St. Paul (MN) Cretin Durham Hall DE/LB Broderick Binns didn't spend very long at Michigan's annual summer camp last month, but he definitely made the time he did have count. The 6-2, 230-pounder patterns his game after Simeon Rice and his stats from last season (89 tackles, nine sacks, and three batted balls) prove that he can get after the quarterback. He put those pass rushing skills on display while in Ann Arbor and says he left town with a scholarship offer as a result.
"Michigan was kind of like off and on," Binns said regarding the Michigan's interest before his camp attendance. "Coach Moeller came to the school and just told me he would love to see me down at the camp. I said, 'What the heck, I might as well go.' I was there just the one day. It was a real fun camp. The coaches were really hands on. I liked them. They taught me a lot of things that I'm using back at school now."
Binns only other campus visit this summer was the one he took to Iowa City for the Hawkeyes football camp. He found that to be a valuable experience as well.
"It was cool," Binns said regarding his camping experience at Iowa. "It was a few less people than Michigan had, but the coaches were still hands on. It was real cool."
The visits to the two Big Ten programs vaulted both up Binns' list, but one clearly has an advantage at this point.
Binns plans to take all five official visits this fall and both Michigan and Iowa are in line to receive return trips. Once his trips are out of the way, a decision won't be that far off.
"I'll probably make my choice during the middle of my season," said Binns. "The most important factor will be if the school is rated high in my major which will be business management."