Townsend Looking to Visit Michigan

The Michigan football staff continues to travel the country for football players that fit their style. Cameron Townsend, class of 2015 LB out of Ridge Point high school in Texas, has been offered by the Wolverines. He talks to GBW about getting ready for next season, how Michigan offered ... and is there any pressure to stay close to home.

Spring ball is up and rolling down in Texas, and for 2015 LB Cameron Townsend it is a chance to see where his team stands for next season. As he looks at both sides of the ball Townsend is pleased with his team's progress.

"Our team is working hard," he told GoBlueWolverine. "The offense looks well, and our defense looks like we can be really good -- we are flying to the ball out there. We are making each other better, and we will be able to compete with anybody in the state."

As his team is getting better Townsend knows he needs to do work to be improve as well, and he talks about what he needs to do.

"My strengths are that I can fly to the ball; I really like to come off the edge because of my explosiveness; I have a good football IQ. But I do need to improve at open field tackling, and I will progress in that area."

Talking with Cameron he seems to be more about his team than about himself. With colleges coming in to see him he hopes they also see his teammates.

"I think it is cool that colleges are coming by my school to see me," he said, "but I like it also because my school is getting the exposure. I thought varsity was BIG -- playing on this level now I have a chance to step up and play college (laughing). This is crazy and it came so fast. If we win, everyone does well and we all will be seen."

Having a team-first attitude like that has helped land Townsend more than a few scholarship offers. Michigan recently became one of those schools that has offered him -- and he was a little surprised by the offer.

"Coach Fred Jackson (running backs coach) came to my school and offered me last Monday," he said. "My coach told me that he said they really liked my film and the way I play. I was surprised because I didn't know they recruited down here in Texas."

Although he was shocked by the offer from Michigan, he does have interest in them and he has watched the Wolverines this season.

"I know about Michigan -- I have watched them on T.V. and seen Denard Robinson and his speed. Michigan has a good team; they seem to have success every season. So what I would like to do is come up there on a visit. Michigan is my first out of state offer so I will talk with my parents about coming up to see them."

For instate recruits in Texas who have offers from the home schools, there is always pressure to stay close to home. Townsend said he feels none of that, and as a matter of fact his parents are helping to guide him during this process.

"It really doesn't bother me at all to stay close to home -- my parents have talk to me about making the right decision. They want me to make sure I go where I want to go, whatever works for me. As long as I am able to communicate with them daily I will be alright."

Next year a decision will be made as to what college Cameron Townsend will attend. He already has developed a list of what he wants in a college.

"I want a coach who has a relationship with their players on the field, but mainly off the field as well. Someone who can connect with the players. And I am looking for immediate playing time because I believe in myself to compete."  

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