Matt Wilcox Returns to U-M for Camp

After an unofficial visit to U-M in March, sophomore Ohio athlete Matt Wilcox was on campus once more, this time to participate in Michigan's summer camp. Find out where the Wolverines sit in his recruitment along with the other teams evaluating his talent.

For rising high school football prospects, the summer camp circuit is an important time to generate college interest before the season. This has been the case for Huber Heights (Oh.) Wayne athlete Matt Wilcox, who says he has been hearing from many of the top programs in the Midwest.

"[The offseason] has been going really well. I've been to a lot of camps," Wilcox told GoBlueWolverine. "I've been to Michigan State, Michigan, Louisville, Ohio State, Toledo. A lot of coaches are talking to me now."

Since many schools are focused on filling their 2015 class, much of the attention Wilcox has received has been preliminary. Most schools have instructed him to stay in contact as he continues to develop.

At 5'10" and 185 pounds, Wilcox could translate to either wide receiver or running back in college. Showing versatility at both positions, Wilcox remains open about where he will end up.

"I have been camping mostly at the slot receiver instead of going back to running back because of my size right now," said Wilcox. "I also can play running, defensive back and I think I'm going to play more running back during the season this year because our starter graduated last year. We will see how it all plays out."

Recently, Wilcox participated in the Wolverines Technique School, once again working out at receiver for the Michigan coaching staff. This allowed for Wilcox to have a close look at the particular coaching strategies at play on the Wolverines' staff.

"I really liked the camp," said Wilcox. "I really like their style because it goes with a lot of the stuff we do at my school. It's very fast-paced and they go from one station to the next. It's very organized. We get water breaks, but we come right back and jump into another drill. We get a lot of reps and everything—it's live. It's fast-paced and I really like that because it fits my style."

Although the pace of camp was reminiscent to what he experiences at Wayne, it was different at the same time— in an important direction, as player development is a priority for Wilcox.

"I really like the coaching there because if you didn't understand one thing they will break it down to you and help you understand," said Wilcox. "If you did understand already, you learned a lot more about the drills. I picked up a lot of stuff from my time there so I can practice and get better on my own too."

After working out at camp, Wilcox had the chance to talk to Michigan staff a bit more in-depth than usual. It was then that Wilcox found out more regarding the position Michigan is evaluating him at right now.

"They told me I was on their board for athlete instead of running back or receiver actually," said Wilcox. "They just have me as an athlete. I've been talking a lot to Mark Smith since that's the recruiter for our area. I'm actually going to call him when I get off the phone."v Wilcox, who has developed a good rapport with defensive line coach Mark Smith, is close with other members of the Michigan contingent. At Wayne, Wilcox is teammates with 2015 defensive back pledge Tyree Kinnel. In addition, Wilcox has built a friendship with 2016 Dayton (OH) Trotwood-Madison quarterback Messiah deWeaver as well.

All three prospects have openly discussed playing at Michigan together. In the days leading up to deWeaver's offer from the Wolverines, a strict narrative was at play.

"I'm very good friends with both of them," said Wilcox. "[DeWeaver committing] was a big thing because we were waiting when he committed. He was like ‘You know if they offer you, if they like you, then you have to commit' [laughs]. It's just been the talk with both Tyree and Messiah. It's all fun."

These connections would prove to be strong factors playing in Michigan's favor if they were to offer Wilcox down the road. In the meantime, he is going to continue working out for other programs in pursuit of his first offer.

"I have three more camps still," said Wilcox. "Penn State, Kentucky and Ohio State for Friday Night Lights. It's been going really good. I've been doing real well at a lot of these camps."

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