Michigan Football Recruiting: Tyree Kinnel -- 2015 Commit -- Profile

Posted at 12:00pm — 3/26/2014

Michigan Football Recruiting: Tyree Kinnel — 2015 Commit — Profile

GBMWolverine Readers: Here is an overview of recent verbal commitment Tyree Kinnel.

Michigan was very aggressive in recruiting defensive backs as members of the limited 2015 recruiting class. Two, Kinnel and Shaun Crawford committed back-to-back. Tyree was the fourth commit for the Michigan football recruiting class for 2015.

Tyree Kinnel
Height: 6’0
Weight: 190
Number: 2
Current Position: Cornerback
Future Position: Free Safety / Nickel Back
City/State: Huber Heights, Ohio
High School: Wayne
Head Coach: Jay Minton
Recruiter: Coach Mark Smith and Curt Mallory
Committed: 8/24/2013
Other Offers: Arkansas, Kentucky, and Michigan State.
Class: 2015 Michigan Wolverine Recruiting Class (Verbal Commit).

Tyree Kinnel 3Follow Tyree: on Twitter


24/7: star 7 star 7 star 7 star 7.
ESPN: star 7 star 7 star 7.
Rivals: star 7 star 7 star 7 star 7.
Scout: star 7 star 7 star 7 star 7.

Note: Stars do matter, but are not absolute in predicting success within a football program. So, with that in mind the GBMWolverine Staff has cleverly come up with a new system of ranking. We are using footballs instead of stars, how can one argue against a system that clever? Below are the interpretations of football power predicted way too boldly long before it matters. In other words, we will give informed opinion with the crystal ball and let the players determine what will happen through years of hard work.

Criteria: Raw talent, athleticism, position of need, intangibles.

GBMWolverine Rankings: .

10 footballs: Instant impact player.
9 footballs: Three or four-year starter at a high level.
8 footballs: A starter with all league potential.
7 footballs: A meaningful starter at some time during a career.
6 footballs: A spot starter or special teams player.
5 footballs: Not in the two deep after a two years.
4 footballs: Never made it.
1-3 footballs: See the above.

Side Note:

Remember just as we did during the season with grading positions or groups we are very tough graders and expect a lot out of those positions or players so this is no different here.

Tyree Kinnel 7Overview:

Tyree is a three year starter for one of the better programs in Ohio, Huber Heights. He plays corner, but was recruited by Michigan to play free safety, but could also help at nickel back and on special teams. Tyree is an excellent special teams player for Huber Heights.


Tyree has a good frame and the size to play either corner or safety. He is excellent in coverage, has a smooth fluid back pedal, and nice loose hips. Tyree makes good zone drops and reads the quarterback well. He shows excellent anticipation and breaks well on the ball. He is also a solid tackler who plays hard.

Tyree Kinnel 8Concerns/Needs Work:

As with most high school football players, he will need to add weight and get stronger. He will also need to learn to play man coverages. Tyree’s jam and press skills are solid at corner, but he will need to learn to play the same type of coverage against a #2 receiver.

Red-shirt or play his Freshman Year?

GBMWolverine believes it would be best if he would red-shirt his first year. This would help, and remember, the numbers and competition at defensive back will be stiffer than in previous years. Still, talented freshmen who like to play frequently end up on special teams.

Tyree Kinnel reminds the GBMWolverine Staff of — Former Michigan Football Player — Leon Hall — who played Cornerback.

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Final Thoughts:

We welcome Tyree Kinnel to Michigan and hope he has a successful career on and off the football field as a student-athlete at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

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