Laterryal Savoy is a big, physical receiver with deceptive speed. Recognized as a sleeper because he plays in a smaller division, the young man has a playing style similar to that of a Larry Fitzgerald or a Michael Clayton. While some consider him raw in his development, he boasts excellent body control and great hands, along with impressive leaping ability. We spoke with Mamou head Coach Joel Desselle earlier, and he gave us details on his prized pupil becoming a Wolverine!
What was your reaction when LaTerryal committed to Michigan? Were you surprised?
“I wasn’t surprised. He was going to commit to them a couple of weeks ago. Then LSU found out and invited him to the spring game and talked to him a little bit. But LSU never really offered him. They came in last week, but he felt like LSU was leaving him dangling. They were supposed to come by today and didn’t come.”
What schools had offered him up to this point?
Do you foresee him playing receiver at Michigan, or could he be a DB?
“I think he could play either side of the ball.”
Some have questioned his speed. Do you think that will be an issue for him at the next level?
“At the Nike Camp he outran some kids that were saying they had 4.5 forty times before they came in. LaTerryal outran all of them. His time at the camp was 4.59. We timed him at 4.58, so our time was a lot more accurate than some of these kids that were saying they could run 4.4s and 4.5s. “
“LaTerryal has great game speed. I really think that once he gets in college and works with a strength coach that his forty time will be sub 4.5. I really believe that.”
How firm do you think his commitment is? What if LSU comes in with an offer now?
“I think if LSU really wanted him, they would have offered him by now. That’s kind of how the kid feels. So I think his commitment is really solid. Especially since they said they were going to come by today and never showed up.”
Do you think he’ll visit any schools besides Michigan?
“I don’t know. But I do know that he’s really anxious to visit Michigan. And he really likes Coach Jackson. He had talked to Coach Jackson on the phone but had never met him. When he met him today, he really liked him. And Michigan was just so passionate in recruiting him!”
“When Coach Jackson met him in person, he was just so impressed by the physical build of the kid. He said that LaTerryal looked even bigger than I said he was. At the Nike camp the measured him at 6-2 ¼ in socks, but Coach Jackson said he definitely looks 6-3 in person.”
Has he spoken with Coach Carr since he indicated that he wanted to be a Wolverine?
“That’s planned. Coach Jackson was trying to get in touch with him. He was just so damn excited that LaTerryal committed! (Laughing)”
What is LaTerryal like off of the field?
“I don’t think you can find a kid with better character, especially in today’s society. He is an outstanding. He always dresses properly and is a yes sir, no sir type of kid. He’s very dependable. You don’t have to worry about him getting into trouble or anything.”
As always, GBW will continue to follow LaTerryal throughout the year.