Eastpointe four-star receiver Tay'Shawn Trent picks Michigan
Eastpointe four-star receiver Tay’Shawn Trent announced Wednesday afternoon that he will be playing his college football at Michigan.
Trent used his size (6-foot-4, 205 pounds) and speed to have an outstanding junior season, grabbing 32 passes for 548 yards and 11 touchdowns to help Eastpointe reach the Division 3 district final, leading head coach Al Demps to say: “Tay’shawn is a four-star wide receiver that lived up to the billing. Teams double- and triple-teamed him, and he still found a way to make plays.”
Trent is the No. 40 receiver in the country, according to the 247Sports composite, and the No. 7 overall prospect in the state. He's ranked No. 281 nationally, according to the composite.
Trent, who will be among The News top 10 players for the 2022 class, had 15 offers, including national powers in Cincinnati and Indiana, along with Michigan State, Penn State, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Kentucky and Louisville.
Trent said former West Bloomfield coach Ron Bellamy's hire at Michigan helped solidify his decision.
"I knew I was going to Michigan in January, the relationship really spiked up when Coach Bellamy got there and things just skyrocketed from there," Trent said. "I always knew of him, that he played at Michigan, really got to know him when I got cool with Dillon (West Bloomfield defensive back/running back Tatum), and out of nowhere he came right at me (when Bellamy got an assistant job in late January) and things just felt right."
Bellamy, who played receiver at Michigan under Lloyd Carr from 1999-2002, guided West Bloomfield to the Division 1 state championship in late January.
Trent has great leaping ability (36-inch vertical), good speed (4.59 seconds, 40-yard dash) and feels his strength is his route running ability.
"My strength is my ability to get open, just know how to run routes against certain defenders and defenses and how they run their defense," Trent said. "I'm going to work on my speed this season, also running my routes sharper