ANN ARBOR -- Year in and year out, the Michigan football camp serves not only as a place for high school football players of all ages and shapes to spend a week in the life of a Wolverine football player, but is also a platform for unknown, high level athletes to put their name on the map with an impressive performance in front of the Michigan coaches, potentially earning a scholarship offer.
Two players from the skill position group, one offensive and one defensive, turned in performances strong enough to deserve a full ride from the Wolverines, while many others, including a talented group of young prospects, will assuredly continue to be evaluated by the coaching staff.
Below are standouts from day three at the Michigan football camp, focusing on wide receivers, defensive backs, and quarterbacks:
2014 Elkton (Md.) ECA WR Freddy Canteen -- Fredd is as smooth as the water coming out of a canteen and had his skills on display throughout the morning and afternoon sessions. Catching GoBlueWolverine’s eye in the morning 1-on-1’s and 7-on-7, Canteen is extremely quick and very difficult to slow down off the line. Still developing from a technique standpoint with his hands, something that can be said for all high school wide outs, Canteen took some coaching and implemented it right away in the top group for the afternoon 1-on-1’s, blowing by corners attempting to press, sprinting across the field on quick slants. Canteen is around 6-0 and has the frame to add some muscle but maintain that speed of his, undoubtedly earning his Michigan offer and one of the true highlights on day three at camp.
2014 Detroit (Mich.) Country Day WR Maurice Ways – The lone Michigan commitment competing on day three of camp, Ways was easily the biggest wide receiver of the group, using his size to try to out muscle defensive backs. Ways had a few highlight plays throughout the day, reeling in a one handed grab in the morning session, corralling the football with one of his big mitts and bringing it into his body as he hit the turf, and catching a go route over both a corner and safety in the 7-on-7 skeleton. Ways doesn’t have great get off on the line and struggled a bit when corners decided to press him but with added work on his technique those issues should go away quickly.
2014 Elkton (Md.) ECA CB Brandon Watson -- Watson was by far the most physical corner at the camp Tuesday and brings physical tools to the table that most high school defensive backs just aren’t privy to. 6-foot-1, 190-pounds, it’s hard to believe Watson only had four offers to his name heading into Michigan’s camp, but with several pass break-ups made throughout the day, the Wolverines threw their name into the hat. Watson showed nice discipline against the wide receivers, timing his break in order to avoid a penalty and never being burned deep in press coverage, adding speed to his above average size.
2015 Brother Rice (Mich.) QB Alex Malzone -- There’s a lot to like about Malzone and the junior to be continued to be sharp with his throws in 1-on-1’s, skeleton drills, and the 7-on-7 portion of the camp this morning. Malzone has a good feel for exactly where the ball needs to be for the wide receiver to make the play and is rarely incapable of delivering it. Toward the end of the afternoon session it looked like Malzone was beginning to have some arm fatigue (not uncommon after firing so many balls), coming up short on a couple of out routes, but at 80-percent, his arm still brought the most pop to receivers gloves of any quarterback in attendance.
2015 Canton (Ohio) McKinley CB Eric Glover-Williams -- Just finishing up his sophomore year of high school, Glover-Williams looked the part as a pure cover corner at Michigan’s camp Tuesday. Battling a pretty talented wide receiver group, Glover-Williams proved to be difficult to lose in coverage, knocking down several balls. In 7-on-7, Glover-Williams rarely had the ball thrown his way, sticking right to his man and embracing the physical play being brought his way. Hurt in the afternoon session, Glover-Williams didn’t leave on a high note (hopefully nothing serious) but made his mark before heading home, potentially doing enough to earn a scholarship offer down the line.
2016 Trotwood (Ohio) Madison QB Messiah deWeaver -- Still very young, deWeaver has the tools to work with and develop at the quarterback position. Al Borges offered plenty of coaching to the young Ram and the improvement in two days is substantial. DeWeaver throws a nice ball with good zip despite being behind some of the older quarterbacks in the stage of physical development. DeWeaver looks a little taller than his listed height of 6-0, and is an intriguing prospect to watch moving forward.