Among the sea of recruits on Michigan’s campus this past weekend were a couple of speedy wide receivers from the same high school, St. John’s in Massachusetts.
One of those receivers, Eamonn Dennis, gave his pledge to Michigan Monday afternoon. The other, Jay Brunelle, hasn’t pulled the trigger for a school yet, but his official visit may have nudged the Wolverines ahead in this race.
Maize n Brew caught up with Brunelle to discuss his visit and what’s coming next for him.
This was actually Brunelle’s second visit in as many weeks to Ann Arbor, giving him a great chance to get a hard look at the school. He said these visits allowed him to garner “a great feel for every aspect of the campus and program.”
Specifically, Brunelle said a few things stood out to him the most.
“Winning mentality and culture,” the 6-foot-1, 200-pound receiver said. “Momentum looks like it’s going in the right direction for the program.”
There was obviously a lot of buzz around the program this weekend with the commitments looking to reach the double digits, and Brunelle felt it as well.
“The energy was definitely contagious. I think everyone was feeling good leaving the visit,” he said.
Brunelle himself got a good opportunity to talk to the coaches, whose message was all about “their emphasis on why they want me and how much I could fit into this offense and the program.”
After being timed running a 4.56 40-yard dash at The Opening Regionals in April, he would definitely fit into Gatti’s speed in space mantra.
Following the visit, Brunelle said Michigan is now “very high up on my list.” He doesn’t have any more visits set up right now, and is “trying to decide before the season,” which could give Michigan a good shot to finish this recruitment off.
Brunelle is ranked as the No. 823 player in the country and 137th at wide receiver. Despite those low rankings, he is being pursued hard by Notre Dame, and UCLA is also showing intense interest. Many players on Michigan’s roster have shown Northeastern recruits are usually underrated and can blow up big time once they’re on campus.
Michigan may be the team to beat moving forward, though, if there is room for him. Having two receivers from the same high school would be pretty cool, but with Dennis committing this week and with the staff seemingly in the driver’s seat for A.J. Henning, Brenden Rice, and Roman Wilson, space will be limited. Brunelle is definitely a take, though, and could join the class sooner than later.