SMSB Day 1 Notes: Commits, 14-15'ers Shine

The GBW crew once again triple-teamed the event at the Sound Mind Sound Body camp on Wednesday. Here's their detailed analysis of the day's Top Four (incl. one ‘14er), plus Five More of Note (incl. two ‘15ers), and an intriguing side note on recruiting perhaps the Midwest's top 2014'er.

Top Performers

Jourdan Lewis- Proving himself to be one of the premier cover corners in the country in the class of 2013, the Cass Tech product and Michigan commitment showed the Wolverine coaching staff what he could do and was even able to make believers out of the opposition. Lewis competed both ways throughout the drill work and one on one sessions Wednesday at Southfield High School, often doing what he does best: make plays. With the Michigan coaching staff playfully fighting over which side of the ball he'll play in Ann Arbor, Lewis was matched up with several of the camp's top wide receivers/defensive backs. and more times than not was able to come up with a reception, deflection or interception. For the purposes of 7 on 7 and camp settings such as the ones provided by Sound Mind Sound Body, Lewis excels each and every time. They key for Lewis will be whether he can physically match his play this spring/summer when the pads go on in the fall.

David Dawson- He cemented his place as the top lineman of day-1 of the competition. Dawson won the majority of his 1-on1 matchups. He displayed tremendous power and was able to drive his opponents into the turf at will. He is improving on his technique as a pass blocker too. He did get beat a few times on the edge, but he probably will be on the inside in college anyway. Dawson plays with an chip on his shoulder, and is willing to take on all comers. While he says he is firmly committed to Michigan, it easy to see why other big time programs are pursuing his services. The Wolverines got a very good one in Dawson.

Damon Webb- At 5-foot-11, 170-pounds, Webb was fantastic all day. He played mostly at cornerback, and was able to use his size to create matchup problems with receivers. He had a few interceptions, and was rarely beat in the 1-on-1 drills. With his size, he able to break up passes easily. Michigan coach Brady Hoke was paying close attention to him as well. Webb is one of the top talents in the 2014 class, and the Wolverine coaching staff is taking notice. So should the rest of the recruiting world.

Shane Morris- Morris dealt with a little bit of a different dynamic Wednesday when Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges began barking out orders to the 2013 Wolverine commitment and Warren De La Salle senior. Borges, with very limited time to coach the strong-armed lefty, took advantage of every piece of footwork or mechanical issue that may have needed tweaking in Morris' game. Whether it was simple warm-up drills or one on ones, Borges wasn't far behind Morris, hoping to inject some of his knowledge into the future Wolverine which will ultimately make his job easier once Morris arrives in Ann Arbor. With eyes watching closely, Morris continued his strong play throughout the spring/summer sessions, completing numerous throws while also putting the ball on the money even if receivers weren't able to come down with the catch.

Players of Note

Logan Tuley-Tillman (LTT) made the long journey from Peoria, IL., and was in the middle of the action all day. He had his ups and downs, but it is easy to see why the Michigan staff offered the 6-foot-7, 325-pounder. LTT is simply a big boy, and when he puts his mitts into his opponent he can use his size alone to win a match up. However he was beat on the edge by quicker, smaller opponents. That can all be fixed with good coaching and some footwork drills. And once the Maize & Blue coaching staff gets a hold of him, the sky could be the limit.

Csont'e York was a late arrival to the event Wednesday. York was able to participate in the second half of the day's festivities. At 6-foot-2, 180-pounds, York is a very elusive wide receiver. He has a good skill set, and is able to use his body to shed defenders to make a catch. He has an arsenal of moves, and was able to create separation when he wanted to. York's major issue was a case of the drops. He would do everything perfect on the route, but a few times he didn't catch the ball. So he needs to work on his focus, but other than that he had a good day.

Khalid Hill had a productive camp in day one. The third Wolverine to commit in the 2013 class showcased his typical performance. Hill was able to use his size and sure hands to make plays in the 1-on-1 drills. While Hill won't "wow" you with his size or speed, he knows how to pick an open area in the defense. And at 6-foot-3, 235-pounds, he still has enough size to pack a punch after a catch or with a run block. He might not be the headliner in this class, but he will fill his role as a burley tight end that the Michigan staff covets.

Jayru Campbell- During a very important session for the class of 2015 Cass Tech signal caller, Campbell competed very hard with the other quarterbacks in attendance Wednesday. Easy to spot with an ever-growing afro, Campbell is still very raw in the passing game, with developing mechanics that Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges was working to help the young man with. Campbell has a terrific body frame and looks to still be growing, so look for a strong sophomore season out of the Technicians as Campbell works on taking his game to the next level and garners even more attention after leading a senior laden squad to the school's first ever State Championship in 2011.

Michael O'Connor- The Canadian gunslinger popped onto GBW's radar at the IMG 7 on 7 at Avondale High School on Memorial Day weekend, and Wednesday at Sound Mind Sound Body the 2015 quarterback proved his worth. Catching the eye of Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges, O'Connor made all the throws: outs, flags, posts, come-back routes. After receiving plenty of helpful tips from Borges, O'Connor worked on implementing what he was being taught, and the coaching resulted in much quicker drops with his footwork and a faster release. Although just heading into his sophomore season in high school, O'Connor has good but not great arm strength, which is something that will definitely improve as the 6'5, 200 pounder develops physically. As far as right now is concerned, O'Connor is a name to remember, possessing the size and eventually the strength of a pro-style quarterback the Wolverines are looking to find in future classes.

Side Note

When Detroit Loyola 2014 defensive end Malik McDowell and his father walked into Sound Mind Sound Body in the latter part of the afternoon sessions, all the coaching staffs in attendance took note. He soaked up tutelage from the contingent of Michigan coaches in attendance, and later Michigan signees Terry Richardson and James Ross, as well as several of Michigan's commitments for the class of 2013 put in their fair share of plugs for the Maize & Blue. Will it make a difference? Too early to tell at this point, but the persistent Wolverine can't hurt Michigan's stock in the recruitment of possibly the best player in the Midwest in the class of 2014.


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