The Michigan Camp ended at noon today (Thurs.), with the morning being pretty much just a wrap-up.
Late this afternoon I called safety Jamar Adams (2003 U-M Camper, 2001 U-M Camper, V-Tech Nike stats: 6-2 1/2, 193 lbs., 4.13 sec. shuttle, 33.2 inch vertical jump … 3.2 GPA/940 SAT) from Matthews, N.C., Butler. Jamar had a lot to say to me about how things went for him.
How was your Michigan Camp experience?
"It was good, real good. I was there the whole week and I had a lot of fun. I like Coach English -- he's going to coach you to be the best. I learned so much this week from him."
"In the seven-on-sevens I worked out at safety. In the one-on-ones I played cornerback."
"And then yesterday I moved to receiver. I learned a lot from Coach Campbell too, about release techniques as a receiver. I play wide receiver on my high school team as well as defensive back."
"I also talked to Coach Carr several times. I talked to him on the first day. And then I also talked with him three other times I think. He confirmed my scholarship offer. And he talked about the football team and the coaching staff. And about Michigan as a school. "
"That's one thing -- I learned a lot more about the school itself. I knew about the football program, but I didn't really know Michigan was such a good academic school. I was asking other campers in the dorm about Michigan. One guy said, 'No ...Michigan is too hard, I'd fail.' That made me want to find out more, and I did. I was impressed. Michigan is a REAL real good academic school."
Did you get to know some of the Michigan players?
"Oh yes. Marlin Jackson, and most of the other defensive backs. And Braylon Edwards, and John Navarre. And several offensive linemen. They are a TEAM up there. All their talk is team-oriented. They work so hard, and there is a sense that it's not for themselves, but for a National Championship for the team. I have teammates who have been to camps at places where the players are self-oriented."
Was your coach at the camp too?
"Yes. My head coach coaches at the Michigan Camp every year. That's why I was at the camp two years ago too. We came up together -- we're driving home right now."
What's next? Are you going to any other camps?
"I'm not sure about other camps. Virginia really wants me to come to theirs -- their head coach sent me a letter inviting me. But I'm not sure now if I'm going."
Do you have a list of favorites?
"If I had to pick right now, it'd be Michigan ... then the schools in Florida. But it's mainly Michigan."
Do you have a decision timetable?
"I'm not sure. I've wanted to take some official visits. But I'm not sure right now. I want to get home and talk to my mom ... I really like Michigan. So I'm not sure -- but I really do like Michigan."
For GBW's eariler (late May) interview with Adams, including talk about his Virginia Tech Nike performance, click here:
Late May GBW Interview with Adams
N.C. DB Jamar Adams' Camp Experience
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