For a while now it's been a two team battle for J.T. Floyd and he confirmed that and more news for us recently. "Yes sir its pretty much down to Tennessee and Michigan. Georgia Tech just offered me last Monday so I'm going to head down there this weekend for a visit. The new defensive coordinator was the guy who offered me and recruited me to South Carolina during my sophomore year."
We asked him about the appeal of both of the programs he's got at the top of his list currently and he said, "With Tennessee, I mean its the University of Tennesssee. They just had a great season last year and went to the SEC championship game this year." For the Wolverines he had this to say, "I love the tradition and history of Michigan football. One of my favorite players of all-time, Charles Woodson, went to Michigan. Also they traditionally put skill players at wide reciever and defensive backs into the league."
With some changes recently in Ann Arbor we asked if that would have any effect on his thoughts about the Wolverines. Especially the loss of defensive coordinator Ron English who left for the same position at Louisville. "I wouldn't say it's gonna have a major impact but I would say it impacted me some because me and Coach English became real close and I really like his coaching style." There's also a new head coach at UM as well in Rich Rodriguez. Floyd talked about his interaction with the new Wolverine leader.
"Yes sir I have talked to Coach Rodriguez. He told me that he watched my film and that he wanted me just as bad or more than the previous staff. He told me that after watching my film I could come to Michigan and play on the offensive side of the ball if I wanted to so he talked a lot about the type of offense that he is going to install."
We prodded and asked if there was a lean for him either way currently and he responded, "It's pretty much dead even at this point. It will come down to how I feel about them after my offical visits. I go to Michigan on January 18th and Tennessee on January 25th."
Floyd has enjoyed a remarkable career for the J.L. Mann Patriots and we asked him to reflect on some of his most memorable moments. "The huge rivalry games against Greenivlle High and winning the first playoff game in my high school career aginst BHP last year when I had the game winning interception."
The epitome of a team player and tremendous leader Floyd wants to be remembered by Patriot fans and high school football fans who had the opportunity to see him play like this, "I want the fans to remember me as a very hard worker and that I gave 100 pecent every game from the beginning of my career to the very last game. I want them to remember me and a team first guy who loves to compete at the highest level each and every time I step on the football field."
With that said its easy to see why Floyd gathered so many major scholarship offers in such a short time. His dedication to the game of football runs true as he's currently continuing to put in long hours in the weight room. There he's worked extensively on explosive type lifts to give him that needed edge that he's shown throughout his career. Floyd is also a member of the track team which he says will help his conditioning and gives him a chance to work on his top end speed.
Upon his return from Tennessee on January 25th he says he'll make his final decision. SCPrepNation.com will be the first to let you know just where J.T. Floyd will take his talents to next season when he makes that decision.