The crop of available home grown recruits seems to be dwindling by the day
in the state of Michigan with the recent decisions by Jonas Gray (Nebraska),
Fred Smith (Michigan State), and Deon'tae Pannell (Penn State). Detroit
Country Day LB Kenny Demens is one of the few left standing, and both Michigan
and Michigan State are hot on his trail. That said, only one of those programs
is still alive in the race for his services. After an outstanding trip to Ann
Arbor on August 3rd, Demens is thinking differently about Michigan, and the
Maize & Blue vaulted itself into prime contention. He is also thinking differently
about when he might make his decision.
“It was nice,” Demens said regarding his trip to Michigan a few weeks back. “It was pretty amazing. I wanted to wait (to make his decision), but now that I’ve narrowed my schools down to Nebraska and Michigan, if I feel one more than the other, I’m going to go ahead and (commit). Right now I just don’t know for sure. It depends on when I get that feeling. It could happen soon, or it could happen late.
Demens has advocates for both programs working hard to sway him in their direction. On the side of the Wolverines are his twin uncles, both of whom attended Michigan. On Nebraska’s side, obviously, is his best friend Jonas Gray.
“Man, my uncles put it on me all of the time,” Demens exclaimed! “Texts that say ‘Hail to the Victors’ and everything (laughing).”
As Demens heads down what looks to be the home stretch in his recruitment, there are key aspects of both programs that he definitely likes. As a result, he is legitimately torn about which way he should go.
“Nebraska is like an NFL team…from the facilities to the head coach,” said Demens. “Bill Callahan…he is real energetic. The whole defensive scheme is set up where I could do well. Plus I could come in and play right away.”
“At Michigan, Ron English is a legend in the making right now” he later added. “Talking with Coach English and Coach Szabo…it’s just crazy. I fit into their scheme too. Michigan wants me to play the WILL and that’s like the free guy on their defense. That’s real good because I could go out there, do my thing, and make all of the plays.”
“More than likely I’ll have to visit both of them for a game before
I make my decision. That’s probably what I will do.”