Is Michigan Out Front for Broderick Binns?

After camping at Michigan late last month, Cretin Derham Hall's (St. Paul, MN) Broderick Binns has the Wolverines very high on his list. Michigan's academic reputation in his desired major has only strengthened the position of the Maize and Blue. The two-way star discusses that and more with's Allen Wallace.

Broderick Binns Profile

Defensive end/outside linebacker Broderick Binns (6-2, 230, 4.7) from Cretin Derham High School in St. Paul (Minn.) said he favors Michigan slightly over Kansas State, Minnesota, Missouri and Michigan State. All have offered, Michigan the most recently.

"I'm quicker than most of the offensive linemen. I get around and I go get the ball," Binns said. "I know the moves in my general repertoire, like beating the offensive linemen with my speed. But I'm learning new moves, like spinning or turning to get to the quarterback.

"Michigan is a cool school and they're ranked high in the nation for my major, business management. The coaches are really hands-on; which means, instead of yelling, they show and teach by example. When I went to camp there on June 19, they taught me to put my hands first and feet second. The weight room and facilities were nice and the stadium was huge," Binns said.

"Kansas State has some coaches I know and some players who came from my high school. I haven't been, but from my experience talking to the coaches, they are also hands-on. I may go to a camp there this summer.

"Minnesota is my home town, and it would be cool to play in front of my home town crowd. I grew up watching them the most out of my favorite schools. They are the only school in my top five that's offered me as both defensive end and outside linebacker--the rest are recruiting me as a defensive end. The coaches really like what I do--how I beat the offensive linemen and use my hands," Binns said.

"My sister lives in Missouri so it would be an easy trip if I go to visit. But they haven't been keeping in touch with me," he said. "Michigan State is kind of like Missouri. They offered me and then fell out of contact.

"This summer I also went to a camp at Iowa on June 17--for only the top prospects in the nation. They have a nice establishment there. Michigan's camp had about 1500 guys, but this elite camp at Iowa only had 50 guys! The coaches were extra hands-on, but they taught feet first, and hands, second," he said. "Different schools teach different techniques. I like the Wolverines' technique better than the Hawks because, if I'm on a run play and I'm on defense, I need to get my hands on the offensive guys first to control the gap hole that I'm playing.

"I plan to commit in early fall when the season starts. That way I will have a lot of time to think about my decision. The thing that will help me decide most is if the college is good for my business management major--and so far, that's Michigan," Binns said.

Final junior season stats: 8 sacks, 89 tackles, 3 batted balls.

Binns reports a 3.6 core GPA and awaits his June 10 ACT.

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