COLUMBUS -- Standing at 5-foot-11, 170-pounds, 2015 Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne defensive back Tyree Kinnel looked far bigger and more physically imposing than most in his position group at the Nike Football Training Camp Sunday in Columbus.
“Camp went good,” Kinnel told GoBlueWolverine. “A lot of competition out here with top notch athletes. It was really good to get some work in with them.
“I learned a lot defensive back wise. How to break on the ball quicker, stance, they fixed my stance a little bit -- just learned a lot today in this camp.”
Michigan has been recruiting Kinnel for quite some time now, building a strong bond with a couple of Wolverine assistants.
“Coach Smith and coach Mallory,” said Kinnel. “They’re just cool guys, really down to earth. I’ve spoken to them a few times and I would like to be coached by them.
“I’ve just always liked them,” added Kinnel on Michigan. “They have the most wins in college football. There isn’t much to not like about them.”
Although a scholarship has yet to be extended by Michigan, Kinnel plans to take matters into his own hands when he travels up to Ann Arbor on June 17 to compete in the Wolverines football camp. If all goes well, good news could be headed his direction.
“Basically just see what I can do at the camp,” said Kinnel. “If I do what I do at the camp they said it (an offer) would be on the table for me. I just got to go get it.”
Insisting that distance from home won’t be a deciding factor, Kinnel has no timetable for when he may narrow things down. Instead, the Ohio native is looking for a home away from home.
“Wherever I feel comfortable with the whole college, coaching staff, the players,” Kinnel said. “Just basically where I can say I’m going home.”