Tuesday summer camp report

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Taking a look at the second full day of the Michigan summer camp, several new prospects showed up, including quarterback commitment Shane Morris. But the story of the day was rising juniors, with a number of standouts earning scholarship offers with strong performances.

Quarterbacks

Michigan quarterback commitment Shane Morris Warren (Mich.) De La Salle threw in both the morning and afternoon sessions, showing off excellent arm strength. On a number of occasions he reminded receivers to get their heads around quickly, by drilling the ball into them before they were ready. He also throws a very nice deep ball. His accuracy did suffer at times when he threw at full velocity, but it was not entirely a consistent occurrence. That is, at times he looked great drilling it in and at times observers wondered if he was forcing things. That is not meant to take anything away from Morris’ performance. He’s every bit the signal caller that the rankings would lead one to believe and at this point we are just nitpicking.

altSturgis (Mich.) signal caller Chance Stewart, a 2014 prospect, returned to the Michigan summer camp. One of the standouts a year ago, he has added some bulk to his frame, but still has plenty of room to add more. The added strength showed, however, as he was throwing the ball with greater velocity than we remember seeing last year.  Overall, he had a very strong performance, and stands a good chance at earning a scholarship from the Wolverines.

Beverly Hills (Mich.) Detroit Country Day quarterback Tyler Weigers is another 2014 prospect to keep an eye on. While he did not perform on the level of Morris and Stewart, the young signal caller displayed solid arm strength and accuracy. He is actually more physically developed than the other two at the same stage.

Another prospect we found intriguing was rising sophomore Josh Kirshenbaum of Peoria (Ill.) Manual. He has good size and looked solid throwing the ball, but also stood out as one of the smoother looking athletes of the group during drills.

Running Backs

Damien Harris of Berea (Ky.) Madison Southern was easy to spot among the running back group. Standing in at around 5-10, 200 pounds, the young rising sophomore already has the build of an upperclassman. He showed off plenty of speed and skill to go with that. While it seems incredibly early to offer a 2015 prospects, it shouldn’t be a huge surprise that the Wolverines pulled the trigger to do just that. He really was that impressive.

Chelsea (Mich.) rising senior Berkley Edwards also had a strong day. He’s built low to the ground and possesses and excellent burst of acceleration. He showed better hands today than we saw from him at the Sound Mind Sound Body Camp last week, and still hopes to earn a scholarship offer from the Wolverines.

Tight End

Michigan commitment Khalid Hill of Detroit (Mich.) Crockett did not participate in the morning session, but took some reps in the afternoon.

One tight end that looked solid in the morning individual work was Greg Krusniak of Greenville, Mich. We noticed him yesterday, mainly because of his height, but he showed this morning that he has the ability to run and track down the ball in the air as well. He is a 2013 prospect that could get some looks from other colleges.

Wide Receivers

altRising junior Drake Harris of Grand Rapids (Mich.) Christian entered the camp with basketball scholarship offers from Michigan State and Indiana. He left the camp with a football scholarship offer from the Wolverines. Standing in at 6-3, 180 pounds, he showed very good speed and athletic skill for his height. He was able to get open and track down several deep throws, but also showed the skill to go up and snag jump balls.

Corey Holmes of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas continued to display excellent speed, quickness and athleticism as he did yesterday, but his performance late in the morning session was marred by dropped passes. He definitely has all of the athletic ability needed to earn a scholarship offer from the Wolverines, but he needs to become more consistent with his hands.

One prospect who we thought performed well yesterday, and in the morning session today, was Amani Bass of Jackson (Mich.) Lumen Christi. He is a quarterback for his high school team, but worked out at receiver during the camp. He has a very solid build and enough athleticism to play at the collegiate level, but as a 2013 prospect, that’s not likely to happen at Michigan unless he walks on.

Another 2013 prospect, Marcus Smith of Muskegon (Mich.) is a smaller quicker receiver, who also made some nice players on Tuesday.

Defensive Backs

One of the big stories on the day at defensive backs was the performance of Aregeros Turner of Akron (Ohio) Copley. Turner was actually a player that we noticed several times at the Sound Mind Sound Body Camp last week, but were never able to properly identify him at the time. Standing in around 5-10, 180 pounds, he had a strong showing at cornerback, playing very physically, but at the same time demonstrating the speed and athleticism to compete against top athletes.

The down side with Turner from the Michigan perspective is that he’s a 2013 prospect and scholarships are very scarce. The upside is that he is very versatile. He has earned scholarship offers from schools such as Illinois and Tennessee for his skills as a running back. While he doesn’t have ideal height for safety, he’s no shorter than Thomas Gordon, for example, albeit at much lighter weight. It’s not outside the realm of possibility that Turner could be offered as an athlete if the Michigan coaches feel they have enough scholarships to give.

Another rising senior to do very well among the defensive backs was Channing Stribling of Matthews (N.C.) Butler. He is more of a long and lanky athlete with excellent height and reach, but he will need to add weight to play at the next level. Nevertheless, he showed excellent athleticism and was able to hang with the best receivers there. Like Turner, he is running into Michigan’s numbers crunch on scholarships, fighting for a spot at may or may not open up.

Among the underclassmen in attendance, 2014 prospect Monte Nicholson of Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway has excellent size at 6-2, 200 pounds, and put on an impressive display, especially in the morning seven-on-seven. He already has a scholarship offer from Penn State and we would not be surprised to see Michigan follow that lead.

A 2015 prospect to keep an eye on, Tyree Kinnel of Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne also had a solid showing. For just a rising sophomore, he has plenty of size and athleticism, which will make him one to watch down the road.

Other noteworthy defensive backs in attendance included rising seniors Derrick Burgess of Cleveland (Ohio) Central Catholic, Tyree Waller of Ypsilanti (Mich.) Lincoln and Jerome Lane of Akron (Ohio) Firestone . Lane was the most physically impressive of that group, and carries as scholarship offer from Washington, but may be seen as a safety/linebacker tweener. And as noted, he is a 2013 prospect, so not likely an option for the Wolverines.

Linebacker

altToday was a much stronger day for linebacker prospects than on Monday, with a quartet of noteworthy rising juniors in attendance. Arguably top two were Dorian Hendrix of Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne and Joe Henderson of Shaker Heights (Ohio). Hendrix has a very solid build to him and stood out in individual work outs in the morning. He looked a little hobbled in the afternoon, but continued to participate. Henderson is a taller skinnier prospect, but he has more room to add weight and showed off plenty of speed and athleticism to earn a scholarship offer at the camp.

Another pair of 2014 youngsters to watch were Jalen Dingle of East Point (Mich.) South Lake and Greer Martini of Woodberry Forest, Va. Like Henderson, they are taller and will need to add weight. They didn’t impress as much as Henderson did, but could still be prospects to watch for down the road.

Linemen

The great majority of the work by both offensive and defensive linemen was done on the baseball field, instead of on Elbel. At the camp, the baseball field is generally reserved for more conditioning related activities, instead of position specific work. As a result, it was difficult to glean much information out of watching either position.

Noteworthy participants spotted among the linemen included Michigan commitment Logan Tuley-Tillman, who only worked out in the morning, Connor Hayes of Traverse City (Mich.) West and Tommy Doles from Grand Rapids (Mich.) Christian. The latter two are 2014 prospects hoping to earn offers.

Other Notes

Michigan commitment Mike McCray was still on hand and he was joined by fellow Class of 2013 member Wyatt Shallman. In addition, 2012 running back signee Dennis Norfleet was also in Ann Arbor to watch the camp.

Departed Michigan senior Will Heininger was on hand to deliver an inspirational talk to the entire camp prior to the start of the afternoon session. He discussed his own path to playing time and encouraged the camper to take advantage of opportunities that presented themselves.

In more than 10 years of covering the Michigan summer camp, we don’t ever remember seeing so many current team members hanging around, watching or helping out. Between Monday and Tuesday, we have so far spotted Denard Robinson, Devin Gardner, Fitzgerald Toussaint, Roy Roundtree, Jeremy Gallon, Jerald Robinson, Ricardo Miller, Brandon Moore, Patrick Omameh, Elliott Mealer, Ondre Pipkins, Will Campbell, Jibreel Black, Joe Bolden, Kaleb Ringer, Frank Clark, Kenny Demens, Jordan Kovacs and Floyd Simmons. That is nearly a quarter of the team.

 

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