Talking With Shaun Crawford And Tyree Kinnel

Submitted by Brandon Brown on August 22nd, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Brady Hoke and company are recruiting at a crazy level right now and while the 2015 class already has five members, its very possible that it could contain seven by the end of the weekend. 2015 Ohio DBs Shaun Crawford and Tyree Kinnel may both decide they’d like to be Wolverines within the next 48 hours. Crawford is set to decide tomorrow while Kinnel is visiting Michigan on Saturday and a commitment may occur while he’s in Ann Arbor. I was able to talk with both young men to get a vibe on how they are feeling as their big weekend approaches.

Shaun Crawford 2

Most people feel pretty confident that Crawford is a Michigan lock at this point and he didn’t tell me anything to make me think otherwise. He told me that he was very excited to make his decision tomorrow and did not deny that Michigan was still his leader, he just sort of said he wasn’t ready to make anything public until Friday.

One bit of information that I found promising for Michigan was that Kinnel has actually been texting him to talk about Michigan. Kinnel filled Crawford in on how he was feeling about Michigan and told him his plans for his visit. Crawford said this about Kinnel: “He’s really excited! Says he’s always been a fan growing up. I’m not really sure about a commitment though, he didn’t tell me that.”

I finished up our conversation with a statement that it sounded like good things were coming for Michigan and he agreed.

Tyree Kinnel

When Michigan offered Tyree Kinnel I reached out to him to see where the Wolverines ranked and that same day he told me they were definitely his leader with Arkansas in a close second. A couple of days ago I talked with Tyree again to see if Michigan was still his leader and he, like Crawford, didn’t deny it, but instead answered with the fact that he will be visiting Michigan on Saturday.

I asked him if a commitment was possible on Saturday during his visit. He said he didn’t know if he’d commit or not, but it seemed like the thought had crossed his mind. I followed my question with a text: “I’m getting a vibe from you that you’ll be a Wolverine on Saturday." He replied with “Haha lol”.

Two ways to express laughter via text message may be redundant, but the point was made.



August 22nd, 2013 at 10:41 PM ^

Crawford is one of my favorite players in his class. I really like the way he plays, he reminds me of the Honey Badger minus the weed. I know he's a little guy, but I think he'll be really good.


August 23rd, 2013 at 2:38 AM ^

Let's say they both commit, does that mean DB recruiting would be over? I was hoping we could get Minkah Fitzpatrick, especially since he's from my alma mater.


August 23rd, 2013 at 2:52 AM ^

Even though 2015 will be a small class I think they will go for one more DB.  With these two very good commitments in the house they can be very choosy with the thrid one.  


August 23rd, 2013 at 7:32 AM ^

"haha lol"  Is he laughing out loud at his own haha or is he laughing so hard it started as a haha and turned to out loud laughing.  What does this mean!?!?!?!?!


August 23rd, 2013 at 8:49 AM ^

You are right, they are not truly redundant. "Haha" as an expression of laughter or surprise that goes back to at least the 14th century. "Lol" is a 20th century term (1980s Usenet), a product of the Internet.

Lol is often misused, but I don't think that's what's happening here. I think it is a sign of a creative mind -- probably meaning, "Haha, I'm laughing out loud."

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August 23rd, 2013 at 8:52 AM ^

and seeing general excitement, but haven't seen much in the way of how good they are compared to other potential recruits at their position.  Obviously they've got talent or they wouldn't have the offer, but relative to what's out there how big of a get would they be?


August 23rd, 2013 at 9:32 AM ^

The Bryan Mac Wedding Unjinx that already brought us the George Campbell commitment is in effect today. I'll actually be IN the ceremony when Crawford makes his pick.