Tay’shawn Trent, Wolverine

Tay’shawn Trent, Wolverine

March 3, 2021
Eastpoint (MI) East Detroit WR Tay’shawn Trent (image via Freep)

Eastpoint (MI) East Detroit wide receiver Tay’shawn Trent committed to Michigan on Wednesday. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Kentucky, Michigan State, Penn State, and West Virginia, among others.

Trent is listed at 6’4″ and 205 lbs.

ESPN: 4-star, 82 grade, #26 WR, #206 overall
Rivals: 4-star, 5.8 grade, #33 WR
247 Sports: 3-star, 88 grade, #63 WR

Hit the jump for more on Trent’s commitment.

Trent was offered by Michigan in the spring of 2020, but despite Michigan beating Michigan State to the punch, Trent seemed to be leaning toward the Spartans. Then when the Wolverines reshuffled the staff after the season, they started pushing for Trent and convinced him to lean toward the good guys.

Trent has good size. He’s verified at 6’3″, 210 lbs., but some places have him a little taller and a little heavier. He has a thick lower body, which indicates to me that he will continue to get heavier. I really like his body control and ability to snatch the ball away from his body. He shows some wiggle when catching the ball short and setting up routes. His size and ability to block is a plus.

Route running is something that may need to be improved. His highlights are mostly filled with him running fade routes or screens. While he should be a good target over the middle, there’s not much evidence of his being able to run crossing routes, digs, curls, etc. He also gets a little loose with the ball and he will need to be more cautious to prevent the ball from getting stripped after the catch.

Overall, Trent is a pretty good prospect. I think 247 Sports has him underrated as a 3-star. He should be a 4-star prospect, and if used properly, he could be a solid player. I get Junior Hemingway vibes from him even though Hemingway was a little shorter. Hemingway didn’t run away from many people, but he did go up and over some defenders and had some nice runs after the catch.

Trent is the third in-state prospect to commit in 2022, joining defensive tackle Davonte Miles and cornerback Will Johnson. He’s the first wide receiver. Trent would be the first East Detroit product to suit up for the Wolverines since walk-on fullback Deyanco Hardwick in 2015.

TTB Rating: I will not be giving TTB Ratings for 2022 until I wrap up the 2021 class.

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