Brunetti UM's Latest Dual Threat Target

The Michigan Wolverines are combing the country for dual-threat signal callers and have already identified a number of talented targets. The latest prospect to move into their crosshairs is Memphis University School QB, Barry Brunetti. The 6-2, 210-pounder experience great success on the field last year, and that's now translating to a great deal of attention from big time college programs.

Barry Brunetti Profile

"I ran for 19 touchdowns, threw for 18, threw for over 1400 yards, and ran for 805," Brunetti said.  "I played three full games out of the whole season.  We always were blowing teams out so I never really played much.  We won the state title.  I didn't even play a full game in the state (championship).  It was 31-0 at halftime."

With that kind of impressive resume, it's surprising that this Volunteer State star's recruitment hadn't caught fire before now.  He jumps off the film with his big play ability on the ground and through the air, and some observers have even mentioned similarities between him and a few former Heisman trophy winners.

"A lot of people kind of compare me to Troy Smith physique wise, but running wise, probably a Tim Tebow," said Brunetti when asked to describe his game.  "But I'm shiftier when I'm out of the pocket.  I've never gotten tackled in the open field before."  

Never?  Surely that's just a vibrant case of hyperbole, right?

"Never in my life have I gotten tackled in the open field," he reiterated.

Suffice it to say that this is one youngster with an abundance of swagger and confidence.  Most coaches happen to covet those traits, especially in their field generals.  Duke, Memphis, and Mississippi State have demonstrated just how strong their interest is by extending scholarship offers.  His highlight film has prompted others to get more involved as well, including the one he calls his childhood favorite.

"I grew up a fan of Florida," Brunetti reported.  "I've always been a fan of the Gators.  I've been getting letters, but I haven't talked to any of the coaches.  I know they got my film.  They said they loved my film and they called my coach, but I haven't talked to any of the coaches."

Michigan is among the suitors whose coaches Brunetti has spoken to.  As a matter of fact, he has spoken to them quite often.  As a result, the Wolverines have moved up his recruiting board in recent days.  He seemingly has moved up theirs as well.

"I'm going to call Coach Dews, my recruiting coach (Tuesday)," he said.  "I've been talking to him every week lately.  He is going to let me know something (Tuesday).  He told me all of the coaches love my film and sometime probably (Tuesday) he'll let me know something."

Whether that something is an offer, an invitation to campus, or some other sign of increased interest, Brunetti plans to spend time in the coming weeks getting more familiar with the Maize & Blue.

"I know that Coach Rodriguez came from West Virginia and he loves dual-threat quarterbacks.  That's pretty much all I knew.  I know a lot of people had been telling me that Michigan would be a great fit for me.  I'm eager to learn more about them."

For Brunetti, visits will be a major factor in separating the contenders from the pretenders.  He began his recruiting travels months ago and plans to pick up the pace over the next few weeks.

"I don't care if I loved you since I was born, everybody is even right now," Brunetti stated.  "I'm going to pick the best place that fits me.  It's going to come down mostly to being comfortable with the coaches, players, does the system fit me, and does it feel like a second family away from home."

"I made some unofficals during the football season to Tennessee, LSU, and Memphis," he continued.   "I made it  to a junior day at Memphis in the past two weeks, I'm going down to Tennessee this weekend for a junior day, and then I'm going to go visit Mississippi State next weekend.  I'm probably going to go to an Ole Miss spring practice and I'm trying to get up to Michigan as soon as possible and get a look up there.   I want to make my decision by the end of the summer.  I don't care how far it is, I'm going to pick the best place that fits me."


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