20 OH RB Mike Drennen Talks Spartans
While he just finished his sophomore season at the high school level last fall, Dublin (OH) Coffman2020 running back Mike Drennen already holds four offers and has interest from several other schools, including #5 Michigan State.
Spartan Nation recently spoke with Drennen, who said he last visited East Lansing last year and enjoyed his time on campus said that he could see Michigan State being a family environment for him because he has a cousin that goes to school there and is good friends with Michigan State 2018 signee Jeslord Boateng.
“Michigan State’s a great place,” he said. “Last time I went, it was about a year ago and it was a very good experience. I have a cousin that goes there and he’s a good player and a good friend of mine and my dad’s and we work out together, so I feel like if I went there it’d be a family type of place.”
Drennen currently holds offers from Cincinnati, Indiana, Kentucky and Louisville.
While he hasn’t received an offer from the Spartans yet, Drennen said a potential offer from Michigan State would be a big deal and would love to have the chance to play with Boateng again.
“It would mean a lot,” he said. “My friend Jeslord, he just signed there. It would mean a lot, I would be able to go up there and play with him. If it came down to it, I would probably consider it, but it would make my friends happy and my family happy.”
After playing with Boateng for the past two years, Drennen told Spartan Nation that he believes his former teammate is going to be a key part of Michigan State’s success in the near future.
“They’re getting a lot out of him, he’s just athletically unreal,” he said. “He works hard, he works very hard and he’s a big guy. Watch, in the next few years he’ll be a big part of their team.”
Drennen, whose main recruiter has been Michigan State defensive coordinator Mike Tressel, said that he may take a trip to East Lansing for a spring practice and intends on camping at Michigan State this summer.
But with two years of high school football left for Drennen, the 5-foot-11, 195-pound running back said that while he feels his agility is his strong suit, he feels he needs to work on his speed.
“Probably my agility,” he said. “If it’s me versus you in the open field, I probably have the upper hand, that’s just my opinion.”
“Definitely my speed, that’s one of my main focuses throughout - that’s everybody’s focus to be honest - but the name of the game is speed kills,” he added. “That’s just how it goes nowadays.”
While the recruiting process can be stressful at times, Drennen said that he enjoys receiving offers and visiting schools to get a better feel for the coaches and how he feels he would fit in with that program.
“The offer part for sure, I like going on visits and seeing the recruit room and seeing everything recruits get to see,” he said. “Getting to build relationships with the coaches so once I get wherever I go it can feel like home, take care of me and treat me like one of their own, I guess.”
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