November 5, 2008

Branch looking closely at Michigan State

One of the top prospects in Michigan for the class of 2010 will likely be Tremondae Branch of Flint Carman Ainsworth High School. The 6-foot-1, 250-pound defensive line prospect is already hearing from numerous Big Ten programs including Michigan State. spoke with Branch last night and has the latest on his recruitment.

Branch just finished up what would best be described as a disappointing season at C-A. The team went 2-7, but Branch did see some positives

We have a lot of guys that will be coming back next year he said. Plus we have had three coaches the last three years and I am sure that has not helped. The Coach next year is coming back so I think we will improve."

Despite the teams record, Branch still was recognized for his play on the defensive line. Branch was named All-Conference for his efforts by averaging around 10 tackles per contest.

As far recruiting goes, Branch indicated that he is hearing from a lot of team. Schools such as Michigan State, Michigan, Louisville, Northwestern Stanford and Oregon have all been in frequent contact. Branch has also been able to check out several games in person.

"I have been to games at Michigan and Michigan State, Branch said. In fact, I have been to most of the state games. I really like Coach Barnett and I think Coach Dantonio is doing a great job."

Coach Barnett serves as the primary recruiter of Branch for the Spartans.

Branch was in East Lansing this past weekend and was able to spend some time in the Spartan locker room after the big victory. He talked about his feelings about Michigan State.

"I grew up a UM fan, but I really like what is going on at Michigan State. Coach Dantonio has changed things around and the program is on the rise. Otis Wiley is also a good friend of my family and he has introduced me to guys like Justin Kershaw, Javon (Ringer) and Antonio (Jeremiah). They are all good guys.

It has been mistakenly reported that Branch is the younger broth of former UM defensive tackle Alan Branch, due to sharing the same last name and having a brother attend UM. Branch's brother is actually former C-A standout Quintin Patilla. Patilla signed as a linebacker at Michigan, but has since transferred to Grand Valley State.

As far as scholarship offers, Branch is waiting for teams to see his junior film. Branch did not camp at Michigan State last summer, so the Spartan staff is looking forward to seeing him in person as much as possible over the coming months.

"I was in the locker room after the game and the coaches came up to me and said they saw me play against Coach Treadwell's son. They said they liked what they saw and are very interested in me.

This past spring Branch attended a national underclassmen combine and was selected the best defensive line prospect and was the strongest defensive lineman in attendance. Branch has bench-pressed over 300-pounds and has a squat approaching 500-pounds.

In addition to football, Branch also plays for the basketball and track teams at C-A. Last spring as a sophomore he was Big 9 Champ in the discus and finished 9th in the stats. He has a personal best of 157'9. will be sure to follow-up with branch over the coming months. You can be sure he will be one of the prospects the Spartans have in attendance at their junior day functions later this winter.

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