De'Gabriel Floyd was one of the youngest players on the field during Michigan's satellite camp at his high school Saturday, but he quickly established himself as one of the best. His showing in the smokehouse race for the big skill athletes in attendance showed Jim Harbaugh & company the 6-3, 220 lb. sophomore-to-be can really move.
Said Floyd, "they were just like, ‘you're pretty athletic for your size’ and (saying things) like ‘you're a pretty good player.’"
The talented youngster modestly concurred.
“I did pretty well," he said.
For those around the Hawkins program Floyd’s performance came as no surprise. He had already shown well enough to earn early offers from Pittsburgh, Colorado, Tennessee and Arizona. The camp gave Michigan the chance to see what all of the fuss is about and to further the rapport that began building during his visit to Ann Arbor with his seven-on-seven team in the spring.
"I liked (Michigan’s campus) a lot, honestly," said Floyd.
"I was pretty comfortable with their coaching staff (during the camp),” he later added. “They're pretty energetic and I like that."
As was the case with many of the other participants, Michigan headman Jim Harbaugh and defensive coordinator Don Brown made strong impressions.
"(Harbaugh) is a cool guy,” said Floyd. “He's pretty funny."
"(Brown) was pretty lively. He was pretty funny to me, so it was a comfortable situation."
That comfort grew even more when Floyd received some welcomed news from the Maize & Blue the very next day.
“I got the Michigan offer the morning after camp,” Floyd reported. “Coach Brown called (my coach) and we talked a little. The he told me they wanted to offer me a scholarship.”
“I was pretty excited because I know Michigan is a big school to have an opportunity to go to.”
The Golden State standout wasn’t ready to name favorites yet, but he admitted the scholarship from the Maize & Blue did affect their standing in his recruitment.
“As of right now they are (higher on the list),” said Floyd, “but as my high school career goes and as I make relationships with coaches there I’ll see where they end in my list of schools in the future.”
When the time finally comes to make a decision Floyd will base it on a couple of pivotal factors.
"Just somewhere I feel comfortable… (where) I feel like I'm at home,” he said. “I want my mom to have a good relationship with everybody I'm surrounded with and things like that."