Ht/Wt: 6'0" / 192 lbs.
Location: Wayne High School - Huber Heights, Ohio
Offers: Arkansas, Kentucky, Michigan
In exciting-but-completely-expected news, Michigan received its 7th commitment in the 2015 class as Ohio DB Tyree Kinnel pledged to the Wolverines while on an unofficial visit to the school today. Kinnel, who grew up a Michigan fan, has been in contact with the coaches since his freshman year and has been working hard to earn a scholarship offer that would eventually come. Michigan offered Kinnel over the summer after impressive showings at Michigan's technique camp and Ohio State's Friday Night Lights camp, and it was thought that it was only a matter of time until Kinnel dropped.
The M Block profiled the 6'0", 192 lbs. defensive back earlier in the month and it was not immediately clear which position Kinnel would translate to in college. While he has the size to play either cornerback or safety, Kinnel has anchored Wayne High's defensive backfield at corner for the past two years, starting as a freshman on the team. Michigan recruited Kinnel as a safety, though, and he appears fully suited to roam across the defense as well. Wayne High puts their corners and safeties in zone coverage most of the time which should make Kinnel's transition a little smoother. He has been regarded as a player with great instincts and recognition skills- two crucial traits when playing safety. When paired with his ball skills, Kinnel has all the tools to fill the need of a physical safety.
With ties to Jackson, Michigan, Kinnel has been a Wolverine fan since he was born. His father sold him on the program as a youngster, but it was the current Michigan staff that re-sold him on the values of Michigan football nearly sixteen years later. "I love how they stress the team," Kinnel told Scout.com. "Everything is about the team and not about the individual and I love that about them. Michigan also has great football facilities and great tradition and I wanted to be a part of a school with a lot of tradition as we have that here at Wayne High School. Academics were also important and my visit today was all about academics."
Check out Austin Bailey's breakdown of Michigan's newest 2015 commit:
While Michigan's 2015 recruiting class doesn't expect to have quantity, they will certainly fill those selective spots with quality, and Ohio's Tyree Kinnel is definitely a worthy candidate. The Wayne High standout currently holds offers from Arkansas, Kentucky and Michigan. Kinnel also plans on visiting Ann Arbor for a game this fall.
The M Block Rating: 82/100 4-Star (****)
Run Support: 8
Kinnel is a confident player with great instincts and awareness. He has the toughness to come up in run support, and speed to drop back in coverage. The Ohio native does a great job making a play on the ball, and seizes opportunities for turnovers when in position. Kinnel will need to bulk up in order to play safety at the next level, and hasn't had much experience playing man coverage. Overall, Kinnel has the potential to be a very productive defensive back and is able to digest plays very quickly.