(Prospects profiled alphabetically)
Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral 2018 outside linebacker Hugh Davis - The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder performed well at Sound Mind Sound Body. His performance came on the heels of a standout showing at Michigan’s satellite camp down at Indianapolis (Ind.) Bishop Chatard High last week. The Hoosier State standout raved about his experience there and loved working with Wolverine defensive coordinator Don Brown. He said hopes now to see the Maize & Blue become more involved in his recruitment.
Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral 2018 offensive guard Emil Ekiyor – Yet another Hoosier State standout that also camped down at Bishop Chatard last week. The big 6-foot-3, 315 pounder again displayed good quickness and flexibility for someone his size. Right now he says he is wide open in his recruitment, but his interest level in Michigan is definitely pretty high. The Wolverines extended him his first offer and have enjoyed being regarded as one of the favored schools ever since. He hopes to get back to Ann Arbor sometime in the fall.
Chicago (IL.) Mount Carmel 2018 cornerback Houston Griffith – Houston is the son of former Illinois running back great and current Big Ten Network football analyst Howard Griffith. Dad spoke to The Michigan Insider about his son’s recruitment and how Michigan figures into it in the aftermath of extending a recent offer. He told me that his son probably wants to do his own thing and not follow his path and he’s not pushing him in any particular direction either. He also said it’s still early, but said that the trip he took with his son to Ann Arbor recently was outstanding. He feels Michigan is definitely a player.
Oak Park (Mich.) 2017 offensive tackle Ja’Raymond Hall - The Michigan commit had a solid day, showing once again that he moves very well, and that he is working hard toward his goal of getting bigger and stronger. He continues to be a major recruiter for Michigan’s 2017 class, courting several in-state guys.
Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy 2017 wide receiver K.J. Hamler - The former Orchard Lake St. Mary’s standout is heading down to the Sunshine State for his senior season, but competed and impressed in his last SMSB camp. The shifty wide out made plays at receiver, then showed he could play some corner as well. Several schools seem to be in thick of the race like Oregon, Michigan State, West Virginia and Penn State among others. Michigan is looking fairly unlikely at this point. The big reason looks to be the offense. While there are some classic pro style offenses he is considering, some close to him believe he is looks more favorable upon up-tempo offenses.
Walled Lake (Mich.) Western 2017 OL Robert Hudson – This kid was one of the biggest human beings in attendance at Sound Mind Sound Body. At 6-foot-8, 300-pounds, this massive offensive lineman is hard to miss and someone that the Wolverines kept an eye on throughout the day. Hudson moved well, which is a newfound trait after shedding nearly 100 pounds. He plans to try to grab even more Maize & Blue attention when he attends their Big Man camp on June 18th.
Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech 2017 safety Jaylen Kelly-Powell - The 6-foot-1, 190-pound safety has added noticeable muscle to his frame. As a result he was one of the most physical defensive backs at the line of scrimmage. His physicality and competitiveness was on display against the best of the best at receiver. He won some and lost some, but overall acquitted himself well for a safety playing bump& run coverage, As for his recruitment, the Wolverines continue to let him know he’s a priority and that they want him to stay home. One of the biggest questions continues to be if he and his cousin, Ambry Thomas might play together. He said the importance of attending the same school on a scale from 1-10 rates as a 10. That would seem to bode well for the Maize & Blue.
Springfield (Ohio) 2018 middle linebacker Antwuan Johnson - The Wolverine commit came to Sound Mind Sound Body looking to show his game off to the coaches, but got held up after a few drills with his ankle injury and then stopped for the day. Despite being out of commission physically the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Johnson still made his presence felt and put on his recruiting hat. He spoke with a few guys like Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral 2018 running back Markese Stepp. He told me he plans on recruiting hard for the Maize & Blue in the coming years and has already been doing so.
Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech 2017 three-star cornerback Donovan Johnson - The Motor City speedster displayed his quickness and athleticism at the camp. The 5-10, 180-pounder recently earned an invite to the Opening Finals out in Beaverton, Oregon and has seen his recruitment pick up steam. Still, he has yet to land an offer from the Wolverines and while contact remains at a minimum between the two parties. There is interest on Johnson’s end, though, and he talks with Lavert Hill and David Dawson. He told me that he plans to camp at Michigan this summer and hopes to earn an offer.
Oak Park (Mich.) 2019 quarterback Dwan Mathis - The talented dual-threat quarterback had a solid day passing at the camp. The 6-foot-3, 175-pounder made it a point to spend some time with Jim Harbaugh and Jedd Fisch and told me he’ll look to make it to Michigan’s quarterback camp this summer.
Fishers (Ind.) Hamilton Southeastern 2018 defensive end Madison Norris – This was a familiar face to the Wolverine coaches at the Sound Mind Sound Body. They first saw lanky and athletic defensive lineman at their first satellite camp in Indianapolis (Ind.) Bishop Chatard High School where he was among the standouts. The 6-foot-5, 195-pounder only holds a Central Michigan offer so far, but is hearing from many programs. He told me hopes to hear more from Michigan and really likes the Wolverines, especially Jim Harbaugh. The Wolverines’ headman is a coach he stated he would love to play to for.
Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral 2018 running back Markese Stepp - The other major standout from Michigan’s Bishop Chatard camp was also on hand at Sound Mind Sound Body. The recent Michigan offer recipient maintains a strong interest in Michigan and what stands out about them is running back Tyrone Wheatley. The two have already built a good relationship and Stepp indicated that it grows stronger with each interaction.
Warren (Mich.) De La Salle 2017 athlete Allen Stritzinger - At one time the Wolverines were the leader for the versatile youngster, but contact has been on and off with Michigan for a while now. That said, he was told that while he couldn’t come to Ann Arbor as a running back due to spots, he might still be looked at on the defensive side of the ball. Harbaugh spent some time watching him work at Sound Mind Sound Body.
Detroit (Mich.) King 2017 cornerback Ambry Thomas - Arguably the top performer for the entire camp was Thomas. One of the nation’s top coveted defensive back prospects, the 5-foot-11, 180-pounder stood out all day long from his quickness, speed, strength, and fieriness. Several schools are still in the hunt for him including the in-state powers of Michigan and Michigan State. He stated his interest level in the Wolverines is pretty high and the importance of playing with his cousin, Jaylen Kelly-Powell in college is high as well. He declined to name favorites, but the former teammates and or friends at Michigan State, Michigan, and Ohio State are strong attributes for those schools. He also mentioned a burgeoning relationship with Arizona. He capped the day of with an offer from Oregon today and said he will look into the Ducks more by possibly taking a visit out to Eugene.
Rockford (Mich.) 2018 quarterback Jason Whittaker - At 6-5, 195-pounds, Whittaker looked the part and grabbed the attention of many including Jim Harbaugh. He told me he would like to go the Michigan quarterback camp, but already planned on going to Michigan State’s camp which happens to be at the same time. Still, he’s definitely interested in the Wolverines and is close friends with 2016 kicker signee, Quinn Nordin. He even attended Nordin’s signing ceremony at his home back in February.
For more on these and other Michigan targets in action (including video) from Sound Mind Sound Body, click here.