One of the top prospects in attendance during Michigan's satellite camp stop in Dallas last week was Waxahachie (Tex.) standout Kenedy Snell. Out of the gate the diminutive wide receiver proved that he was one of the fastest players on the field and later showed he had the hands to compliment that speed.
“It was fun,” Snell said reflecting upon the camp experience. “I got out here and ran a little bit. I got an offer from Michigan (previously) so I came out here and met more coaches. (I’m) just trying to build a relationship."
That process is already well underway with his would-be position coaches in Ann Arbor. By the time they got together in “Big D” it was like already knew each other.
"I talk to Coach (Jedd) Fisch probably about two, three times a week,” said. “Coach Drew (Terrell)… he’s a receiver assistant (at Michigan). I talk to him almost every day."
That frequent contact has helped the Maize & Blue move up Snell’s list, but there is another factor that bears even more responsibility.
"Coach Harbaugh,” Snell said with a smile. “I think I can relate to him. He's a clown on and off the field, he's always has people laughing, (he’s) a good coach, (and has) NFL experience. I just like everything about him."
"I've got a top three of Michigan, TCU and Wisconsin. No order but (the Wolverines) are pretty high on the list."
The two Big Ten schools in that trio are believed by some recruiting observers to have some distinct disadvantages compared to TCU. Neither is a spread team neither is in the south.
According to Snell neither is a problem.
"(Whether an offense is pro-style or spread) really doesn't matter, he said. “As long as I can get in the offense and help the team make plays, then that's fine with me."
“No, (distance isn’t a factor). I'm going to do what I have to do. (I can) go up to Michigan and play. I can play in Texas. Wherever I go, I'm going to do it."
"It doesn't matter about the weather conditions, I'm still going to get out and play my game."
For Michigan that would entail playing in the slot and returning kicks. The next step in assessing how he’d fit into those roles is getting up to Ann Arbor for a visit.
"I was supposed to go (the weekend of the 18th), but I've got a 7-on-7 tournament so I wouldn't be able to go,” Snell said. “I'm still working on that."
Whether that trip gets planned in the next few weeks will likely determine how much of a factor the Wolverines will be moving forward. If that doesn’t happen his decision timeline suggests Michigan might not be as big a player for him at the end.
Said Snell, "I plan to be committed somewhere before the season starts."
That means that Ann Arbor isn’t the only place he’ll need to get out to see this summer. He is also planning trips to Wisconsin, TCU, and Illinois. While on those respective campuses he plans to evaluate how well each suitor meats his most important criteria.
"Just somewhere that I can fit in,” Snell said regarding what he is looking for in a school. “Somewhere that I can get in, get some minutes, and have good relationships with the coaches."