Catching the eye of everyone in attendance at the Michigan football camp in the middle of June, 2016 North Ridgeville (Ohio) four-star running back Demario McCall believes he gave it his all in front of the Wolverines’ coaching staff.
“I thought I had fun and there was a lot of competition here,” McCall said. “I showed you all my best and I did all I can.”
Standing 5-foot-11, 170-pounds with blazing speed, McCall normally makes highlight plays on the offensive side of the ball.
At Michigan’s camp, the coaches decided to see what he could do in the secondary, a request McCall took to with some hesitation.
“I never played defense a day in my life,” McCall said. “But at that camp they wanted me to try out defense so I told the coach, wherever you want to send me, that’s what I’m going to do.”
Although McCall spent a significant amount of time on defense at the camp, McCall says his bread and butter is having the ball in his hands.
“They had mostly had me on D but on offense I’m a key player on offense,” he said. “I get the ball in my hands.
“There is one thing that coach wants you to do when you get the ball. He wants you in the end zone, so every time he gives me the ball, I tell myself to get in the end zone. Just to make coach proud.”
If McCall is able to get his way at the next level and play running back, he believes he’s versatile enough to slide into the slot at times as well.
“That’s the difference when you’re a key player and you’ve got speed like I do, they can use me anywhere, where ever you want me to go I am going to give my best effort and give you my all,” he said.
Boasting a 4.3 40-yard dash time, speed alone could be enough to land scholarship offers from some schools.
Michigan has taken a bit of a patient approach with McCall when it comes to discussion of an official offer just yet.
“They didn’t mention any scholarship offer that day,” he said. “He just told me to keep working and it’ll come.”
Also attending the Ohio State camp this summer, McCall picked up an offer from the Buckeyes after playing a little on offense and defense in Columbus as well.
Picking up an offer as prestigious as Ohio State could mean the world to an Ohio product but McCall admits he didn’t necessarily grow up a fan of anyone.
“Yeah, not particularly,” he said. “I just liked football but Ohio State, I think is an awesome place.”
With two years still left on the high school level, McCall is in no hurry to make a decision.
Speaking specifically about the Wolverines, McCall says one thing in particular stands out above the others.
“I don’t know a lot about any colleges,” he said. “What I like about Michigan was their coaching staff. I didn’t walk past one coach who didn’t stop me and speak to me. They said, hey, DeMario, I’m blah blah, hey Demario, I am blah blah.
“I liked that about every single last one of the coaches, they all spoke to me when I walked by. They all said, hey you’re a great kid or whatever. They just showed me a lot of attention.”
Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison is leading the recruitment with McCall, even making the trip to visit him this spring.
“He’s a very nice guy,” he said. “He came to a couple of track meets. He came to see me in person. He drove about two hours just to come meet me, come see me. He’s a very nice person.”
McCall finished with 25 touchdowns and 1,562 yards in his sophomore season despite missing some time with a sprained ankle.Sam Webb and Kyle Bogenschutz contributed to this report.