SMSB Day 1 Recap – Part 1

In part one of GoBlueWolverine's two-part recap of day one of the Sound Mind Sound Body Academy we look back at the strong performances turned in by six Michigan targets. 2014 LB Drue Tranquill emerged as a new Maize & Blue target, while 2015 athletes Jashon Cornell, Eric Glover-Williams, and Stanley Norman showed why they have been for quite some time.

Jashon Cornell – DE, St. Paul (MN) Cretin Derham Hall, 2015 - The Cretin Durham star turned in a typically strong performance.  He bested most of his opponents in 1-on-1s with his superior off-snap quickness.  He also showed an increased arsenal of pass rush moves.  The only limitation was strength.  When some of the bigger stronger linemen were able to get their hands on him, Cornell had a difficult time disengaging.  It’s nothing that more time in the weight room over the next few years won’t solve.

Eric Glover-Williams – WR/CB, Canton (OH) McKinley, 2015 - There was a great deal of buzz about this Buckeye State star heading into the camp and it’s easy to see why.  Quickness and burst allowed him to stay in the hip pockets of those he covered.  He flips his hips extremely well. On offense he is sure handed and tough to corral in space. The only thing he doesn’t have is prototypical height.  It didn’t seem to bother him too much on day one though.  One didn’t even have to watch him to know he was one of the camps top performers.  Coaches from every school seemed to be chatting him up all day.  This lifelong Buckeye fan already has double-digit offers, but he is approaching his recruitment with an open mind and wants to see what else comes his way.  Michigan is among the schools showing strong interest and Glover-Williams indicated that he plans to visit this summer.

David Moorman – OL, Northville (MI), 2015 - Both Michigan and Michigan State watched this in-state prospect with great interest.  He made good use of that attention during his match-ups with Jashon Cornell.  Moorman counter Cornell’s obvious quickness advantage with a nice initial punch and good movement of his feet.  The Northville standout’s time at offensive tackle was evident in his play, though he could project more as a guard at the next level.  For his part, Moorman is open to either and is willing to let the school and/or his body dictate what role he is best suited for in college.  Michigan assistant Darrell Funk was on hand to observe him in action at Sound Mind Sound Body and will have another opportunity to view Moorman at work when he comes to camp on Sunday.

Stanley Norman – CB/WR, Culver City (CA), 2015 - The first thing one notices about Norman is his swagger.  He has immense confidence in his ability and isn’t afraid to let everyone around know it.  But he’s not all talk.  This rising 2015 prospect made one of the most impressive interceptions of the day when a receiver ran a comeback route.    Norman exploded out of his backpedal, and with a burst of speed was able to get underneath the receiver to pick off the pass.  The coaches surrounding the play were understandably impressed.  Norman also lined up at receiver at made plays there as well.  He passed almost every test the coaches put him through.  The only one he missed on was the one they use to measure size.  The Culver City standout stands about 5-10 and weighs about 160 lbs.  Despite that he has already picked up a handful of offers from a number of interested suitors including UCLA and Washington State.  Michigan assistant Dan Ferrigno has been hot on his trail in recent months and the Wolverines will host Norman on a visit this weekend.

Patrice Rene – CB, Orleans (Ontario) St. Peters, 2016 - It became evident very early in the day that this 2015 Canadian prospect was one of the top cover men in attendance.  He was quickly moved from working out with one of the younger defensive back groups to working with the upperclassmen.  He already stands 6-2, has long arms, and good straight line speed, but more impressive than all of that is his fluidity.  Rene is extremely coordinated and changes direction gracefully.  He was another prospect that had coaches scrambling to see who he is.  His will be a name to definitely keep an eye on in the coming years.  That’s especially true for Michigan, as Rene is a lifelong Wolverine fan and will be camping in Ann Arbor next week.

Drue Tranquill – LB/SS, Ft. Wayne (IN) Carroll, 2014 - No player’s stock rose more than Tranquill’s on day one.  The 6-2, 208-pounder came out of nowhere to emerge as a viable football prospect in recent months after initially fancying himself more of a baseball prospect.  Tranqill pairs 4.49 speed with impressive lateral quickness. There were only a few occasions where receivers got the best of him on the day (one just happened to be Maurice Ways on a crossing route)… but even when he was beaten he was only inches from making a play.  There wasn’t a safety in attendance that performed better. What could be even more exciting to the coaches courting him is a frame that could easily carry 20 extra pounds.  The talented youngster is open to doing just that if a school asks him to.  He came into the camp with MAC and low-level Big Ten offers.  That will likely change as he makes his way to various camps and campus visits this summer.  Michigan is among the schools he plans to visit.

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