Trieu: Michigan's 'cool culture' impresses OT target Andrew Gentry
Michigan does not have many remaining needs in their 2020 recruiting class, but one target still on the board is Littleton (Colo.) Columbine offensive tackle Andrew Gentry, who the Wolverines are battling schools in the West for.
Gentry would be a tremendous addition, as he has a combination of size (6-8, 310 pounds) and skills that has made him the No. 6 offensive tackle prospect in the country per the 247Sports Composite, which averages rankings across the recruiting industry.
247Sports analyst Blair Angulo compares him to former Michigan tackle Michael Schofield, who is now with the Los Angeles Chargers.
“He is impressively agile for his size,” Angulo said. “He finishes his blocks well. He is a potential multi-year starter at the Power Five level.”
Gentry took an official visit to Michigan in June. He is targeting a return to campus for the Wolverines’ Oct. 26 tilt with Notre Dame.
“I definitely want to experience a game in the Big House. I think on this visit, I just want to experience the game-day atmosphere,” he said.
The official visit allowed Gentry to experience everything else he needed to see from Michigan, leaving a game day as the only missing puzzle piece.
“One of the biggest things that stood out to me was how invested everyone is into the football program," he said. "They're putting in a lot of effort into that program, they're almost done with renovations to the new facility, and they've got more coaches along the offensive line than I've seen anywhere else. There is a cool culture at Michigan, and I had been there unofficially before, so it was cool to be back and see how much the players love it there. I know that program is headed in the right direction.”
BYU is considered the team to beat. He has taken an official visit with the Cougars, as well as Virginia and Notre Dame. Stanford is another contender in the race, and a recent offer from LSU has also caught Gentry’s attention.
His brother JT Gentry plays at BYU.
"Mission is definitely something that I'll be taking," Gentry told 247Sports’ Billy Embody. "A lot of people are saying BYU because that I'm LDS (Latter-day Saints) and I do have a brother at BYU as well, but I've always been one of those people that said I'm going to do whatever feels right for me. I'm going to do whatever feels best for me. If it's BYU, it's BYU, but if it's not then it was not meant to be at the end of the day. All these schools have supported missions, so that's great as well. I'm just going to see where it takes me."
Gentry said academics, tradition and a strong football program are all elements of his decision.
At this time, he does not have a decision date. He plans to sign during December’s early signing period.
In-state LB to visit for opener
Belleville junior linebacker Jamari Buddin plans to visit Michigan for their home opener against Middle Tennessee State on Aug. 31.
Buddin (6-2, 200 pounds) has an offer from Michigan, which he earned in June and the Wolverines are believed to be one of the teams to beat if not the team to beat.
Florida State, Michigan State and Penn State are among his other scholarship offers.
UM QB commit set for showdown
High school football starts this week in several states and Michigan quarterback commit J.D. Johnson will be opening his senior season with Phoenix (Ariz.) Pinnacle in a tough test against Gilbert (Ariz.) Perry on Friday night.
The matchup will pit Johnson against another Power Five quarterback commit, as Perry senior Chubba Purdy is committed to Louisville.
Pinnacle defeated Perry, 59-33, a year ago.
Allen Trieu covers Midwest football recruiting for 247Sports. He has been featured on the Big Ten Network on its annual Signing Day Show. His Michigan and Michigan State recruiting columns appear weekly at detroitnews.com.