign throughout the country and there’s not as much attention if they matriculate there or not. But this one’s got a lot more attention and I understand that.”
  • How he feels about the Dorsey decision:  “I worry about the guys that play for Michigan."

The article indicates that Antonio Kinard's status continues to be up in the air and that RichRod and his staff have not reached out to any USC seniors or juniors.

  • Interest in USC players and when his new class will fully report:  “You got to have scholarships first to give out, and there’s got to be mutual interest and all that.  So we’ve been concentrating on our guys. And guys that have been on campus and taking summer classes and the freshmen that we expect to come on the 26th, that’s had most of our attention.”

Regarding Michigan football camps, RichRod talked about the value of shorter, focused camps to attact prospects who are pressed for time to make it to multiple campuses. 

  • So far this year, Michigan has held a one day camp for top prospects and a kicking camp and is set to host its four-day summer camp June 19 - 22, a 7-on-7 camp June 24 - 25, and a youth football camp for middle schoolers June 26 - 28.
  • Michigan is expecting 700 athletes and 100 college coaches for this weekend's camp and 400 campers for the youth camp.
  • The importance of establishing relationships with recruits: "That’s a big reason why we’re here.  Not only from the evaluation standpoint of seeing the guys do football drills in camp, but also for them to evaluate us. Again, they get to know us as people and teachers. I think that’s absolutely critical when you can establish relationships.  Everybody talks in recruiting about relationships and it is true. You establish relationships and the easiest way to do that is to be around them. 
  • Outreach to younger players: We’re even reaching into the junior-high level and at least get them indoctrinated to Michigan, get a chance to see everything we’re about.  We started that last year and it was a big hit, and there’s going to be even more this year for that.”

RichRod also talked about several issues surrounding expansion.

  • Expansion and Nebraska: “I did think [the league would grow to 14 or 16 teams], but now maybe not.  But I also thought at the time, if the Big 12 imploded I think there would have been more of a domino effect. I think this probably just slowed everybody down.  [Nebraska is a] great program, a great tradition, and it’ll be exciting.
  • Conference championship game: “I know the players have [wanted one].  For the coaches, I think it’s pretty exciting if you’re going to have something at the end there to play for.  But I guess it’s going to happen sooner than anticipated, too. I think that probably is the most surprising part, that it’s going to happen so quick.”
  • The makeup of Big Ten divisions:  “But I think there’s a lot to think about geographically and there’s a lot to think about competitively.”
  • Does he have a preference for Michigan and Ohio State in the same division?:  “Either way, the way it works we’re going to play them every year, we’re going to play Michigan State every year.  I’m sure every school will have maybe two rivalries that they say we have to have those no matter how it works out. We have our two there.”

Antonio Kinard article

Antonio Kinard article

Submitted by amphibious1 on January 13th, 2010 at 8:47 AM

There is an article about Antonio Kinard kind of wanting to red-shirt and bulk up. But, what I liked most about the article was some insight he gave about Sparty trying to recruit him...

“Michigan State was on it to the fullest,” Kinard said. “They would not give up. They would call me on my cell phone and be like, ‘Hey, are you going to come down here to visit? It’s only like a half-hour more away, 50-something miles away from Michigan.’ And it was just like, ‘Give it up. I’m not going to y’all’s school.’

“They would keep nagging. They would send letters to the school, to my house. It would get nuts to the point where I was like, ‘Please, just give up. I’m a Wolverine.’”