Tyree Kinnel and Braxton Miller don’t play the same position. They do, however, share the same mold.
Freshmen rarely start varsity for coach Jay Minton at Wayne High School, so when they do (i.e. Ohio State’s Miller) it’s important to take note.
Kinnel’s name is on the latest post-it.
Heading into his junior season as Ohio’s No. 1 safety prospect in the Class of 2015, Kinnel (6-foot, 190 pounds) owns 96 career tackles, four interceptions and scholarship offers from Kentucky and Arkansas.
He recently camped at Michigan State and expects to earn an offer from the Spartans this fall.
“All the Michigan State coaches said that they really like me,” Kinnel told spartantailgate.com. “I’m very high on their 2015 board and I helped myself out a lot during their camp. It would be great to pick up an offer from Michigan State.”
Kinnel is also in constant contact with Ohio State, Michigan and Tennessee. The Buckeyes and Wolverines could be hard to beat (should they offer), but Michigan State holds an intriguing card — Wayne alumnus and current Spartans point guard Travis Trice.
“I’m best friends with Travis’ little brother,” Kinnel said. “We grew up together.”
D’Mitrik Trice will be Wayne’s starting quarterback this fall. He’s also a teammate of Kinnel’s on the Warriors basketball team.
Small -school sleeper: Triad senior Tre McIntyre (6-1, 195) doesn’t hold any offers right now, but the defensive back/receiver will make a college roster as a safety. His athleticism provides additional value as a returner. McIntyre (6-1, 195) had 2,200 all-purpose yards and 27 TDs last year. He also had 95 tackles, nine interceptions, four fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles and 13 pass breakups.
Athens-bound: Stebbins senior running back Jared Brumfield (6-2, 215) has become the second local player to commit to Ohio University. Brumfield will play outside linebacker for the Bobcats.
Miamisburg tight end Connor Brown (6-6, 220) committed to Ohio in early June.
Double time: After going 14 years without a D-I offensive line recruit, Fairfield has two in less than 14 days. Senior Robert Behanan (6-4, 265) committed to Middle Tennessee State on Saturday. He also had offers from Kent State and Bowling Green. Senior Danny Bruns (6-7, 310) committed to Louisville on June 27.
Road trips: Carroll running back/linebacker Cary Sullivan (5-10, 205) continued a busy summer by visiting Army for the second time Saturday. Sullivan won the MVP award for running backs at an NUC combine in Columbus in early May and then participated in the NUC Ultimate 100 combine in Indianapolis in June. There he earned an invite to the Top Prospect Elite Camp, which will be held at the University of Oklahoma later this month.
Sullivan was second team All-Greater Catholic League last season.
Big Ten: Kenton senior defensive end Noah Furbush (6-4, 240) committed to Michigan. He will play middle linebacker for the Wolverines.