Michigan hosted its first ever Exposure U camp last week and attracted players from all over the country. They even attracted a few from outside of it.
One of the standouts from north of the border was Montreal (QC) Cegep du Vieux cornerback Benjamin St-Juste. The Wolverines were so impressed with the 6-3, 180-pounder’s performance that they extended him a scholarship offer. It didn’t take long for him to accept it.
“My parents and I met with Coach Jim Harbaugh after the camp,” St-Juste told The Michigan Insider. “At first he told me he wanted me to come to Michigan right now, but the fact I’m from Canada, I need to be NCAA eligible to come to Michigan. They still said, ‘we are offering you a full scholarship.’ As soon as I get eligible, I will be playing for Michigan.”
“I have already graduated high school in Canada because we graduate one year earlier than the U.S. and now I need to add the same courses they have in the U.S. to be eligible. It is not fair for Canadians. So I need to do extra courses to be eligible and do another year. As soon as I get that, then I will be leaving Canada to be playing at Michigan.”
This isn’t the first time the Maize & Blue have harvested talent from Vieux Montreal. St-Juste will be following in the footsteps of former Wolverines Renaldo Sagesse, Alain Kashama, Emmanuel Casseus and Deitan Dubuc. If all goes according to plan he will make his way to Ann Arbor as part of the 2016 class. That’s a startling turn of events for a youngster that came to America as an under-the-radar prospect with no offers.
“It was my first big camp in the U.S. and the best camp I have seen so far,” said St-Juste. “There were a lot of talented kids and there was a lot of competition from the U.S. players. I think all the coaches in Greg Jackson, Mike Zordich and everybody else has great experience. I learned a lot about technique that I will be using going forward.”
“As a Canadian I work so hard to just get a little bit of exposure in the U.S. I really wanted to go to the camp and just do my thing. At the end of the day I got a scholarship and I was excited. It was my first one. I only had some interest from a couple schools like Connecticut and Oregon.”
“Right now I know I’ve got a lot of work to do at school because I know they want me as soon as possible, so I’m working on that. As soon as I get my stuff done I’ll be playing for Michigan.”
One of things he looks forward to most is the opportunity to be around his future head coach again.
“I think Coach Jim Harbaugh is a really good coach,” said St-Juste. “He talked to me and my parents and took us to the Big House. We talked a lot about life and about being a good player, team player and individual. He is a really good coach and I like him.”
That feeling is obviously mutual. The Wolverines have clearly been looking to add more size in the secondary in 2016. St-Juste definitely brings that to the table.
“I am a tall corner and I’ve got long arms,” said St-Juste. “When I play man coverage or press coverage I am aggressive and won’t let the wide receiver go off the line. I’ve got good ball skills and when the ball is in the air, I will go get it because I’ve got a good vertical. I’m smart and can play in a cover two or three. I’m just a very good athlete as a corner.”