For three consecutive cycles, head coach P.J. Fleck has netted the MAC’s top recruiting class and is well on his way to doing so again in 2017. In compiling a talented batch of recruits, Fleck won the commitment from South Carolina-turned-Michigan linebacker Trenton Guthrie, a current prospect from Northville High School.
With offers on the table from schools like Ball State, Central Michigan and Toledo, Guthrie chose the Broncos’ program in April of this year, and according to the 6-foot-2, 204-pound prospect, it was an easy decision to make.
“Man, there’s a lot of energy there,” Guthrie told Today’s U. “You can definitely tell the program is moving upward. Coach Fleck just runs an amazing program and the whole staff as a whole is into it, all the players are into it. The community is behind them and I’m just ready to row the boat with them.”
Rowing the boat has become a popular phrase around Western Michigan thanks to coach Fleck’s enthusiasm, and Guthrie, much like many of the Broncos’ other commits, practically has an oar in hand already.
“There is a lot of energy, and I love playing for a coach who is extremely energetic,” Guthrie said. “And the program is also extremely energetic.”
Since the season is in full swing with Western Michigan taking down Northwestern in week one, Guthrie has already contemplated when he would be taking his official visit to Kalamazoo, a trip that should provide a good look into what his collegiate life in the Broncos’ program would look like.
“I was thinking possibly for the NIU game this season or maybe for Toledo,” Guthrie said. “I think [the commits] are all going to try to plan it around the same week, so we will see what happens.”
After the conclusion of his senior season at Northville, Guthrie will have a quick turnaround in experiencing life at a Division-I program since he plans to enroll at Western Michigan early. Once on campus, Guthrie already has an idea of what his role on the Broncos’ defense will resemble.
“They are thinking strongside linebacker or weakside inside linebacker,” Guthrie said. “I love both positions. I started playing strongside outside when I moved up here from South Carolina my sophomore year, but ever since second grade I have always played inside linebacker and I played in a 4-3 my first year in high school and I loved playing, that’s when I played inside ‘backer. Then I came up here we ran a 3-4 and I was outside and I love outside, so whatever they feel like playing me at and whatever I excel at the most will be a good position for me.”
Guthrie is playing outside linebacker this season, and so far he feels as if he has acquitted himself in a positive fashion on the field.
“I feel like I’ve done pretty well,” Guthrie said. “The whole team defense has done really well, actually. Especially in the second half, we rebounded and we are really a 4th-quarter defense, I feel like.”
Over the offseason, Guthrie worked the hardest on improving his pass rush, and the Western Michigan commit says that trait should be on display this week when Northville plays Walled Lake Western.