Dre Kirkpatrick, the five star cornerback out Gadsden Alabama, is garnering attention from all over the country. The interest from coast to coast has led many to ask the question, does staying close to home matter to him?
"No not really, but it does for my mom," he admitted. "She would like to be close to home. As for my dad, it doesn't matter to him what so ever."
With an open outlook toward his recruitment, Kirkpatrick insists there isn't a leader for his services. There are, however, a few schools that have begun to distinguish themselves.
One of the schools Kirkpatrick is looking to learn more about is the University of Michigan, and the reason why isn't very surprising.
"They put great defensive backs in the league a lot, and I am trying to go somewhere that will put me there," he said. "They came down to see me in the spring and I didn't know they were there to see me. It impressed me that they came down to take a look at me."
The Michigan assistant that made the trek south was defensive backs coach, Tony Gibson. Recently Kirkpatrick made contact with the Maize & Blue again.
"I talked with Coach Gibson and he was telling me what a great plan that he has for me if I decide to come to Michigan," the youngster recalled. "Coach Rodriguez let me know how much they wanted me. When the head coach talks to you, it really lets you know how much they want you."
Kirkpatrick hopes to cut down his long list of suitors to ten schools by the middle of his football season. Michigan may have a chance to cement its place on the list in the very near future.
"I am trying to get up (to Ann Arbor) on the second or third weekend in July," Kirkpatrick said. "If I don't make up there I will be trying to come up on one of my official visits."