Michigan's recruiting efforts in Alabama has picked up significant steam in recent weeks with multiple offers going out to a number of the state’s best prospects. One of the latest to be on the receiving end of that Maize & Blue attention is Oxford (Ala.) linebacker K.J. Britt.
"It came out of the blue a little bit,” Britt said laughingly. “One of the coaches followed me on Twitter and I talked to him that day, but he didn't say anything about an offer."
"I've definitely been interested in Michigan… probably because of their tradition… all the tradition they had in previous years when Michigan was a top notch program football wise."
That the Wolverines appear well on their way back to prominence hasn’t been lost on Britt. Neither has their prioritization of Alabama talent.
"Talking to them lately it sounds like they're in Bama (trying to get players),” said Britt. “There's like three players (on the roster) from Bama. I talk to those guys too and they say they all love it at Michigan. I'm going to get up there and take a visit. I'm pretty sure I'll have my mind set that they'll be one of the top programs I want to see."
Michigan is now a major contender in a race that also includes Auburn, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, and a host of others.
Said Britt regarding the programs currently sticking out, “right now I think it’s some ACC programs, Michigan, and a few other programs."
One school conspicuously absent is his childhood favorite Alabama, but that may not be the case much longer.
"No (offer yet), but I've got a meeting with them Friday," said Britt.
Even if the Crimson Tide don’t join the fray anytime soon other Power Five heavyweights are sure to. The three-star backer’s stock is definitely on the rise.
"In 10 games I had 126 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries for touchdown, once sack," Britt said recapping his junior campaign.
"I'm not a guy to brag. I think I'm pretty physical and I can run sideline to sideline. I think I'm pretty smart. I know my reads well and know all of that.”
“(People compare me to) Patrick Willis in his prime."
The 6-foot-1, 235-pounder feels there is still another level he can take his game to. The unwillingness to rest on his laurels will only serve to increase from current and prospective suitors. And he wants to make sure that none of them are discouraged by his boyhood affinity for Bama.
"I'm going to carry (the recruiting process) out for a while (even if Alabama offers),” Britt said. “I’ll have God direct me to where I want to go."
"(I’m looking for) somewhere I can call home,” he later added. “A home away from home basically. A good coach, somebody that can get me ready for the next level and not just football, but being a man too. I want to stay humble but I want to enjoy the recruiting process."