Columbus Opening Regional: Michigan Prospects

WESTERVILLE, Ohio -- Top prospects from throughout the Midwest made their way to Nike's Opening Regional today, with many of them having interest in Michigan. See how current U-M commits and prospects faired in the combine report below.

Wide Receiver 

Detroit (Mich.) Cats Tech wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones is an elite athlete who makes the hard play look effortless. He won most of his one-on-one match ups throughout the day. In the process, he earned his second invite to The Opening this July, and it was justified with his play on the field.

Four-star 2017 WR K.J. Hamler has the makings of an elite slot receiver. When in open space, he was simply too fast for defenders to check one-on-one. He earned MVP honors for the second straight year This time, however, he was granted an invite to The Opening.

At 6-foot-5, 205-pounds, Jaylen Harris was a tough match up throughout the day He displayed good hands, and won the majority of his match ups. He didn’t earn an invite today, but could be a late add down the line.

Defensive Backs

Detroit (Mich.) King 2017 cornerback Ambry Thomas was put on an island throughout the day, showcasing his true cover corner skills. He displayed good hips while getting his hands on some pases and hauled in an interception. He did grab a few times but overall had a solid day. He earned an invite to The Opening in the process.

Cats Tech 2017 safety standout Jaylen Kelly-Powell held his own in pass coverage drills. He struggled in bump coverage, although he's more of a downhill guy. He played better when off the line, and was able to keep his man in front of him. He’s more of a hybrid safety than a cover corner anyways.

Tight Ends

Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller 2017 tight end Matt Dotson runs the seem well. He also has the ability to create space with his 6-foot-5, 225-pound frame as a pass catcher. He’s just a tough match up for linebackers. He caught the majority of passes that came his way. It was good enough for an invite to The Opening.

Michigan 2017 tight end commit Carter Dunaway is a tough match up for any linebacker with his size a lone at 6-foot-6, 225-pounds. He made some nice plays down the middle of the field. He did have some drops, but overall had a nice day.

Linebacker

Springfield (Ohio) 2018 linebacker Antwuan Johnson had a consistent camp. He showed that he can stop the run, while showing good pass coverage skills. He will only get better as he further develops in his high school career.

Lineman

 Cass Tech offensive guard Jordan Reid turned in arguably today’s best performance. He never lost a rep. He stoned all of his opponents. He showed great feet with nice lateral quickness, earning MVP honors and earned an invite to The Opening as well. 

At 6-foot-5, 300-pounds, Jedrick Wills looks the part of a future offensive tackle. He won the majority of his reps throughout the day. He made it to the final group. He didn’t earn an invite, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if he got one later.

Michigan 2018 defensive end commit Leonard Taylor worked out at tight end today. While he had a solid day as a pass catcher, his future will be with his hand on the dirt on college. 


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