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2019 tackle Xavier Truss puts Michigan in Top 5, talks relationship with Kwity Paye
The most highly ranked football player from Rhode Island in the 2017 class was Kwity Paye, who is now a Michigan defensive lineman. In the 2019 class, it is Warwick Bishop Hendricken 4-star tackle Xavier Truss, who attends the same school from which Paye graduated.
Truss has a top 5 of Auburn, Michigan, Ohio State, Georgia and Penn State.
“On a football level, Michigan stands out because their need for offensive linemen is very attractive and I’d have the opportunity to start early, which is awesome. Plus, I love the school all around.”
Truss began to develop a relationship with Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown when he visited Paye. Now Truss is working on gaining trust with new offensive line coach Ed Warinner, who coached at Minnesota last season.
“I’ve been talking to Coach Brown the longest,” Truss said. “My relationship with Coach Brown and Coach Warinner is pretty tight.”
Truss has 31 offers, including Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, LSU, Ole Miss, Oregon and USC.
Even though Paye is helping recruit Truss to Ann Arbor, he wants him to realize the best choice is where he feels at home.
“He tells me that it would be awesome to play with me for a few years at Michigan, but at the same time he wants me to go wherever I feel comfortable, so he’s not pressuring me into going to Michigan, which is nice.”
Truss will use all five official visits and sign in December, but he is not sure when he will commit. He cannot enroll early.
“I’d like to get up [to Michigan] another time or two before I take an official visit, just to make sure I am completely familiar with the program and the people,” Truss said.
Michigan currently has four offensive line commits: Akron (Ohio) Archbishop Hoban 4-star guard Nolan Rumler, Loganville (Ga.) Grayson 4-star tackle Trente Jones, Paw Paw (Mich.) tackle Karsen Barnhart and New Canaan (Conn.) 3-star tackle Jack Stewart.
Coach Jim Harbaugh likely will add one or two more 2019 players to help solidify the offensive line for seasons to come.
Other options include Crystal Lake (Ill.) South 4-star tackle Trevor Keegan, Fort Washington (Md.) National Christian Academy 4-star guard Will Harrod and Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller 3-star guard Zach Carpenter.
Nolan Rumler recruiting teammate DeaMonte Trayanum
2019 4-star guard Nolan Rumler committed to play for Michigan on June 29. Since then, he has been actively recruiting his Akron Hoban teammate, 2020 running back and linebacker DeaMonte Trayanum.
“Nolan is pushing me,” Trayanum said. “I know I’ll have his support and the Michigan coaches’ support. I know a lot of players up there, just from connections. I’ve been there two or three times, so I’ve got to talk to everyone.
“Along with having my family, because they are in Ohio, I’ll also have Nolan’s family backing me because they are mostly from Michigan,” Trayanum said.
The 5-foot-11, 215-pound prospect has offers from Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, West Virginia, Boston College, Rutgers and Toledo.
Trayanum plays on both sides of the ball. He said most schools will inform him of where they want him to play toward the end of his high school career.
“Growing up, I was always a running back,” Trayanum said. “I play linebacker because that’s what my team needs, but I’m embracing it because I’m going with it. With colleges, it just depends on what they need.
“[Michigan] sees me as both. They probably won’t give me an answer until senior year.”
The Wolverines offered Trayanum on Jan. 30 and he took an unofficial visit on Feb. 3.
“I like the program,” Trayanum said. “Coach Brown is in love with me and wants me up there instead of staying in-state.”
Trayanum said he is torn between staying in his home state of Ohio, crossing the border to Michigan or going to Notre Dame.
“I know the whole state of Ohio will be behind me,” Trayanum said. “I don’t know what I want yet.
“It’s going to come down to my senior year and how I’m feeling. Honestly, [I’ll commit] probably right after my junior year because I’m trying to enroll early.”
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