Story by Eugene Hankerson
The Michigan coaching staff hosted a satellite camp at Cheshire Academy in Connecticut last week, which saw many of the local talent checking out what the Wolverines had to offer.
2017 four-star ATH C.J. Holmes, who attends Cheshire Academy, was in attendance. It was the perfect opportunity for him to see firsthand what the U-M coaching staff was all about.
"I came to this camp today to support my school, and a lot of the coaches that are recruiting are here," Holmes said. "I figured it'd be a great opportunity to get in front of them, get coached up by them, and see how we interact with one another."
The opportunity to perform directly in front of the Wolverine assistant coaches is something Holmes relished since he's being recruited to play on both sides of the ball.
"That was great for me because I feel like I can impact Michigan on the offensive side of the ball although they're recruiting me for defense," he said. "I'm also very confident in myself knowing that I can be a force on that side of the ball as well. So being able to have their offensive and defensive coaches here was a great pleasure for me."
With Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown looking on, Holmes felt it was the perfect time to take some defensive reps.
"It's something that I feel I can do," said Holmes of his defensive abilities. "It's funny because I actually play running back for my high school team. I took the defensive reps just to show coach Don Brown that I appreciate him recruiting me on defense and that I can be dominant."
The four-star talent is looking for a balance of athletics and academics in his potential suitors. He plans to take some trips to programs this summer.
"I'll definitely get up to visit Michigan," Holmes said. "Going to try and get to Penn State and Alabama. I'm trying to make rounds,where I can get to. Syracuse, Tennessee, it doesn't matter."
These summer visits appear to be key, as his college decision could come soon.
"I'd like to commit by the end of the summer or beginning of the football season."