When J.L. Mann High (Greenville, SC ) star J.T. Floyd decided to soften his pledge to Tennessee back in the summer, one of the first stops on his visit intenerary was Ann Arbor, Michigan. The June unofficial visit gave the two-way standout an initial feel for the program, but it didn’t tell him all he wanted to know. In order to learn more he would need to make his way back to the Great Lake state during the season, and he and his dad did just that this past weekend.
“He really enjoyed himself up at Michigan,” said Floyd’s father who accompanied him on the trip. “We really like Coaches English, Campbell, and Bedford. They are all very good coaches. I think Coach Bedford is a great coach and a great guy.”
The chance to get some one-on-one time with his would-be coaches was invaluable for young Floyd. It left an indelible mark on the elder one too.
“Coach Bedford told my son he needs a shut down corner,” Mr. Floyd recalled. “My son then explained the difference between shut down and lock down. He said that a shut down corner might get it done sometime, but a lock down corner gets it done ALL of the time! He said, ‘I am a lock down corner. I want to be the best lock down corner."
The swagger apparently further excited an already fired up English.
“He told J.T., ‘I need a kid that thinks like you do’,” said Mr. Floyd. “I just want him to have the opportunity to get out there and play, and they were saying he’d have that chance there.”
It’s clear that the Floyd’s were extremely pleased with the football aspects of the visit, but they were equally impressed with the academic side of things.
“For me it is all about academics,” Mr. Floyd said matter-of-factly. “Right now my son is taking AP Calculus, AP English, and AP History. Education means a lot in our family. It is very important.”
The visit only strengthened Michigan’s chances at landing the talented youngster, which is something it seemed they wouldn’t have the opportunity to do a little earlier in the recruiting process. That is until Erik Campbell got the ball rolling again.
“My son was real impressed with Coach Campbell,” Mr. Floyd said. He said, ‘Coach Campbell went out of his way to come all the way down here to see me play football?! He thinks a lot of me to do that.”
Now that his second trip to Michigan is behind him, Floyd plans to focus finalizing his remaining trip schedule… one which could include another visit to Ann Arbor for the Ohio State game. Others still in the running appear to be NC State, Maryland, North Carolina, and Tennessee. According to Mr. Floyd, the Volunteers are still the litmus test that other programs are judged by.
“The reason we are visiting these schools is to make sure Tennessee is the right place for my son,” Mr. Floyd explained. “We have never said anything bad about Tennessee. They have been great to us. During this process we just want to look at our options”.
Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for more on J.T. Floyd in the coming days.