Michigan Camp: In-Depth Analysis (Part 1)

GoBlueWolverine's report on the Monday's top performers at Michigan's summer football camp.

Sam Webb, Josh Newkirk and Kyle Bogenschutz contributed to this story.

Alex Malzone – QB, Bloomfield Hills (Mich.) Brother Rice – 2015

Sam's take: Austin Mack said it best – "(Malzone) is definitely one of the best quarterbacks I've seen or played with." The Michigan commit threw with great touch all day. Doug Nussmeier spent a great deal of the time working to refine his young protégé's footwork though. Nussmeier really honed in on Malzone's footwork on quick-hitches and on the pump & go by stressing a quick reset of the feet to deliver the ball with greater accuracy. Malzone saw each demonstration once and nailed it on each successive occasion.

Josh's take: Malzone is a player – period. He has a rocket arm – as advertised. He makes all the throws. He smart. He is total package. Yeah, he doesn't have ideal height at 6-foot-1.5, but he makes up for it with his intangibles. Michigan got a good one with him.

Kyle's take: A very solid day throwing the ball for Malzone Monday afternoon. From the get go Doug Nussmeier was paying close attention to his future quarterback offering plenty of tips from footwork to his release. In the 1 on 1's Malzone was routinely hooking up with his teammate Grant Perry, in a very nice rhythm delivering the football.

LaVert Hill – CB, Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech – 2016

Sam's take: Hill has served notice this spring/summer that he will very likely be the next standout corner to come from Cass Tech. His size, speed, and quickness are eerily similar that those traits possessed by current Wolverine Jourdan Lewis. Like Lewis Hill thrives in press coverage. He is almost too aggressive at times, but in such instances today his recovery speed was so good that it allowed him to get back in position. On one occasion I noticed him bait a quarterback on a crossing route. Once the ball was thrown Hill immediately broke on it and knocked it away. What's most intriguing about this talent youngster is the best could be yet to come. With two years of high school left, and looking at his brother Delano Hill's size, Lavert Hill could add a couple of inches to his frame. If he does so, look out.

Jamyest Williams – CB, Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer – 2016

Sam's take: Another corner that plays bigger than his size. Williams wasn't afraid of getting up in the faces of any receiver in attendance. He did a good job of disrupting routes and showed great ball awareness. He was also very impressive in off-coverage where he broke on the ball very well. While he clearly has good quickness and speed, Hill just appears to have more. Both kids were hand standout days during which they made a number of plays, but Hill made a few more.

Luke Farrell – TE, Perry (Ohio) – 2016

Sam's take: Farrell is definitely in the mold of the tight end the Michigan coaching staff is working hard to add to their ranks. He isn't the flex guy that Jake Butt and Ian Bunting were/are (he even mentioned that the coaches highlighted his blocking ability as one of the keys in earning his offer), but he is far from a plodder. The Perry high star is 6-5, about 225-lbs, but very fluid and good hands. He got separation from linebackers with ease I only saw him drop one ball in one-on-ones. Farrell isn't a game-breaker, but is a true two-way tight end.

Kyle's take: Kind of a classic, old school type of tight end, Perry doesn't run the crispest of routes but just seems to get to the right spot and create some space on linebackers. Perry has good size and pretty good feet already to go with his soft hands, very encouraging performance.

Demario McCall – RB/ATH, North Ridgeville (Ohio) – 2016

Sam's take: This Buckeye State standout may have been the fastest player in attendance Monday. When he caught a pass out the backfield and split the defense in the blink of an eye, any questions about his speed were immediately answered. Later in the day the Michigan coaching staff asked him to try his hand at defense and he obliged despite having little to no experience on that side of the ball. On the positive side, his recovery speed was evident on a few plays, most notably when he cut underneath a skinny post to break up the play. Plays like that turned out to be the exception and not the rule though. He was beaten a number of times due to flaws in technique… peaking in the backfield, coming out of his backpedal too late, biting on double moves, whiffing on jams… the typical signs of lack of experience. You have to give the kid credit for even trying it. Needless to say he is definitely more comfortable on offense right now. There he is a potential difference-maker. The question is at what position? He is a running back by trade, but he is 165 lbs. Will he pack on the weight? Could he be a receiver? Michigan will apparently be looking for those answers.

Austin Mack – WR, Ft. Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers – 2016

Sam's take: This Michigan offer recipient was one of the most polished receivers in attendance. Not a blazer, but had little problem getting on top of defensive backs because of his route precision. He set up double moves well. Showed good burst out his breaks, and can definitely high point the ball. He wasn't quite as overpowering against smaller defensive backs as you'd like to see, but he has the frame to get a lot bigger and stronger. He should have little problem pushing guys around when he does. He was fairly sure-handed with only a few drops during what was fairly solid day.

Josh's take: Mack had a strong afternoon session. He earned a Michigan offer in the process. Mack won't blow you away with his speed, but he has the ability to get open and runs crisps routes. And was deserving of his U-M offer on Monday.

Kyle's take: Mack dropped one pass out of the all the reps I saw him take in the afternoon. Very consistent overall performance and one that clearly was worthy of a scholarship offer. Mack was really able to manhandle some of the cornerbacks and essentially just box them out for catches. On deep patterns, Mack ran by defenders displaying top end speed.

Emmanuel Rugamba – WR, Naperville (Ill.) Central – 2016

Sam's take: This kid has deceptive speed because he is a long strider. As a result he ate up cushions with relative ease. That said, jams gave him some issues at times because he is so slight. Rugamba has really good hands and he too can go up for the ball. He just needs to get bigger. A lot bigger.

Jeff Christian – CB, Cincinnati (Ohio) Colerain – 2015

Sam's take: The Colerain star extremely physical. He is the same size as Hill and Williams, but is a year older and isn't as quick or as fast. That physicality helped make up for that though, as evidenced by his healthy number of pass break-ups. Allen Trieu dubbed Christian a slightly bigger Courtney Avery. That's an assessment with which I agree.

Grant Perry – 2015 three-star WR, Bloomfield (Mich.) Brother Rice

Josh's take: Perry was the best receiver in attendance all day. He made al the catches. He won all his matchups. He was simply the most consistent player in his group. While he didn't earn an offer, he certainly made case for the Wolverine coaching staff.

Kyle's take: Grant Perry was flat out the best wide receiver at the camp Monday. Perry was running crisp routes, catching just about everything, turning up field quickly, physical and has good timing with his hands; very impressive.

Justin Tranquill – 2015 four-star DB, Fort Wayne (Ind.) Carroll

Josh's take: While Tranquill worked at CB. He is definitely is a safety. He has the athletic ability to play safety in college. He looks physically stronger at 5-foot-11, 195-pounds. He also moves pretty well at the back end of the defense. He had strong showing in the afternoon session.

TE Cole Chewins – Clarkston (Mich.) – 2015

Kyle's take: While Chewins did some good things deep in the secondary in the morning, the afternoon showcased strong discipline being effective in the short passing game. In 7 on 7 it's normally difficult for tight ends to get the ball but the quarterbacks found Chewins a few times on easy out routes to either side.

DE Aaron Robertson – Fort Wayne (Ind.) – 2016

Kyle's take: It took one rep in the 1 on 1 portion of things to see Robertson is someone to watch moving forward. Lining up opposite the right tackle Robertson gained the edge and quickly beat the tackle to the quarterback dummy.

DT Michael Onwenu – Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech – 2016

Kyle's take: Impressive at Sound Mind Sound Body and again impressive this afternoon at camp. Onwenu really uses his hands well, not necessarily always the case for a true defensive tackle, coupling that with his good burst and quick feet, there's a lot to like about this young prospect.

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