It was hard to miss Jeffrey McCulloch during Michigan’s satellite camp in Houston last week. The 6-3, 230-pounder was the best athlete on the field and lived up to his top flight billing. Michigan’s coaching recognized his talent early on, as evidenced by his status on one of the first offers of the Jim Harbaugh era. The Wolverine brass has been building the relationship ever since. That too was clear during their interaction on the field.
“They’re great,” McCulloch said of Michigan’s staff. “Every time I talk to them, I have a great talk.”
The camp provided McCulloch with his first chance work the coaches. The time was especially beneficial with his would-be position coach D.J. Durkin.
“He’s high energy,” McCulloch said of Durkin. “He loves to have fun. He runs around making sure that you’re doing the right thing and when you don’t, he corrects it, and makes sure you get it right.”
McCulloch did the right thing fairly often during camp. Whether it was coverage drills or pursuit, he looked the part. That’s why the Wolverines have identified for arguably the key playmaking position on their defense.
“They see me at BUCK linebacker because they don’t want me to come off the field,” McCulloch explained.
That would allow him to make plays in space, and also to get after the quarterback in obvious passing situations. McCulloch isn’t that experienced with his hand in the dirt, but the prospects of doing so in college don’t seem the faze him.
“I just want to be on the field,” he said matter-of-factly.
That’s great news for the Wolverines since they are trying to resent him with the most enticing situation possible. They aren’t the only ones though. He recently cut his list of 48 suitors down to 12. He isn’t ready to name the favorites among that group, but he made it abundantly clear that Michigan has little to be worried about where that’s concerned.
“The next cut will be top five, top seven and that’ll be around mid season before I go to the Army game,” McCulloch said.
“(Michigan) will be there to the end pretty much.”
For much more from McCulloch including his thoughts on Jim Harbaugh, the criteria for his decision, and an intro to his little brother (who Michigan is also tracking), press play below.