Rival Coaches Drop in on Demens

One of Michigan's assistant coaches made it to Detroit Country Day High School to check in on LB commitment Kenny Demens yesterday, but so too did coaches from two other programs. Is talented prospect now wavering?

The Detroit Country Day Yellow Jackets knocked on the door for the 2007 division 4 state title, but came up just short last week, falling to Marine City 21-7 in the finals. That loss, however, did nothing to diminish the breakout season turned in by tackling-machine Kenny Demens. The 6-1 225-pounder reportedly made 151 stops en route to earning Detroit Free Press Dream Team honors. With his season now behind him he has turned hi attention to monitoring the coaching situation at Michigan.

“I found out before the announcement,” Demens said regarding Lloyd Carr’s retirement. “First there was some talk, then Coach Moeller called me that Sunday night. He was the first one to let me know. He was over here (at Detroit Country Day) today and I saw him at school. He told me and my mom that everything was cool. He said the scholarship is still there. He said there is a possibility that the new coach might bring in his own staff. He said for me that it was going to be all good. I told him that I’m going to stay with Michigan no matter what. No matter who the head coach is, it’s still Michigan at the end of the day.”

Teams hoping to test that resolve wasted no time informing Demens of their renewed interest.

“Immediately (after Carr retired) Tennessee called, Coach Spack from Purdue, Michigan State… everybody,” Demens recalled. “It was crazy. It was like I was being recruited again. Coach Spack came up to the school today. Coach Narduzzi from Michigan State did too.”

While Demens has made his preference to still attend Michigan clear, he welcomes the attention from other suitors because it assures him that he has options. In this time of uncertainty, that knowledge is somewhat comforting. That said, he maintains that he will not make any hasty decisions. He won’t make any definitive moves until the search process has concluded. He is currently keeping very close tabs on the search, dissecting each and every rumbling.

“If it was up to me I would want it to be Coach English right off the bat,” said Demens. “I like his philosophy and I like how he coaches his boys. I was up there for a couple of spring practices and I like him a lot. If it was somebody that wasn’t from the staff, I would want to go with Coach Ferentz. He was recruiting me. He’s been up to the school. He kind of reminds me of Lloyd Carr. He’s like that down to earth, old school, don’t yell too much, give it to me straight, keep it real type of dude. I like Coach Ferentz. I don’t know anything about Coach Miles.”

“If was to take a little while (to name a coach), I’d probably take some official visits just in case,” Demens continued. “Football is what got me here. I wouldn’t be in the position I’m in right now without football. Hopefully it will take me to the next level. If Les Miles comes in there and wipes out Michigan’s current staff and puts his boys in there… I would think about taking some official visits.”

Like most of the Wolverines other commitments, though, any visit plans made would be part of a contingency plan.

“I’ve been talking to Brandon Moore, big Dann O’neill, Mike Martin, and Sam McGuffie and we were all saying that we’re going to stay,” he said. “As of right now I’m straight. If something was to come up and I was to take an official visit somewhere, it would be some last minute type stuff. As of right now I’m a man of my word. Go Blue.”

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