Tristan Bounds won’t arrive on Michigan’s campus and join the Wolverines’ roster until the 2021 season, but he’s got his eyes on some pretty big prizes when he gets to Ann Arbor. Beating Ohio State and winning national championships are at the top of the list.
Bounds, a three-star offensive lineman out of Connecticut, recently joined EJ Holland of The Wolverine Podcast to discuss his commitment and goals when he arrives in Ann Arbor. The 2021 prospect did not mince any words.
“After I take a couple days to take it in and realize what I really just did, and that’s commit to one of the best universities in the country, as well as a football powerhouse, I’m definitely going to get on the recruiting trail hard,” Bounds said, per Eleven Warriors. “I’ve been pretty adamant about this. I don’t want to lose any games. I want to win national championships. I want to kick the shit out of Ohio State. Those are my goals. The best class that we can get is going to help us do that.”
Bounds is a 6-foot-8, 285-pound offensive lineman who is one of 17 players currently committed to Michigan’s 2021 class. He is ranked as the No. 56 offensive tackle and No. 663 overall prospect of the cycle.
Michigan has found plenty of success on the recruiting trail in 2021. Currently, the Wolverines rank sixth nationally and second in the B1G. Jim Harbaugh has landed pledges from one five-star prospect and seven four-star players.
Ohio State is working on an historic recruiting class. The Buckeyes already have verbal pledges from 19 prospects, 11 of which are ranked inside the top 100. Only four commits have a three-star rating or lower — giving OSU the top-ranked class in the nation right now.
Michigan has been in a long drought against Ohio State. The Wolverines haven’t defeated the Buckeyes since the 2011 season, dropping the last eight contests. Ohio State has won 15 of the last 16 meetings and all but three games since the 2000 season.