In-state 2022 wide receiver Tay’Shawn Trent may be stuck inside just like the rest of us due to the coronavirus outbreak, but somehow, someway, his recruitment has managed to take flight during the quarantine.
In the last week alone, Trent has received offers from West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, Toledo, Central Michigan and Cincinnati. On Saturday, Michigan offensive coordinator Josh Gatis entered Michigan into the recruiting race by offering him a scholarship.
“The conversation started off smooth and ended smooth,” Trent told Maize n Brew. “Coach Gattis is a very genuine coach and cares more about you than football. He talked about life responsibilities and decisions.
“It was (the first time we ever talked), but it felt like we talked before. It felt natural.”
Despite being within an hour’s distance, Trent has yet to visit U-M’s campus. When he is able to do so, he plans on making it out to Ann Arbor to see everything up close.
“(Not having visited) is killing me because it’s one of my favorite colleges,” Trent said. “I did grow up a Michigan fan, but as I got older I became a Clemson fan as well.”
When it comes to what Trent is looking for in his future school, he said, “I’m looking for a school that’s gonna help me with academics and show me real love, and want me to succeed.”
The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder from Eastpointe is keeping busy during the quarantine. He’s still staying in shape thanks to a bench press he has at home. He’s also looking ahead past the pandemic to his junior season of high school football.
“This season, Eastpointe is gonna make another statement, better than last year’s,” he said.
With him already being 205 pounds at 6-foot-4, I am interested to see if he continues to grow over the next two years. If he does, I could see him being much like in-stater Maliq Carr (Purdue) was in the 2020 cycle, where he is being recruited to play tight end. But with a growing offer list, a lot of colleges are going to be vying for his services regardless of what position he plays.
You can watch his sophomore year highlight reel below.