Big-Time 4-Star OH RB considering West-Coast visit

February 28, 2019

Over the past 10 plus years we’ve met several high school running backs who’ve mentioned Reggie Bush being their favorite player. That wasn’t surprising considering what Bush accomplished in the field while at USC, but it’s somewhat surprising we’re still getting feedback like that 13 years after he left for the NFL in 2006. On top of that, Bush retired from football two years ago.

So, when 2020 RB  Michael Drennen II‍ from Columbus (OH) said, “I’ve been following USC since the Reggie Bush days,” it takes you by surprise. Drennen was around four years old when Bush was drafted by the New Orleans Saints.

We first met Drennen in Orlando at then Under Armour Future50 Media Day event, a day featuring many of the the top prospects for 2020. My approach on Jan. 1 was to talk to each player and ask if they had any interest in West Coast schools. A few said no, but most said they had interest in USC and Oregon. Drennen only mentioned USC.

Although Drennen, a 3.6 GPA student, now has offers from Michigan, Ohio St., Notre Dame, LSU, Tennessee, Penn St., Akron, ASU, Boston College, Duke, Cincinnati, Florida St., Georgia, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, Maryland, Michigan St., Northwestern, Purdue, Toledo, Vanderbilt, Virginia and West Virginia, he remains humble and hungry.

He’s from Dublin Coffman HS only 15 minutes from Ohio St., so most figure he’s a lock for the Buckeyes. In the end, those who do may be right, but he’s going to take multiple school visits before making a decision. 

One of the schools he’s hoping to visit during the Spring/Summer is USC.

”I’ve told my dad I really want to visit USC,” said Drennen. “If we do travel out to Los Angeles, we’d like to see UCLA, too.”

As of Thursday, Drennen has been in contact with the Trojans, but hasn’t been offered. He had intentions of possibly visiting USC last Summer, but Deland McCullough, who stopped by Coffman HS two years ago and asked Drennen to camp with the Trojans, departed for the Kanasas City Chiefs after the 2017 season.

The fact McCullough liked what he saw from Drennen as a freshman and began pursuing him, means he’s player. The 30 scholarship offers he’s received shows many of the elite schools in the country believe that. And he’s not done getting offers.

What makes a player like Drennen potentially valuable in a Graham Harrell Offense, is he’s a fast and shifty runner, plus an impressive pass catcher out of the back field.

Drennen told us Thursday evening he’s hoping to get in contact with USC RBs coach Mike Jinks in the near future. He’s spoken to Johnny Nansen and Eric Ziskin, as has his father, but Jinks would be the one offering a scholarship if the Trojans interest is strong enough.


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