BRIGHTON, Mich. — In late May, it was the first ever Barwis Methods high school combine. Prospects from all over the state participated at the combine working on testing, position drills and one on ones.
The overall top performer of the day was Beverly Hills (Mich.) Detroit Country Day 2018 linebacker Kolin Demens, who many are familiar with his defensive prowess, but he showed off the versatility in his game by dominating at wide receiver.
“It was real fun and went real well, so I think I did a good job at wide receiver,” Kemens told the Michigan Insider. “I love playing defense, but I also love playing offense and like to score. I learned everything about technique like with the forty, the shuttle and throwing the ball. The coaches just helped us a lot and with everything.”
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound linebacker has seen his recruitment get started early by receiving early interest from several programs and picking up a few offers. One of those offers coming from the Wolverines, who he’s very fond of.
“I’m getting mail from a lot of schools like Florida State, Arkansas, Purdue, Kentucky, USC and Michigan State,” said Demens. I do hear from Michigan and I would say my interest in them is high right now.”
The reason for his high interest? Well, Demens’ older brother, Kenny Demens was a standout for Michigan from 2008-2011, so naturally he grew up watching the Wolverines. However, he’s also very high on the Wolverines prestigious tradition as well.
“I like the tradition, that is one of the biggest things,” said Demens. “Just being around Michigan football my whole life and something I could go see every weekend was awesome.”
While the connection to Ann Arbor is there for Demens, he does keep close notice of their program and likes the direction head coach Jim Harbaugh has them going in on and off the field.
“Coach Harbaugh is making things happen,” said Demens. “He is getting players coming in and they are about to be the first team to ever have a Jordan uniform, so that is huge. They are about to be having Jordan shoes and that will be big for players.”
Demens will be visiting Michigan in June and camping Michigan State, Notre Dame and possibly Kentucky this summer.
Josh Newkirk contributed to this story