Brandent Englemon - Part Three

Finishing up his official visit to Michigan today (Sunday) is Covington, Ky. (Cincinnati area) defensive back Brandent Englemon. We talked in the days leading up to the visit to Brandent, plus his coach and athletic director. Here are comments from his AD, plus more from Brandent himself.

We talked in the past couple days to Covington, Kent., Holmes Athletic Director Ron Madrick about his star defensive back Brandent Englemon (Jan. 31 official visit, 6-0, 180 lbs., 4.5 in the 40, 4.0+ GPA).

How did Michigan come to offer Brandent?

"In October Coach Herrmann came in and told them Michigan's game plan -- they were looking at about twelve scholarship openings at that time and could not offer Brandent one. But Herrmann told Brandent they were very interested, and if things opened up later they would come back with an offer."

"Then Kentucky came in with an offer, and his family encouraged him to take it. And he did. So he didn't have a chance to compare Kentucky with Michigan. Now he'll have that chance."

"His interest in Michigan is serious -- very much so. I think he's going up there with idea that if he likes it, he may commit. Of course I've coached for a long time, in college (Louisville and Murray State) as well as high school, and you never know if a kid is going to like it or not. He may or may not like the weather, or the players, and so on. We're Brandent Engleman fans ... we're not encouraging him one way or other. It's fine with us if he goes to Michigan, or sticks with Kentucky."

What other schools were recruiting him?

"Kentucky was the first school to offer him, in November, and he committed. So Cinncinnati and Louisville backed away at that point. Western Kentucky where Jack Harbaugh, (former Michigan coach and father of Jim Harbaugh) coaches, stayed after him -- they wanted him as a quarterback."

Did the departure of Kentucky coach Guy Morris influence Brandent?

"I haven't heard him mention that. It's more the lure of Michigan, both football-wise and its academic reputation. He wants to go into engineering, and he knows they have one of the top engineering schools."

Brandent adds: "It's the history of the Michigan program, the longevity of the tradition. They've gone to bowls how many years in a row now? And are always in the BCS hunt. Plus they have an excellent engineering school. I'm thinking about electrical or mechanical engineering."

Where is Michigan recruiting him?

Madrick: "Michigan is recruiting him as a cover corner, although he has the ability to play safety as well. Brandent is tough, and has a lot of ability."

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