ANN ARBOR -- Top players make plays and there is no truer phrase to describe the morning session from day four at the Michigan football camp than that.
Several players took the field for a highly competitive 1-on-1 session, followed by a 7-on-7 that brought the competition level up on either side of the ball.
Below are position MVP’s from the morning, as well as a brief mention of a young, raw defensive lineman to keep an eye on this afternoon:
2014 Fort Wayne (Ind.) Carroll LB Drue Tranquill: Tranquill looked the part this morning, standing out not only for his bright, Hawaiian shorts but also for his physical figure, tremendous cover skills, and elite speed out of the linebacker position. Tranquill, covering running backs out of the backfield or slots, spent the 7-on-7 session running stride for stride down the field with players that should be faster -- but they weren’t. Tranquill nearly had a pick out of the cover two, easily able to drop into coverage. Adding to his repertoire, Tranquill is very vocal, a leader out of his linebacker position.
Next in line at LB
2014 Lapeer East (Mich.) LB Kyle Rachwal.
Defensive Back MVP
2015 Lakewood (Ohio.) St. Edwards CB David Dowell: Still transitioning to cornerback, normally a full time wide receiver, Dowell is a natural at the position and has great size (6-1, 175-pounds), quick feet, and long arms. Dowell locked down every receiver he went against, allowing little separation, and rarely having balls thrown his way. Dowell was the most consistent defensive back of the morning.
Next in line at DB
2015 Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edwards CB Shaun Crawford.
Honorable mention at DB
2015 Fort Wayne (Ind.) Carroll S Justin Tranquill.
Wide Receiver MVP
2015 Birmingham (Mich.) Brother Rice WR Grant Perry: Perry was beating corners left and right, showing nice discipline in and out of his routes, catching nearly everything thrown his way. A very refined route runner heading into his junior year, Perry isn’t the biggest of guys at this point but was consistently getting open and catching bullets over the middle. Perry was clearly the go to guy for the quarterbacks, and for good reason.
Running Back MVP
2015 Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edwards RB Andrew Dowell: Much bigger than his twin brother, Dowell is still fleet of foot and easily created separation from linebackers in 1-on-1’s. Dowell’s hands are very good for a young running back and physically looks like he can be a handful to bring down.
Next in line at RB
2016 Southlake (N.C.) Christian Academy RB Robert Washington.
Honorable mention at RB
2015 Pittsburgh (Kan.) high school RB Alex Barnes.
Quarterback MVP: 2014 Warren (Mich.) De La Salle QB Giovanni Rescigno: The successor to incoming Michigan freshman Shane Morris, Rescigno throws a nice ball and has good footwork in the pocket. Rescigno didn’t make many bad decisions in 7-on-7, throwing through traffic and hitting guys in stride. Rescigno has better arm strength than he’s give credit for.
Next in line at QB
2015 Dewitt (Mich.) high school QB Jake Johnson.