Bullard Tight End Major Tennison Picks Up Offer From Michigan
Texas just might have some lingering competition for Bullard tight end Major Tennison's services.
Michigan reached out to the 6-foot-4, 220-pound junior Wednesday with a college football scholarship opportunity. It was the offensive standout's first notable recruiting event since committing to the Longhorns 27 days ago.
Tennison announced the news through his personal Twitter account.
Wolverines offers are rare within the East Texas region. Three local senior players hold offers from the program in Mineola twin offensive tackles Austin Anderson and Riley Anderson as well as Nacogdoches safety Brandon Jones, but none seem particularly interested in moving to Ann Arbor, Mich., upon graduation.
That could change.
At the time Michigan attempted to land those three players, there was some coaching uncertainty as the historic program floundered to a 5-7 overall record.
There's a lot of optimism on campus surrounding first-year head coach Jim Harbaugh's arrival.
The coach starred as a Wolverines quarterback in the mid-1980s and parlayed that into a 14-year NFL career. He quickly climbed the coaching ranks and had his first head gig at the University of San Diego three years later.
Harbaugh has a track record of coaching success both in the college game and in the NFL.
He put together a 29-6 record at the University of San Diego between 2004 and 2006 and then rebuilt Stanford into West Coast power between 2007 and 2010, capping his time in Palo Alto, Calif., with an Orange Bowl appearance.
Harbaugh subsequently guided the San Fransisco 49ers to three straight NFC championship games in his first three campaigns, including a 2012 season Super Bowl appearance right in the middle of the run. He resigned after his fourth season, an 8-8 year, to take the Michigan job.
The Wolverines have done very well historically with 11 claimed national championships, 42 conference championships, 78 consensus All-Americans, three Heisman Trophy winners and an almost always sold out 107,601-seat Michigan Stadium.
However, the past three years were disappointments. The season-by-season win total declined from 11 in 2011 to five in 2014. Michigan missed a bowl game last year for only the third time since 1975 last season.
Harbaugh currently owns a 7-2 record. That's already good enough to guarantee a postseason bowl game.
It will be tough for the program to steal Tennison away from Texas though. Former Gilmer head coach and current Texas tight ends and special teams coach Jeff Traylor has played a big role in the Longhorns' 2016 recruiting class.
Tennison, who has 24 catches for 541 yards and seven touchdowns yards, is one of three junior East Texans committed to Texas. The others are Liberty-Eylau defensive end Lagaryonn Carson and John Tyler receiver Damion Miller.
Bullard will begin Class 4A Division II postseason play Friday against Atlanta at Hallsville's Bobcat Stadium.
2017 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers
- Lagaryonn Carson, DE, Liberty-Eylau, 6-5, 261 — committed to Texas; additional offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, North Texas, Oklahoma, SMU, Tennessee, Texas A&M (9)
- Trestan Ebner, WR/S, Henderson, 5-11, 180 – offers from Kansas, SMU (2)
- Montrell Estell, WR/S, Hooks, 6-2, 180 — offers from Kansas, Texas Tech (2)
- Octavius Evans, WR, Center, 6-1, 186 — offers from Louisiana Tech, Texas Tech (2)
- Damion Miller, WR, John Tyler, 6-2, 205 — committed to Texas; additional offers from Houston, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, SMU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech (8)
- Major Tennison, TE, Bullard, 6-4, 220 — committed to Texas; additional offers from Michigan, Oklahoma State, SMU, Texas Tech (5)