|Monday summer camp report|
The Michigan summer camp saw its second day of action on Monday, with hundreds of high school football players working to improve their skills and technique. While the day was interrupted by severe weather, which cut the afternoon session somewhat short, there was plenty to see for followers of Michigan recruiting.
The top standout among the quarterback group was Michael O’Conner of Chattanooga (Tenn.) Baylor. Just a rising sophomore, he has all the size and arm strength that he will need to play at the next level. This is his second camp in the Great Lakes State in less than a week, having participated in the Sound Mind Sound Body Camp in Southfield just a few days ago.
Another top performer among the signal callers was Coleman Key of Broken Arrow (Okla.). The most physically impressive of the quarterbacks, he already looks to have the size of a college player. He didn’t show quite the same zip on his ball as O’Conner, but could certainly be one to watch for the future as well.
-QB Michael O’Conner – Chattanooga (Tenn.) Baylor – 2015
-QB Coleman Key – Broken Arrow (Okla.) – 2014
-QB Tanner Sanders – Corvallis (Ore.) Crescent Valley – 2014
Among the wide receivers, 2014 prospect Corey Holmes of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas displayed excellent speed and quickness and could earn a scholarship down the road. Also standing out among the underclassmen was Kendric Mallory Jr. of Trotwood (Ohio) Madison. A rising senior that stood out among the receivers was Da’Mario Jones of Westland (Mich.) John Glenn, who had a strong performance. Rising junior Brandon Colon of Sherman (Texas) reminded us vaguely of Michigan wide receiver Jeremy Jackson at the same age
-WR Corey Holmes - Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas – 2014
-WR Kendric Mallory Jr. – Trotwood (Ohio) Madison – 2014
-WR Brandon Colon – Sherman (Texas) – 2014
-WR Da'Mario Jones – Westland (Mich.) John Glenn – 2013
-WR Jack Wangler – Warren (Mich.) De La Salle – 2013
-WR Derrick Stone – Malden (Mass.) Catholic – 2013
It wasn’t a great day for defensive backs overall, but Caleb Day of Hilliard (Ohio) Darby had a good showing. A rising senior, he has excellent size for the position and was the most adept among the corners at locking up receivers. Jaleel Hytchye of Cincinnati (Ohio) La Salle was another 2013 prospect to perform well from among the group. He displayed very good flexibility and athleticism, but will need to add a lot of weight to his slender frame.
-CB Caleb Day – Hilliard (Ohio) Darby – 2013
-CB Jaleel Hytchye – Cincinnati (Ohio) La Salle -2013
The defensive line group was dominated by underclassmen, and arguably the top performer was Milwaukee (Wisc.) Marquette rising junior Coner Sheehy. He has a good combination of size and athleticism. Other rising juniors that did well included Daniel Cage of Cincinnati (Ohio) Winton Woods, Brady Pallante of Naples (Fla.) Collier and Michael Barwick Jr. of Cincinnati (Ohio) Summit Country Day. Galen Robinson, brother of Michigan basketball signee Glenn Robinson Jr., had a solid showing, but will need to add more muscle to play along the defensive line in college.
For fans of the legacy watch in recruiting, always eager to see the son or relative of a former Wolverine join the squad down the road, OL/DL Jon Runyan Jr. was in attendance at the camp. His father left high school as a scrawny tight end, and while the young rising sophomore may have less to gain at the same stage, he is still pretty small. But then, for a kid that just finished his freshman year, that is what you would expect. Just file the name away for now.
-DE Conor Sheehy – Milwaukee (Wisc.) Marquette – 2014
-DE Daniel Cage – Cincinnati (Ohio) Winton Woods – 2014
-DT Brady Pallante – Naples (Fla.) Collier – 2014
-DE Gelen Robinson – St. John (Ind.) Lake Central – 2014
-DE Michael Barwick Jr. – Cincinnati (Ohio) Summit Country Day – 2014
-OL/DL Dakota Tallman – Elyria (Ohio) Catholic – 2014
-OL/DL Jon Runyan Jr. – Mt. Laurel (N.J.) – 2015
In all likelihood, Michigan is done recruiting offensive linemen for the class of 2013, so from the Maize and Blue perspective, most eyes will automatically shift to the underclassmen at the position. Among that group, the most impressive was Jordan Van Dort of Zeeland (Mich.) West. He wasn’t dominant, but the high school tight end certainly has the size to play on the offensive front at the collegiate level.
-OL Jordan Van Dort – Zeeland (Mich.) West – 2014
-OL Dannie McVay – Lyndhurst (Ohio) Brush Arcs – 2014
-OL Ross Reynolds – Waukee (Iowa) – 2014
-OL Travis Kendle – Williamsport (Md.) – 2015
-OL Grayden Scovil – Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial – 2015
-OL Cameron Myers – Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne – 2013
-OL Nick Chappell – Fenton (Mich.) – 2013
-OL Kevin Sookbir – Matthews (N.C.) Butler – 2013