Scout Spotlight: U-M Commit Tyree Kinnel

Huber Heights (Ohio) senior safety Tyree Kinnel stays blue after meeting Jim Harbaugh on visit. He talks about meeting his future coaches for the first time. Plus, watch his Scout Spotlight video inside.

Earlier this month Tyree Kinnel took his official visit to Michigan. It was also the first time he was able to meet U-M coach Jim Harbaugh.

“We had our one-on-ones with all the coaches,” Kinnel told after his visit. “I had my one-on-one with coach Harbaugh and I’m [was] really excited. He told me the expectations at Michigan went down and that it’s going to be going back up fast. He said he’s identified where Michigan went down at and knows how to improve it. He stressed he’s going to get after it and that we’re all going to do this together.

“He said he’s got the right coaches to turn it around and that he’s going to hold everybody accountable and is coming in really determined as he’s not going to be playing around.”

Rated a four-star safety, Kinnel stared at Huber Heights (Ohio), and continued to rave about his opportunity to play with the coaching staff Harbaugh has put together at Michigan.

“Coach (Greg) Jackson is a straight forward guy and really cool,” Kinnel said. “He said he’s very excited for the opportunity to coach at Michigan and said he loved my film and that I’m his type of defensive back.”

Kinnel alos discussed meeting defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin and former coordinator, Greg Mattison.

Kinnel said, “Coach (D.J.) Durkin is also a cool guy and I’m also happy coach (Greg) Mattison decided to stay because I have a great relationship with him. While I know coach Mattison is not going to be coaching me, he’s still going to be on the defensive side of the ball.”

With his commitment to Michigan now solid, Kinnel says his next focus is to get on campus and compete for playing time next season.

“I feel everything is now headed in the right direction,” he said. “I’m very excited and can’t wait until signing day so I can say everything is officially over. Then I can concentrate on this last semester of school and get ready to go up to Michigan and compete like crazy.”

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