|Quick notes from Thursday summer camp|
Michigan wrapped up the summer camp on Thursday, with players continuing to work to improve their skills. While there was not much to see in terms of recruits, there were some interesting changes and a couple of unofficial visitors on hand.
The final day of the Michigan summer camp is typically only for the full-week resident campers, so the recruiting spectacle of the previous few days is no longer in effect. There have been rare instances where a new prospect would show up, like former Notre Dame wide out Michael Floyd did a few years back, but in most cases, it is all the same players that have been there.
While that held true from years past, there was one big change in format that we noticed. In years past, the final day was all about providing fun competitions for the players that had been there all week. The quarterbacks would compete in arm strength and accuracy events. Receivers compete to see who could catch the most balls from the jugs machine. There was a lot of cheering and players having a good time. The winners from each group won an award.
In addition, typically at the end of the second to last day, campers would participate in the Smokehouse races to determine the fastest player at each position through the whole camp.
There were no Smokehouse races yesterday and campers today were just going through typical position specific drills. We have not heard if those types of activities were moved to the evening camp session for resident campers only or if the practices have been done away with entirely. It was just something different from how the camp has run in the past.
Stribling Still Competing
In more than 10 years of attending the Michigan summer camp, Channing Stribling pulled something today that we don't remember seeing before. A rarity at the very least. In the past, the rule of thumb was that if a player earned a scholarship offer at the camp, they were done. Whether they committed or not, it was sort of a “mission accomplished” type of event and the player would either head home or stick around to watch without competing. Not so with Stribling.
The young defensive back pledged to the Wolverines this morning, then went out and kept working to improve his game. He continued to attentively go through drills and was even running full speed demonstrating the wide receiver position for other campers, where many are often inclined to take it easy. In the sweltering 90 degree temperatures he had to endure, it speaks well of the work ethic of the Wolverines’ latest commitment.
Westerville (Ohio) South teammates Marcus Ball and Zachary Murdock were on hand for an unofficial visit on the final morning of camp. Ball is considered an athlete recruit, with the ability to play a number of positions at the next level. Standing in at a legit 6-2, 205 pounds, he had the look of a linebacker in our estimation. He already has scholarship offers from Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Penn State, Michigan State, Iowa, West Virginia, Arizona State, N.C. State and a host of others. The big catch for Michigan is that he is a 2013 prospect and few scholarships remain available in the class.
Murdock is an offensive lineman with offers from Akron and Western Michigan. Like Ball, he is a 2013 prospect.