Camp report and video by Eugene Hankerson
The Michigan Insider made it up to Cheshire, Connecticut Saturday evening for Cheshire Academy’s Champions Camp featuring coaches from the University of Michigan. The Wolverine coaches on hand included defensive coordinator Don Brown, defensive line coach Greg Mattison, quarterbacks/receivers coach and pass game coordinator Jedd Fisch, defensive backs coach Mike Zordich, and a host of younger staffers.
Brown led the way all day long set an energetic tone that the kids really seemed to feed off of. All told there were 330 campers and 71 coaches at the camp. For Michigan recruiting purposes there were three prospects of note.
Sandy Hook (Conn.) Newton LB/FB Ben Mason had a decent showing. What stood out most about him was motor. That was easy to see because he was the first in line at every drill and took as many reps has his initiative could earn him. Brown really kept an eye on him throughout the day. Mason did a solid job in 1-on-1's.
Cheshire (Conn.) ATH C.J. Holmes spent most of his time on offense, but the versatile youngster made sure to take some reps on defense also. His reason was simple. “Because Don Brown is here and he offered me on defense,” said Holmes. “I wanted to prove to him that could play there too.” Holmes dominated those defensive reps. Mentioned Michigan as one of his top schools. Notre Dame is very strong with him also.
Cheshire (Conn.) WR Tarik Black arrived in full Michigan gear. His mom and dad were rocking the gear as well. He had a good day and won the fastest man shuttle drills competition. The four-star wideout said he wants to silently commit to a school before the season to reserve his spot, then announce it publicly at the Army All American game. He wants to visit Michigan and a host of others this summer before he does.
Fisch spent the majority of the day working with WR's. He really enjoyed coaching Black and Holmes up. Both kids said they learned a lot from him.
Many attendees commented about how well run the camp was. They also made mention of the impressive number of Michigan fans in attendance.
At the end of the camp Brown asked the campers “who has it better than us?” Clearly word of that catch phrase has spread because the kids replied in unison “NOBODY!”
Stay tuned to the Michigan Insider for more on the camp including video interviews in the days to come.