Michigan assistant Tony Gibson was in Hubbard, OH last week checking in on recently offered RB Andre Givens, but while there he made it clear to the coaching staff that Givens wasn't the only player he was interested in. Kurtis Drummond, a 6-3, 195-lb. athlete, recently caught the attention of the Maize & Blue as well.
"He basically said that they had sat down and watched my film and stuff," Drummond reported. "He said that that they decided to offer me. Then the letter came in the mail."
The Wolverines are now part of a list that also includes Toledo, Akron, Kent State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Michigan State, Indiana, Louisville, Cincinnati, Boston College, and Syracuse. The primary reason for the growing interest? His versatility.
"On offense I'm an aggressive receiver," Drummond said confidently. "I'm going to go after the ball and I can block. I get key blocks. I'll always hustle no matter where the ball is going. On defense I like to hit. I like to be involved. I'm not going to back down from anybody. I'm the type of player that likes to hit, so I'm going to come get you."
"I've got some schools looking at me as a strong safety/outside linebacker, some schools are looking at me at receiver, and some schools are just leaving it up to me…wherever I want to go."
For Michigan, the early success recruiting receivers combined with the need for secondary help made courting Drummond as safety/outside linebacker the obvious choice. That decision could prove to be beneficial in the long run.
"I've thought about it for a while, and as of right now I'm leaning toward playing safety in college," said Drummond.
Another feather in Michigan's cap could ultimately wind up being Drummond's admitted childhood affinity for the Maize & Blue.
"I was definitely a Wolverine fan growing up," he said. (The offer from the Wolverines) meant a little bit more because of me growing up watching them. At the school I used to go to the helmets and colors were just like Michigan, so I was into that. I was into the whole Michigan thing because it reminded me of us. I started liking them, so (getting the Michigan offer) was a little bit different."
Boyhood feelings aside, Drummond insists Michigan is on even playing field with all of his other suitors at this point in time. He claims no favorites and plans on making a decision based on far more than just pure emotion.
"I've got it set in my mind that I want to see places and get to know people first," Drummond explained. "I don't want to just go by the name. I want to go somewhere that fits. I want to go somewhere that competes. I want to have a chance to win some games and championships. I want to go some place where I have a chance to play earlier than later. I don't want to just be a player hidden that nobody knows about. I want to go somewhere that's a family atmosphere where the players have fun and have a tight bond with the coaches. Somewhere where the coaches aren't just worried about you as a football player…where they are (also) making sure they go to class and preparing them to become men."
Hitting the road for visits will be a frequent occurrence in the coming months. Drummond has already visited a number of his suitors, but he hopes to see many more before arriving at a decision.
"I went to Ohio State's junior day, I went to Toledo, Indiana, Louisville, and Cincinnati," Drummond recalled. "I'm going to Michigan for the Barbecue at the Big House, hopefully. That's the plan. If not I'll make it up in the summer. As long as it fits into my mom's schedule."
"The goal was to make a decision before the season to get it out of the way so I can focus on my last season, but if I don't find somewhere that feels right, I don't want to rush into it just because I gave myself a timeframe," he continued. "Whenever I feel comfortable is when I'll make it."