Jenkins-Stone Talks Michigan Opener

One of the first big names to drop for the 2012 Wolverine recruiting class caught up with GoBlueWolverine to talk the opener against Western Michigan, his committed teammate's decision and his senior season.

Royce Jenkins-Stone is a name long known to Michigan fans along with his friends and fellow Wolverine commitments Terry Richardson and James Ross. The three took in the Maize and Blue's weather shortened opener against Western Michigan on September 3rd.

"The Michigan game, I went down with Terry (Richardson) and James (Ross)," Jenkins-Stone told GoBlueWolverine. "It was a good day until it started pouring down and everyone got out of there when it started thunder storming and stuff. It was a great game but I felt they could have stopped the run earlier. I'm still happy to be committed so I can come in and showcase my skills and show them we can stop that run early. Hopefully they show a better game on defense against Notre Dame next weekend. Other than that it was ok. They didn't get too many big plays on them but they could have stopped the run against Western Michigan (laughter)."

Brimming with confidence, Jenkins-Stone remarked the first couple of offensive drives wouldn't have gone so well for the Broncos had he been able to suit up.

"Oh yeah, the run would have been stopped then and they wouldn't have had any big plays passing because you know the run sets up the pass (laughter). You're get better running and passing against other teams so they got to step up."

News hitting the Michigan recruiting scene over the weekend was Jenkins-Stone friend and fellow Cass Tech (MI) Technician, Terry Richardson, had cooled on taking other visits and remaining 100 percent in his commitment to the Wolverines.

"I was in his ear a lot every day," Jenkins-Stone explained. "Just trying to help open his mind up, I was like ‘Terry, if you go somewhere else for football it's football, ok? You go to league, what are you going to do after that? You go to Michigan and get a good a degree. Football is always there but you've got that degree to go do something else with your life.' Everyone was talking to him, but I guess he started listening. He's not taking any visits and I'm glad he isn't, I'm glad he's still with us."

Now that the two Technicians and fellow friend James Ross all remain completely in the fold, they discussed their futures together in Ann Arbor while sitting in the stands.

"We were just telling each other we've got to ball out next year when we come into Michigan because they're going to be expecting us to make a lot of big plays. We've got to come in as true freshmen. They need some big playmakers."

While they are all committed, another big name prospect, Danny O'Brien, remains uncommitted but visited Michigan unofficially as well.

"I'm always trying on them. He's still uncertain yet, he still doesn't know what he's going to do yet."

Until that decision comes, O'Brien can expect to continue hearing from Jenkins-Stone.

"Oh yeah, oh yeah (laughter)."

After suffering a lopsided defeat at the hands of Farmington Hills Harrison in the season opener, Jenkins-Stone and teammates bounced back for a 50 plus point win against Detroit Central. Up next for the Technicians is cross town rival, Detroit Southeastern.

"We bounced back from that big loss. We let it get to our heads. I'm not going to lie, we came in a bit big headed in that game and they figured out where we were messing up at and they executed real good. You could see by the score. We just came back next week and somebody had to pay for that, so we put it on Central and we put up better leadership in practice and we stepped up and did extra work and got that big win, that big, big win (laughter). Hopefully we can keep it going against Southeastern."

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