Opportunity is what Michigan’s satellite camps are all about.
For fans that reside far away from the Big House it’s an opportunity meet and greet Jim Harbaugh and his new staff in an up-close way that many of them only dreamed of.
For the kids participating in the camp it’s a chance to be taught techniques and drills by college coaches at the top of their profession.
And for the youngsters that signed up for came, but opted not to work out… observing the drills, coaching styles, and picking the brains of the coaches whenever possible was beneficial also.
For most of the high profile prospects in attendance at the Houston satellite camp Monday, observation was the chosen route. That was the certainly the case for Houston (Tex.) Alief Elsik teammates Dontavious Jackson and Chris Brown. Neither has spoken much publicly about their respective recruitments in the last few months, which also happens to be the amount of time since they were in Ann Arbor for Michigan’s spring game. For Jackson in particular the glow still hasn’t worn off.
“It was wonderful,” Jackson said regarding the spring game experience. “The fans were so enjoyable and so welcoming. They’re very humble people and very accepting. It was almost like I’m home. I (felt) relaxed and didn’t have to be all (Up-tight) walking around.”
Brown was equally impressed.
“The people the stadium, the facilities… everything about Michigan was positive,” he said. “(Except for) the weather (laughter). The weather won’t be a problem. The Michigan trip was a great experience… my first time being in Ann Arbor. It was fun. I really enjoyed myself.”
So much so that Brown said that Michigan one of his two known official visits (the other being Oklahoma).
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Houston (Tex.) Westside standout Jordan Elliott hasn’t had the Ann Arbor experience yet, but the four-star defensive end insists he will. That’s despite his recent commitment to Houston.
“(Choosing to commit to Houston now) really showed me who really wants me,” said Elliott. “There are about four or five schools that came after me even harder after my commitment.”
Those programs have ample reason not to be deterred, considering Elliott initially committed to Baylor before opening things back up. He admitted that his recruitment will go until the bell.
The same can be said for 2017 Bellaire (Tex.) Episcopal defensive lineman Marvin Wilson. He’s a year younger than Elliott, but there’s already a who’s who of college football hot on his trail. Though still wide open to all of them, a few schools have started to stick out.
And why is Michigan one of them?
“The coaching staff,” he replied. “The coaching seems like they’re coming in here trying to do big things. Trying to take over.”
The last of the big timers in attendance was Houston (Tex.) Aldine Davis standout Jeffrey McCulloch. The four-star linebacker looked every bit of 6-3, 230 and showed good closing speed and change of direction. However, what’s most impressive is he appears to have the frame to add 20-30 pounds without losing anything in the speed and quickness departments. That explains why he is up to 48 offers. He recently narrowed the list of schools actually in attendance to 12, and he isn’t yet ready to trim it any further. However he did offer one small preview.
“The next cut will probably be a top five (or) top seven,” said McCulloch. “That’ll be around midseason before I go to the Army game.”
“(Michigan) will be there until the end.”
Stay tuned to The Michigan Insider for much more from each of these talented youngsters in the coming days. In the meantime check out the interview Houston satellite camp video recap below with Scout.com’s Houston area analyst Ahmard Vital. In it he shares his insight on a few of the aforementioned recruiting races.