Sound Mind Sound Body: Day One 'Sound Bites'

GoBlueWolverine was out in full force for day one of Sound Mind Sound Body Camp at Southfield (Mich.) high school Thursday night. Inside are notes on some recruiting rumblings, standout performances, and Michigan players volunteering their time.

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -- Unlike most unpadded football combines or 7-on-7 competitions, Sound Mind Sound Body’s football camp, held annually at Southfield (Mich.) high school, is a rare opportunity for highly coveted and even under the radar recruits to be evaluated, coached by, and introduced to some of the most powerful coaches college football has to offer in the Midwest.

Coaches from Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Wayne State, and more were roaming the Blue Jays field turf Thursday night, and will throughout Friday and Saturday as hundreds of campers look to standout from the rest.

GoBlueWolverine was on hand for Thursday’s registration, skills challenge, and a special 7-on-7 match-up between Midwest high school football powers, Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech and Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville.

McDowell Not Competing

The future of one of the top players in the state of Michigan in the class of 2014, defensive tackle Malik McDowell, is still up in the air. McDowell made a quick appearance at Sound Mind Sound Body Thursday, telling GoBlueWolverine there is still nothing concrete involving his eventual landing place for his senior season after deciding to transfer from Detroit (Mich.) Loyola.

McDowell says he won’t be competing in Sound Mind Sound Body, still rehabbing an ankle injury suffered this past spring.

Michigan Players Volunteer

Less than two months until the start of fall camp in Ann Arbor, several current Michigan Wolverines took time away from their summer workouts and conditioning to volunteer at Sound Mind Sound Body this weekend.

Junior quarterback Devin Gardner and incoming freshman Shane Morris each ran different groups as camp coaches, working with several quarterbacks as they rotated from station to station.

Morris couldn’t be happier to already be in Ann Arbor, mentioning the increase in his football knowledge base, noticing the glaring difference between preparation in high school to learning the finer points and details of a college offense, not to mention the various formations and blitz packages that will be thrown at him from opposing defenses.

Gardner looks like a natural coach, mixing a nice blend of his personable, friendly personality with a disciplined approach to the details of the game, even in drill work. Gardner could routinely be seen tossing passes with kids five years or younger, undoubtedly giving them the thrill of a lifetime.

Jeremy Gallon also dropped by for some of the action as well.

Cass Tech Takes on Glenville

The proverbial grand finale of the opening night at Sound Mind Sound Body featured two premiere programs from their respective states as Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech took on Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville for some 7-on-7 action, in search of some state-to-state respect.

Both defenses kept the offenses in check in the early going. 2014 defensive backs Marshon Lattimore and Erick Smith stood out for Glenville, batting down a couple of passes each, showing good speed and coverage skills in 1-on-1 scenarios.

Ohio State commitment Damon Webb appeared to be the best player of the bunch, making plays at both cornerback and catching everything thrown his way at wide receiver.

The difference in the game, or glorified scrimmage as it was, was 2015 quarterback Jayru Campbell. Campbell changed the game for the Technicians, hitting on several different deep passes, including two down the left sideline. Campbell’s footwork looked much improved throughout the night and displayed great accuracy against Glenville.

It appeared Cass Tech would have been declared the winner but an official time and score wasn't recorded.

GoBlueWolverine will have plenty of coverage throughout the weekend from Sound Mind Sound Body.

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