Michigan Camp: In-Depth Analysis (Part 3)

GoBlueWolverine's extensive breakdown of the top performers from day three at Michigan's summer football camp. Alex Malzone, Tyrone Miller, Messiah DeWeaver, and more.

Elijah Cunningham – QB, Springboro (Ohio) - 2016

Sam’s Take: This Buckeye State standout was one of the most accurate passers on the day. On the other hand he is Malzone’s size without the same kind of speed on his fastball.

Messiah deWeaver – QB, Trotwood (Ohio) Madison – 2016

Sam’s Take: The newest Michigan commitment threw with even more zip Wednesday than he did the day prior, and he again showed good deep touch over the middle.  His substantial improvement over last year continues to stand out.  Most noteworthy are his feet.  He does a much better job of getting his feet under him and stepping into throws than he did last year.  Additionally he is a great deal bigger and stronger.  In talking to some of the folks from Trotwood it’s clear that Doug Nussmeier was impressed with his new protégé’s size, mobility, and a skillset that has progressed rapidly despite the absence of the formal quarterback training. Michigan’s new QB guru is said to be in love with DeWeaver’s upside. Now he’ll have the chance to help the talented youngster realize it.

Josh’s Take: Consistent is a good word to describe DeWeaver. He is big, accurate, and showcases good feet. His two-day performance was the last piece of an evaluation that dates back months. At 6-foot-3, 200-pounds, he fits the mold of what Doug Nussmeier is looking for in his future signal caller. He might not have the arm that Malzone has, but it’s strong enough to make all the throws. Plus he is a year younger, so it should get stronger as he gets stronger. This kid was definitely deserving of his offer/commitment.

Brandon Gaston – WR, Chicago (Ill.) St. Rita - 2015

Sam’s Take: Gaston is an example of a kid that came in with a relatively obscure profile and emerged as a player to watch.  The 6-2, 175-pounder’s technique isn’t done any favors by what is apparently a run-heavy high school offense, but he flashed the tools that coaches love to see on the outside.  He brings great length, speed somewhere in the 4.5s, and terrific ball skills.  One of his more memorable plays was a fade route during which the corner had outstanding hip-pocket-like coverage on the inside.  It was really good defense, but a great throw and an even better catch made possible by Gaston shielding the defender with his body won the play. He grew a lot technically during the day after learning about setting up defensive backs on his routes and release moves off the line of scrimmage. More technical refinement and more muscle will certainly aid his cause.  This is a kid that the Maize & Blue will monitor during the season.

Steven Frank – QB, Oswego (Ill.) - 2016

Josh’s Take: At 6-4, 212 lbs., Frank is strong sturdy quarterback, has a solid arm, and can make all the throws. He also displayed nice touch and accuracy in the passing drills. Frank had a nice camp on Wednesday.

Sam’s Take: The biggest arm in attendance after Malzone. Frank has vintage pro-style QB size and can squeeze balls in where many QB’s can’t.  That said, he doesn’t possess DeWeaver’s feet/mobility.  Definitely still Big Ten caliber quarterback prospect though.

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

Sam’s Take: Simply put, this kid has “it.” Nussmeier’s identification of Malzone as the top quarterback target over other prospects listed higher in the rankings has a chance to go down as Michigan’s best decision of the recruiting year. The Brother Rice star again showed a live, accurate arm… and he has unbelievable moxie. I keep coming back to an exchange I had with him before he emerged as a prime Michigan target.  I asked him to describe his game and his reply was, “my game is I win.”  Indeed he does.

Josh’s Take: Another strong day from Malzone. He camped Monday through Wednesday and looked great each day. The first thing you notice he comes to work each day of practice. He obviously has the strong arm, but he is accurate too. He also had no problem finding the open receiver in the 7v7 drills. And he just brings so many intangibles to the table. In the end, Michigan got a really good one in Malzone.

Tyrone Miller – CB, Saline (Mich.) – 2015

Sam’s Take: This local youngster was simply outstanding Wednesday. He was so good in coverage that it often seemed as if he was running the routes.  Wide receivers generally create separation on the breaks… in-cut, out-cuts, stutters, etc… but this kid’s stop/start quickness allows him to stay wideouts hip pockets.  Then if you take into account his 6-0, 185 lb. frame, his 4.5 speed, and the fact that he is physical, it is easy to see why there has been so much buzz about him in recent weeks.  The kid can flat out cover.  There are, however, a couple of scholarship hindrances for some of the bigger programs on his radar.  First, there almost certainly a desire to see more of him in action, preferably against better competition than he saw on day three of Michigan’s camp.  The other and more significant factor is for him to show continued improvement in the classroom. For now store this kid in the “name to DEFINITELY remember” column.

Josh’s Take: Miller was the most impressive cornerback on Wednesday. He won the majority of his one-on-one matchups and snagged away a few interceptions in the process. While he doesn’t have a Michigan offer yet, he certainly looked like a worthy candidate after his strong camp showing.

Tyrece Speaight – CB, Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent St. Mary - 2016

Josh’s Take: The Ohio standout is very athletic and strong, and has enough speed to play corner. He may end up as nickel in college. Speaight is still young and rough around the edges. He got caught being overly aggressive in coverage a few ties and got beaten as a result. He isn’t quite as big or as quick as Miller, but is probably as fast in a straight line. He’s obviously on Michigan’s board, but strong high school season this year is likely necessary to move up it.


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