Troy MI OLB/DE and P/K Aiming High

Troy Michigan Head Coach Gary Griffith talked with GBW about his two star players, OLB/DE Will Schwarz and P/K Kevin Muma.

GoBlueWolverine spoke Coach Gary Griffith about his star players: Will Schwarz (6-5, 220), Trieu's #67 instate junior, and P/K Kevin Muma, Trieu's #55.

GoBlueWolverine:First regarding Will: has he been to any camps or is he planning any during the summer?

Coach Griffith: "He went to Columbus for the Nike combine and did well. I believe he is planning on going to a lot of one day summer camps, but II'm not really sure which ones at this stage ... but I am sure Michigan will be one that he wants to visit."

GoBlueWolverine: What is Will's interest level in Michigan right now?

Coach Griffith: "He is very high on Michigan, but I am not sure where Michigan stands on their recruiting board for Will at this time. They liked his film that we showed them, but Michigan is evaluating him right now. I told Will to enjoy the process and just see what happens, along with telling him, 'do not shut anybody out because you are waiting on an offer from a certain school because you do not know if that school will ever offer'."

"He is in no hurry to make a decision right now either so he wants to see who is all interested in him."

GoBlueWolverine: Does Will play any other sports besides football?

Coach Griffith: "Will plays basketball along with track, where he qualified for state by throwing the discus 155 feet."

GoBlueWolverine: What kind of player is Will and how much potential does he have at the next level?

Coach Griffith: "Well, first of all he is 6'5 and weighs 215 – 220 pounds. Will is a Labrador puppy right now. He is nowhere close to a finished product and is just learning things now. He is one of those kids that has a great upside and a lot of potential. He has big hands, big feet, and I'm not sure if he is done growing. He is a huge-upside kid that is a 'raw product' and loaded with potential that a lot of people seem to really like nowadays."

GoBlueWolverine: What position are most schools recruiting him on offense?

Coach Griffith: "I think a lot of the bigger schools will want to work him out and possibly see him this fall, to see how he fills out and grows. He is an attractive recruit because we're not sure where he is going to play in college, but there are many options. Last year offensively we did not play him much because we went to a two-platoon and he was on the defensive side. In college, I could see him being an H-Back or a Tight End. He has real good hands and has good jumping ability. He can dunk a basketball with only taking one-step and jamming it with two hands. He probably runs a legit 4.7/ 40 time, and he is still growing into his body."

GoBlueWolverine: What position defensively are most colleges looking at him?

Coach Griffith: "Defensively we played him as a stand up defensive end, kind of like Michigan did with Shawn Crable. We play a 5-2 base defense, and when we play 4-3 package he plays the "Sam" linebacker. When we played our nickel package we kept him inside and kicked somebody else outside, so he has a lot of flexibility. Most college programs are looking at him for a outside linebacker, and if he grows anymore he might play a down defensive end."

GoBlueWolverine: What are some of the things Will needs to work on to get better for the next level?

Coach Griffith: "He needs to work on playing in space because he is sometimes almost too aggressive at times, but that is something we will be working with him on. He also needs to work on footwork like almost every high school football player."

GoBlueWolverine: What are some of the things he does well right now that will help him at the next level?

Coach Griffith: "Well, he is a very smart kid -- I believe he has a 3.4 grade point average and he is taking some advanced classes. Therefore, he is a smart kid on and off the field. He also gets to the ball in a hurry -- I believe he is one of those kids where his forty time does not show on the field. He can get from point A to point B in a hurry for his position, and make the tackle -- which shows he has very good instincts."

GoBlueWolverine: Who is his area recruiter?

Coach Griffith: "I believe it is Tony Dews who is a real nice person, very personable ... and he is looking at my kicker as well."

GoBlueWolverine: Can you talk a little bit about your kicker Kevin Muma?

Coach Griffith: "I believe he will be a big time kicker. Kevin was All State last year as a junior, so you have to think he will be again his senior year. Michigan is looking at him as a place kicker. They told me they are expecting to take a kicker this year's recruiting class. I am not sure they will offer a scholarship to a kicker or not, but it sounds like it."

GoBlueWolverine: What kind of interest does he have in Michigan?

Coach Griffith: "He is very interested in Michigan. He is supposed to be going to the Michigan kicking camp, and I believe he already signed up for it. There have been many teams looking at him: Wisconsin, Stanford, Purdue, Northwestern, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State and most of the MAC schools have been in the school to see him."

GoBlueWolverine: What does Kevin do for your team?

Coach Griffith: "He does everything for us regarding kicking: kicking the ball off, punting, extra points, and field goals. He had 86 points for us last year, and I am sure that number will increase this year. His longest field goal is 50 yards and he has been able to kick farther in practice. On kick offs, he probably kicked seventy-fiver percent of the balls into the end zone; I'm not sure how many of them were touchbacks, but they were a lot of them. Remember now we kick off from the forty, but I believe in college he will be able to do the same thing as well."

GoBlueWolverine: What position do you see Kevin concentrating on in college?

Coach Griffith: "I believe he will place kick in college since most teams like to have a separate punter and kicker on their teams. He could do both, but that might not be what they want out of him. He is a smart kid as well with a 3.6 grade point average, so he is looking at a school academically as well to get the best education possible -- especially if he gets several offers, which is hard to do for a kicker since a lot of teams want a kicker to walk-on and then earn a scholarship."

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