Signing Day Capsule: Brandon Minor

Many of the nation's top programs were hot on the trail of Virginia RB Brandon Minor, but he grew up a fan of the Michigan Wolverines. When decision time came, the 6-0, 210-pounder followed his heart to Ann Arbor. ***Video Included.***

Brandon Minor
Running Back
Varina HS
(Richmond, VA)
NR: ****
Position Rank: 29 Player Video:
Brandon Minor Scouting Video

His Recruiting Story
Brandon Minor began to gain national recognition after an impressive sophomore campaign in which he rushed for almost 1800 yards. The Richmond, Varina star followed that up with a dominant junior season in which he rushed 196 times for 2,091 yards and 30 touchdowns. His 10.7 yards per carry and 190.1 yards per game caught the attention of many of the nation's top programs, including the University of Michigan.

Minor may have grown up in the shadows of schools like Virginia and Virginia Tech, but he was always a fan of the Wolverines. Michigan was the first school's to step forth with scholarship when head coach Lloyd Carr decided to offer in February of 2005. North Carolina State, Nebraska, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Florida, and Miami soon followed suit. The Hurricanes appeared to be Michigan's stiffest competition early on since they too were a team he grew up following. "I've always kind of liked them but I really got to learn a lot about them through my friend, (former Hurricane offensive tackle) Bryant McKinnie," he said.

Minor tore his hip flexor muscle prior to the start of his senior campaign, but all of the schools on his list kept their offers on the table. He later settled on visits to four schools; Virginia Tech (unofficial), Tennessee, Michigan, and Miami. When bruising tailback took his official visit to Ann arbor in December he was blown away. At that point it was clear the Wolverines were going to be tough to beat. "I really liked hanging out with the players and especially the coaches; we got along great," Minor said. "I was very impressed with the facilities, the weight room and the rehab center, the training table. Everything was very nice. I got to see more of the players and coaches during my trip to Michigan. At Tennessee they were playing a game, so were thinking about that. At Michigan they were all on us."

Soon after his visit to Miami, the once strong Hurricanes were removed from consideration, leaving three schools vying for his services. When the dust finally settled, he committed to Michigan on Friday January 20th at a press conference at his school."

"I picked Michigan because it was the best thing for me in all areas, athletically and academically. They were my team growing up ... I dreamed of going there."

GoBlueWolverine Commentary
At nearly 6-0 and 210 lbs., Brandor Minor is a between the tackles runner with excellent vision and tackle-braking ability. He gets through the line quickly for a young man his size, and is never brought down by first contact. He has some shake in his game and possesses deceptive speed. He was clocked at 4.7 in the 40 in a combine prior to his junior year, and that affected his ranking and caused some to view him as a fullback. Minor, however, is definitely a tailback and has since reduced to the 4.5 range. Regardless of what the stopwatch may read, he has good football speed and doesn't get caught from behind when he is between the white lines. He also is an excellent pass catcher out of the backfield.

“Oh, I’ll run you right over if you get in my way,” he said. "I have the ability to either run you over or shake you. A lot of guys have one ability or the other. I feel like I can do both equally well."

Minor is also a fierce competitor that is unafraid of competition. "It's just like anything else," he said regarding the full depth chart at Michigan. "If you work hard you get results. I know that Michigan got a commitment from another running back, but that doesn't mean anything to me, I'll go in and play wherever I go."

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