For most of Michigan’s commitments the on-field turmoil currently being experienced in Ann Arbor has been a major distraction. But not Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne standout Tyree Kinnel. It’s not that the four-star defensive back isn’t concerned about the future. It’s because he is more concerned about the present.
“It’s about my high school team, the love I’ve got for them, and the journey that we’ve been on,” Kinnel explained. “I’m so excited with how we’ve been playing. Just trying to focus on the state championship really and kind of blocking that out. Because I know at the end of the day I want to do what’s best for me and I’m going to be where I want to be. So I’m not too worried about if it Hoke is fired, what I’ll have to do. I know I’ve got other scholarships to schools that said they would take me. At the end the day I know I’ll be fine, so I’m just focused on the state championship right now with my team.”
That isn’t meant to suggest that the longtime Wolverine pledge is definitely headed elsewhere if the current coaching staff is removed.
“They would still be a school I consider,” he said.
“I don’t plan on visiting anywhere right now. I’ve got one more week guaranteed in my high school career, so once high school ball I over with I’ll start talking recruiting. But as of right now I don’t have any visits planned and I’m still committed to Michigan.”
The same can’t be said for few prior classmates, most notably Detroit Cass Tech star Mike Weber. While Kinnel is clearly focusing intently on finishing his high school career with a championship, he isn’t totally oblivious to happenings on the recruiting front.
“I see (what’s happening), but I don’t say much,” he said. “I tell my family about it, but I don’t respond to any of it. You always want to go to a college with a strong class. It affects me to a certain extent because you want to be with a good class, but then again with the struggles that Michigan has right now the players have to do what’s best for them. I understand what they’re doing.”
Especially since he plans on doing the same.