Savoy Not Budging From Commitment

When wide receiver <b>Laterryal Savoy</b> from Mamou, La. High School announced for Michigan back in May, fans wondered if the pledge would stick. After all, the talented southern star had yet to set foot on the Ann Arbor campus. Also, it was feared LSU would easily pull him away with an offer. <br><br> Now, as the football season gets under way this Friday for Mamou and Savoy, he couldn't be more solid for the Wolverines.

Laterryal Savoy is a quiet and engaging young man during interviews, always answering questions with a "Yes sir" and "No sir". A religious person who gives thanks for each touchdown by pointing in the air after crossing into the endzone, he is certain of his college destination despite the wishes of the home crowd. "I'm still getting a lof of pressure from the local folks to go to LSU," he said. "But it isn't discouraging me at all, I'm going to Michigan and that's it. LSU hasn't even offered." Savoy reports that Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi-Monore, and South Carolina join Michigan as schools to extend offers.

When GoBlueWolverine Magazine last spoke with the 6 foot 2, 195-pound Savoy in June he mentioned his mom might be moving to Ann Arbor to join him. It appears those plans have changed. "There is still a possibility of her moving up there," he said. "She was worried about her son being up there all himself, but she now knows I'll be in good hands and isn't as concerned as she was then. I'll be up there but I'll be around good people, so I really won't be alone."

Savoy had nothing but good things to say about U-M after he finally made the trek to Ann Arbor during camp week in June, taking the entire Mamou coaching staff with him. The trip confirmed what the Michigan staff had been telling him all along. "The main thing that made me really like Michigan was their emphasis on academics," Savoy said. "They kept telling me about all the academic support that was available, and when I finally went up there to see it for myself I was convinced it was the place I wanted to be. Plus, they have a great football team." Savoy reports a 2.8 grade-point-average and scored a 14 on the ACT. He said he will re-take the test in September.

Mamou participated this past Friday in the annual Parish Jamboree, where the Demons took on Basile in what Savoy described as a scrimmage under game conditions. "It's something we do every year," he said. "All the schools in the (Evangeline) Parish get together for this Jamboree. We beat Basile 12-8 but we didn't do so good. This week we're running. We run a mile before practice and after we do 10 50-yard sprints. Our season starts Friday against (Leesville) Pickering, we have to travel to them." Savoy said that thankfully a mild August has made the drills a bit less painful.

Speaking of weather, Savoy said he has been constantly reminded the winters up north are somewhat different than those in which he is accustom. As such he is planning on finding out first hand when he schedules his official visit. "I haven't scheduled it yet, I talked to Coach Jackson recently but we didn't talk about that," he said. "But I am planning on going up in December or January, I want to see what it's like up there in the winter."

Mamou is looking to improve on last years finish, which ended in the quarterfinals of the state tournament. "We lost a lot of players from last years team," Savoy said. "But we have the capability of doing just as well or better with the guys we have now. I play wideout on offense and free safety on defense. It's basically my job to catch the ball and score touchdowns on offense, and knock the ball down or intercept on defense." Savoy did plenty of both last season, snaggin 44 passes for 783 yards and nine TD's and racking up 50 tackles and four interceptions while picking up his second first team All-District honor.

Savoy said he'll be spending his Saturday watching the Wolverines take on Miami of Ohio. "I've heard Miami is pretty good, I'll be keeping an eye on Braylon for sure."

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