Michigan Camp Risers – Volume 1

After the first full day of Michigan's summer camp, we take a look at five youngsters that have improved their stock considerably. Will any of them earn offers?

Listed alphabetically

Corey Holmes, WR, Ft. Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas, 2014 – The most consistent of all the receivers on Monday, this talented youngster glided by defensive backs all day.  Great release moves, nice burst out of his breaks, excellent hands, and really good speed.  When he caught the ball in the open field, it was curtains if it came down to a footrace to the endzone.  The chances of this Sunshine State standout receiving an offer have likely gone way up.

Damario Jones, WR, Westland (MI) John Glenn, 2013  – This in-state product has come a long way in the past year.  Only Holmes could match him in the speed department.  Jones blew by corners with ease, and at 6-2, 185-lbs., is big and physical.  Had more passes been on the money he would have had a lot more to show for his efforts.  Overall, Holmes bested him the route running department, has a little better hands, and is more technically sound at this point… but Jones proved that while raw, he has a great deal of potential.  He is a sure-fire upper-level Big Ten prospect.

Michael O'Connor, QB, Chattanooga (TN) Baylor, 2015 - Over a two-day period this young Canadian signal caller gets the nod as the top performer.  Though doesn’t possess a canon for an arm, he throws the ball with impressive zip, timing, and exhibits impressive accuracy.  He did seem to lose some steam later on day two, thus adversely affecting the aforementioned zip and accuracy.  That was likely a byproduct of non-stop camp participation since Sound Mind Sound Body last Wednesday.  That said, by Monday evening he had already proven that he has the goods.  He is 6-5, has a good, accurate arm… decent mobility, and good mechanics.  It’s still very early in his recruitment, so a Michigan offer may not be in his immediate future, but he is definitely one the Maize & Blue will be keeping an eye on.

Conor Sheehy, DE, Milwaukee (WI) Marquette, 2014 – This Dairy State prospect put on a pass-rushing clinic in the morning session.  He has excellent get-off and was seemingly across the offensive tackle’s face before the kick-step.  For good measure, after blowing by one equal-sized but over-matched opponent, Sheehy executed a bull-rush that sent his opponent tumbling to the ground. 

Channing Stribling, CB, Matthews (NC) Butler, 2013  – How this kid is such a relatively obscure prospect while playing for  such a powerhouse program is a mystery.  Standing 6-2 and maybe 165-pounds, this Tar Heel State product is extremely fluid (despite his length), and possesses quickness that belies his size.  Though not a blazer, he has good football speed.  Furthermore, he has really good leaping ability and ball schools.  Some schools might be scared away by his slender frame and lack of elite top end speed. Others, meanwhile, might see pure potential… a youngster that could become more explosive once he adds more muscle to his slender frame.  Every year there are sleepers that hover under the radar before emerging later as viable options.  If Stribling’s camp performance thus far is a sign of things to come, he could wind up being one of said sleepers.

Honorable Mention

Coleman Key, QB,  Broken Arrow (OK), 2014 – 6-3 with the strongest arm of all the quarterbacks slinging it. Nice touch, but O’Connor was more accurate (until the Canadian youngster tired later in the day).

Brady Pallante, DL, Naples (FL) Barron Collier, 2014 - 6-1, 250 – Undersized noseguard that plays with GREAT leverage and explosion.  Plus he has a motor that won’t quit.  Rob Renes-like, but how much bigger will he get?


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