Over the years, Michigan has discovered and eventually went on to land several players from their summer camp including current Wolverine senior corner Channing Stribling. The North Carolina corner was an unknown prospect coming into camp in 2012, but after his impressive performance in front of the coaches, he left with an offer in hand and shortly later gave his pledge to the Wolverines.
A few years later, another Stribling was once again at Michigan’s summer camp looking to make a name for himself in Channing’s younger brother, Loganville (Ga.) Grayson 2018 cornerback Mahari Stribling. The Peach State standout competed on both sides of the ball during his days at camp and had a good showing, but learned the Wolverine coaching staff preferred him more on one side.
“I think I did well considering there were only a handful of guys that went to both sides of the ball both days,” Stribling told The Michigan Insider. “It's not as easy as people think but yeah I think I did great. I talked to (Defensive Backs) Coach (Michael) Zordich, (Defensive Coordinator) Coach (Don) Brown and (Head) Coach (Jim) Harbaugh for a few, but I talked to Coach Zordich and Coach Brown more. They talked to me about picking what position to play and that for them to recruit me, I'd basically have to play defense.
I was really mad at myself because Michigan didn't offer me, I felt like I was good enough to be offered as an athlete, but I guess they didn't feel the same. I think because my brother played defensive back, they expected a five star corner, but the truth is this is my first year really taking defensive back seriously. I’m actually learning the position and that's why I leaned more towards offense because that's where my confidence is at.”
This wasn’t the only chance he got to work with the Wolverine coaching staff this summer as he also camped at the Atlanta satellite camp, which he thoroughly enjoyed.
“That camp was great and I really liked it,” said Stribling. “I went as a receiver and Pittsburgh seemed interested in me and it gave me a boost of confidence.”
Although Stribling hasn't earned an offer from the Maize and Blue, they still remain a school of high interest and if offered, then it would put the Wolverines in the driver’s seat.
“I've been to the locker room and weight rooms there, I have a good feel for the school, and it's somewhere I'd love to go,” said Stribling. It would mean a lot to me (if offered). No one really knows about the work that was put in to get to this point from a 5’10, 145-pound 9th grader running a 5 flat to a 6'2 170-pound up coming 11th grader running a 4.49. Michigan would be at the top of my list for sure.”
While Stribling’s recruitment is still beginning and currently holds an offer, he feels more could be on the way.
“Boston college is my only offer as of right now and I think Syracuse or Florida State are going to be next,” said Stribling. “Florida State wants me to come visit, so I'll be up there soon.”