Kinnel Staying Strong with Wolverines

Tuesday found long time Michigan pledge Tyree Kinnel picking up an offer from Alabama. caught up with Kinnel for more on the offer and his thoughts.

When Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne defensive back Tyree Kinnel gave Michigan his pledge he fulfilled a childhood dream of becoming a Wolverine. Tuesday night, Kinnel found Alabama extending an offer hoping to turn his head towards visiting the Crimson Tide.

"I'm talking with Coach (Bobby) Williams their tight end coach," said Kinnel. "He came to school last week and talked with me and said he liked my size and my film. He said he would be staying in touch with me and today he told Coach (Jay) Minton to have me call him.

"When I called, he said Coach (Nick) Saban had seen my film and he wanted to offer me. He said they are short on safeties and that they could use me early and then he offered me."

What does this offer mean to Kinnel and to the Wolverines?

"An Alabama offer means a lot," he said. "I think it would mean a lot to any kid in the country that plays football. That is a big offer, but as of right now, I'm still 100-percent Michigan."

One thing Alabama could look to do is have long time family friend and current Tide linebacker Trey DePriest talk with Kinnel.

"I'm friends with Trey and we're going to talk later tonight," he continued. "It's a great offer to have and my parents congratulated me as they know it's a great offer too. However, my family and I love where we're at with Michigan."

Has Kinnel spoke with Michigan about the Alabama offer?

"Coach (Chris) Singletary and I have traded some messages," he said. "But we haven't really talked about it."

Alabama is not the only team keeping tabs on the Ohio standout.

"Michigan State offered me not too long ago," he explained. "Ohio State has still been on me a little bit, but I don't really know what they are doing honestly."

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