With offers already extended to Boubacar Cissoko, Fred Smith, Nicholas Perry and Jonas Gray, the Wolverines are clearly making their presence felt in Detroit. On Wednesday, the Maize & Blue stepped up the recruiting intensity on another Detroit area prospect, this time taking aim at Country Day LB/FB Kenny Demens.
"I came in from running on Wednesday and I had missed a text message from coach Moeller," Demens said to GBW. "It told me to give him a call. We did a little catching up and then he told me me that he’d like me to make it up there on August 1st with my mom. Most of the conversation was about me trying to get up there before I start camp on August 6." The Maize & Blue's decision to offer likely has a great deal to do with Demens' impressive showing at their annual summer camp. He shined at linebacker on the the first day of what was planned to be a two-day affair. The 6-1, 225-pounder had hoped to return to Ann Arbor to work out at fullback (his other high school position), but was unable to make it.
"I had a hamstring injury," Demens explained. "I didn't want to come back the next day and one: not perform well, and two: hurt it even more. Otherwise I would have been back up there doing my thing."
With an unofficial visit to Nebraska scheduled for July 30, the Cornhuskers are one of many teams standing in the way of a Michigan commitment from Demens. While yet to trip to Lincoln, the three-star linebacker is excited to see what Nebraska has to offer.
"I know Nebraska puts a lot of guys in the league at linebacker and everything," Demens continued. "I've got some friends that want to go there also. Jonas (Gray) talks about going there some, Will Compton... plus Doug Rippy and Blaine Gabbert who are already committed. I talk to them everyday almost. The thing about it, though, is that Michigan is Michigan. That's one of the top programs in the country. I've been to a couple of spring practices and games at Michigan, and I love how Ron English coaches. I love his effort, his enthusiasm, and his excitement for the defense. I've got friends there and know Mike Martin and Boubacar (Cissoko). Everything is just good right now."
Along with the Wolverines and the Cornhuskers, the Michigan State figure into Demens mix. While another visit to East Lansing is yet to been set, Demens made no bones about it where the Green & White sit in his recruitment. That said, both the Spartans and Cornhuskers have the Wolverines hot on their heels.
"I would say Nebraska and Michigan State are sticking out right now," Demens admitted. "Right now it's probably Nebraska sticking out #1 and Michigan State is #2. Michigan just came on board. I didn't really think I was going to get an offer. They were somewhere in the middle, but I predict that sometime in the next few months or few weeks, I feel that they are going to jump to the top of my list probably…or somewhere high profile.
"I'd have to give you a top four if I gave you a top list of schools right now," he continued. "I would have to include West Virginia."
All four programs should have ample time to make their respective pushes for the top of the thee-star prospects list. At this point he isn't planning on making a decision anytime soon.
"I'm going to wait," Demens said. "I don't to make a decision I'm going to regret. I want everyone to look at me and I want to see what's best for me. I'm not in any rush right now. It's going to come down to my overall comfort level with the whole program. I'm looking at all of the little things, like relationships on the team, how well I get along with the head coach… is he someone I can talk to on a daily basis... the campus, the location... everything. I'm going to sum it all up. If I think it's best for me I'm going to do it. "