SMSB: Day One Offensive Notes

Michigan quarterback commitment Alex Malzone leads a strong showing for several offensive targets on day one at Sound Mind Sound Body.

HARPER WOODS, Mich. -- Michigan quarterback commitment Alex Malzone leads a strong showing for several offensive targets on day one at Sound Mind Sound Body.

Sam Webb, Josh Newkirk and Kyle Bogenschutz contributed to this report.


Alex Malzone – The future Michigan signal caller didn’t disappoint on Thursday. He looked clean and crisp in his passing drills. As usual, he showcased his natural over powering throwing arm. But what really sticks out about Malzone is accuracy and  touch. Most strong arm quarterbacks lack accuracy and he has it. In the one-on-one’s he held his own, too. Although it was a little chaotic on the field and can communication can be tough with your receivers, he still made the proper throws. But overall, a great showing by Malzone.

Malik Henry – The California five-star quarterback proved that he is indeed a big time prospect on Saturday. He can make all the throws. He is extremely accurate. He has nice touch. He has ideal size 6-foot-2, 175-pounds. He moves well in the pocket. He only further showcased why he is Scout’s No. 1 QB in the 2016 class and why everyone wants him as their quarterback.     


Donnie Corley – At 6-foot-1, 170-pounds, Corley is a smooth receiver on the field. He gets in and out of his breaks with ease. He has knack for making some big time catches in the air. He was un-guardable for most of the one-on-one’s. His only negative, is had a few easy drops after he embarrassed his defender. He’ll need to add some weight moving forward, but he has tremendous upside. He might end up being the top 2016 WR in the Great Lakes’ State for his class when it’s all said and done.

Donovan Peoples-Jones – The Cass Tech standout had another solid performance in a camp setting. He can go up and get when needed. He’s not as fluid in the drills as Corley, but you still see the tremendous upside for only being a 2017 prospect. He didn’t play much as freshman last season, but many expect him to have a big sophomore campaign.

Demetric Vance – He might not be as talked about as Peoples-Jones, but he may have had the best performance in the wide receiver group out of anyone. He wasn’t an eye opener in the receiver drills, but pretty much willed his way throughout the one-on-ones. His strong performance was an eye opener. He might have earned himself a scholarship on Thursday.

Jalen Martin – Martin is a big, strong and physical at 6-foot-2, 190-pounds. He also has the ability to go up and get the ball. He is a little stiff in his drills and needs to work on his agility. If he grew a couple more inches, he might end up playing tight end in college.  


Naseir Upshur – TE, Philadelphia (Pa.) Omhotep Charter - 2016

This recently offered tight end is not one of those jumbo line of scrimmage guys like Chris Clark.  He would clearly be one of the guys at their “move” tight end or h-back type spot.  He looked 6-3 and 225- 230 pounds.  Again, he probably won’t be that 250-pounder at the next level, but that’s fine.  He would still be a factor in the run game from the move spot.  That much was clear when watching him overpower DBs charged with stopping him.  When it came to hands and route running he looked like he belonged with the receivers.  He is not a blazer, but he can make a move after the catch. He said he has known Dan Ferrigno (his recruiter and the Michigan coach that offered him) since his freshman year and he is extremely interested.  He also indicated that Freddy Canteen is one of his good friends.  He will visit Michigan today.


Jamie Herr – OT, ECA (Md.) - 2015

Easily the most physical offensive lineman competing Thursday, Herr brought a nastiness and edge to the non-padded drills and 1 on 1 portion of the day. Very strong and able to get his hands engaged quickly on defensive lineman, Herr routinely pushed back the opposition, giving a little extra shove after the whistle that had the coaches very excited. For such a big kid Herr's footwork has improved significantly as well.

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