May 22, 2009
Branch prepares for big summer
One of the players that is getting plenty of interest this spring is defensive tackle prospect Tremondae Branch of Flint Carman Ainsworth High School. SpartanMag.com caught up with the 6-foot-1, 270-pound prospect last night and he gave us the latest news on his recruitment.
Branch has seen a steady stream of coaches' stop into his high school the past few weeks. SpartanMag.com asked him what schools in particular have been in school.
"Michigan State, Michigan and Wisconsin have all been by school. Pretty much every Big Ten school has stopped by except Ohio State. All of the MAC schools have been by as well. A few other schools like Arkansas and Wyoming have also been in."
What have schools said about scholarship offers?
"Pretty much everyone is saying the same thing; they all want me to come to camp. So I am just going to go to camps and do my thing. I know I will be going to Michigan State, Central Michigan, Western Michigan and Arkansas. I may go to a few others, but I am not sure yet."
Branch is not the tallest defensive tackle prospect, but he very good and getting leverage and he is extremely powerful. He informed Spartsnmag.com that in addition to a 315-pound bench press he also has a squat of over 600-pounds.
Branch totaled 72 tackles and 8 sacks in his junior season from his defensive tackle spot. That was good enough for him to be named All-Conference. His powerful build and ability to attract double-teams has most teams looking at his as the nose guard position in college.
"Most teams are saying they want me to play the 1-technique, which is fine with me. I wouldn't mind playing some 3-technique as well. I can do both if the team needs it."
In addition to football, Branch also plays basketball and track and field for Carman-Ainsworth. This spring he is having an outstanding season throwing the shot and discus for the Cavaliers.
Branch hopes to help his team defends their state championship in track and field next weekend. Branch has thrown the discus an impressive 166-feet this season and his shot put of 52'10 inches at the regional meet also places him as one of the top qualifiers in the state.
Stay tuned to SpartanMag.com for news this summer as Branch makes the rounds and possibly becomes a plan "A" recruit for several teams.
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