Two of the more familiar faces amongst the sea of recruits visiting for the Penn State game on Saturday were Tyrece Woods and Andre Seldon, the pair of commits and Belleville teammates. They’ve been at every game this season so far, and have put in some work recruiting others to join them in pledging to Michigan. I chatted with each about how the visit stood out and what players they were targeting.
In describing the environment in the stadium, both players echoed the sentiment given by the others players I’ve interviewed.
“It was electric, the best game I’ve ever been to,” raved Seldon.
Woods agreed, saying “It was electric with a lot of energy. It was by far the best experience (this season).”
The two were not only impressed by the atmosphere, but also the performance by the team on the field. Woods described the defense as playing “with a chip on their shoulder” and gave props to the offense, calling them “unbelievable this year.”
Seldon said he was “blown away” and that “they executed perfectly all day.”
The junior cornerback has gained a reputation as one of the best recruiters of his peers, especially for in-state prospects. While Woods said he “didn’t get a chance” to talk to many uncommitted guys, Seldon put in some work.
The two prospects Seldon talked to the most were wide receivers Rashawn Williams and Devell Washington. As for his feelings on the two, Seldon thinks “we have a good chance” with Williams, but Washington is “still in the MSU phase.”
But, when asked if Washington will eventually sway towards Michigan, Seldon replied, “definitely.”
Before Woods and Seldon are ready to compete for the Maize and Blue, they have their high school careers to focus on. Their Belleville squad is undefeated and headed into the third round of the playoffs, where they’ll face off against a West Bloomfield team featuring fellow Michigan commit Cornell Wheeler, and former targets Lance Dixon and Tre Mosley.
When asked about how they feel about the game, both seemed undaunted. “I’m real confident right now, we’ve been playing at a high level and have really came together as a team,” said Woods.
“Just ready to compete overall,” replied Seldon.
The Belleville team has already made waves, winning districts for the first time in school history, but there’s much more at stake with a state title on the line.
Woods talked about what winning a title would mean for his community. “It would mean a lot,” said Woods. “We’ve already made school history winning the district, but it would mean a lot more winning states.”
Seldon added that “it would mean the world to us since it’s never been done at Belleville.”
The duo will look to bring their drive and winning attitude to the Michigan program in the next couple of years, and hopefully make history for not only their high school, but their college as well.