BEAVERTON, Ore. - Danny O'Brien is not ready to finalize his top six yet but the Flint (Mich.) Powers Catholic defensive tackle said Wednesday at The Opening that two teams are for sure going to make the cut.
Michigan and Tennessee are in good shape with O'Brien, a 6-foot-2, 293-pound four-star prospect who's rated No. 17 at his position and No. 222 in the 2012 class by Rivals.com.
"Michigan and Tennessee have been there from the beginning," O'Brien said.
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"They were the first two schools to recruit me and then the first two schools to offer me."
Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Pittsburgh and Vanderbilt have also offered O'Brien, who said he's built solid relationships with coaches on both the Michigan and Tennessee staffs and that's one reason why those two teams are definitely on his list.
O'Brien could have his top six finalized sometime this week. If not, he said it should be ready by the end of July.
"Even though the coaching staff at Michigan wasn't the same I've developed a pretty good relationship with some coaches on that staff including coach (Greg) Mattison and coach (Jerry) Montgomery and they're pulling a really good recruiting class right now so that definitely sticks out in my mind.
"(Tennessee was) the first school to offer me and I've built a great relationship with some of their coaches. They've been along for the ride the whole time."
O'Brien's preliminary plan is to name a top six, narrow it down to five, take all of his visits and then make his commitment at the end of his senior season.