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2020 Four-Star RB Michael Drennen II Looking To Get Back To Notre Dame

April 2, 2019
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Notre Dame is looking to land two running backs in the 2020 recruiting class now that new running backs coach Lance Taylor is off and running.

2020 Dublin Coffman (Ohio) running back Michael Drennen II‍ visited Notre Dame just before Taylor was hired and thoroughly enjoyed his visit to South Bend.  

“I talk to Coach (Brian) Kelly,” Drennen said. “I love Notre Dame. The whole background, I like it. There’s a foundation about it and my parents love it.

“I like the religious foundation. Touchdown Jesus is super dope and the gold helmets are clean. I love how the people are real and very genuine.” 

The four-star prospect plans to get back to Notre Dame soon to check in with Taylor and the rest of the Notre Dame staff. 

“I need to reach out to him,” Drennen said of Taylor. “My dad was talking about it. He wasn’t there yet when I was there.

“I’ll be back down there soon. I’m going to try to get back down there for the spring game for an unofficial visit.” 

Kelly also impressed the Dublin Coffman star as Drennen was able to see a different side of the Notre Dame head coach in person.

“I feel like a lot of people are misled,” explained Drennen. “He’s a real cool dude. He’s down to earth and keeps it real with you.” 

Many schools across the country have heavily recruited Drennen, but he received two big offers from Alabama and Florida in the past week. The offers have caused him to shake up his recruitment a little bit as the chance to play in the SEC holds some weight.

“Alabama – that’s pretty much the No. 1 team in the nation,” Drennen stated. “They win it every other year. It’s a big impact. Alabama and Florida kind of forced their way into my top 10 or top 15.” 

The Ohio native was in Tuscaloosa a week ago and noticed several differences at Alabama compared to some of the programs in the Midwest he’s visited. 

“I went to Georgia last summer and Alabama on Tuesday,” Drennen said. “They are ten times different from what they show. They show off all the facilities.”

As for his recruitment, Drennen is taking it slow and will likely come out with a top group in the next month. 

“I’ll probably release a list at the end of spring or the beginning of the summer.” 

 
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