The Opening: GBW Day 1 Recruiting Notebook

GBW is out at The Opening and spent plenty of time chatting with and interviewing Michigan targets in attendance. In-depth interviews will follow but in the mean time here are the things you need to know about each and how it pertains to the Wolverines.

BEAVERTON. Ore.—On the field in the mid-90’s heat for the entire day Monday, The Opening was just as hot temperature wise as the competition it fostered in both the morning and afternoon sessions.

With designated times to chat and run through interviews with media throughout the day, several Michigan targets had interesting things to say to GoBlueWolverine about the Maize & Blue. Full stories and in-depth, exclusive interviews are on their way in the coming days but here’s a brief collection of what’s been gathered heading into Tuesday’s session:

2014 RB Leonard Fournette—Fournette is a physical specimen showing nice versatility competing in a camp setting that isn’t catered to a big, bruising back. Discussing Michigan, fans of the Wolverines can give a hat tip, a nod, and a giant thank you to commitment Jabrill Peppers for putting in the Maize & Blue word with Fournette, told that he should give Michigan a look to which he said “that’s what I’m doing.” Fournette said he’d like to take an unofficial and official visit to Michigan, leaving open the possibility that he will be at the barbecue at the big house at the end of July and make it in for a game this fall. Fournette is aware of Fred Jackson and his illustrious coaching career, as well as the Wolverines transition back to a pro style, downhill running attack, which he says suits him just fine.

2015 WR George Campbell—After winning the fastest man competition Monday with a 4.37, 40-yard dash time, Campbell told GBW he plans on making it to the barbecue at the Big House at the end of July. Former Michigan target Artavis Scott is one of his good friends so wherever Scott ends up will help that school in his recruitment but the same can be said for fellow teammate Mason Cole. Campbell continues to rave about his experiences and relationships with Michigan, still known as the “mayor of Ann Arbor” based on how well he was able to connect with everyone in the community. Campbell said the thing he likes most about Michigan is his connection with the coaches, calling position coach Jeff Hecklinski “his guy.” At this point, there are no favorites and his decision will be his own.

2014 DE Andrew Williams—Williams has not named his top five just yet but did say he will do so soon. Williams wouldn’t confirm Michigan’s standing in the top five but did say Michigan is “up there” and is looking forward to visiting to find out more about the school. Williams has had great conversations with the coaches thus far, including the academics, but at this point it’s all about getting up there and seeing it for himself, something he says he can’t wait to do.

2015 CB Iman Marshall—Recruiting is just beginning for Marshall but he has already racked up 17 scholarship offers to date. Marshall isn’t a pure west coast kid, won’t be limiting himself from traveling around the country in order to take visits, including one to Michigan. Marshall will be very deliberate in his process and won’t be cutting down his list anytime soon. Fans will have to wait on this one as Marshall plans to make a decision in his senior season.

2014 RB Joe Mixon—No doubt about the fact that Mixon is one of the most highly recruited players in the entire country and he has the confidence about him and the play on the field to back it up. Mixon says he does plan on narrowing his list down to a top 10 in the next few weeks. Contact with Michigan hasn’t been as strong as before, Mixon said, unclear whether or not the Wolverines will be in the mix when he starts dropping schools.

2014 LB Nyles Morgan—Morgan isn’t shying away from the high level of competition out at The Opening, instead embracing it and becoming a better player for it. Morgan says he still remains wide open but would like to chop down his list in the near future. Michigan has maintained contact with Morgan and still has a shot at landing a visit coming down the home stretch. Morgan did say he’d like to visit some other schools, noting Vanderbilt and Ole Miss as two schools that have a very good shot of making the cut of schools. The SEC is important to Morgan, believing that that is his best shot at making it to the NFL, even throwing out a statistic about draft picks from this springs draft and the correlation with the SEC.

2014 LB Dwight Williams—The teammate of 2014 five-star athlete Adoree Jackson, Williams has just as much interest in the Wolverines as Jackson. Building a stronger relationship with Michigan the more they’re in contact with one another, Williams likes what he’s hearing from the Wolverines. Not shy about his desire to leave the west coast, Williams said he plans to visit Ann Arbor for Michigan’s game against Notre Dame in September and also has a visit planned to Florida for the Florida State game. He and Jackson have discussed attending college together, but at this stage it’s more joking than anything else.

Look for exclusive interviews and features on all of these Michigan targets from out here at The Opening.

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