Interview by Sam Webb, story by Josh Henschke
One of the top performing offensive lineman of The Opening was five-star offensive lineman Jamaree Salyer. Unlike his peers, however, he was also one of the youngest players there.
The 2018 prospect performed well against his older counterparts throughout the weekend. Despite the obvious learning curve when it comes to facing premier talent, Salyer believes he performed well throughout The Opening finals.
"I think I measured up pretty good," Salyer said. "I kind of overestimated myself a little bit and I had to tone it down and kind of get back into the groove. Working with coach (LeCharles) Bentley helped me out, they gave me a lot of center reps when I play guard. Those center reps really helped me out."
The next step is to figure out where he wants to play on the offensive line, and Salyer will certainly have options a year from now. With his comfortability at the guard position, some schools are giving him a choice where he wants to line while others see him as strictly a center.
Either way, Salyer says he's willing to compete.
"A lot of schools say that I can play both (guard and center)," Salyer said. "Some schools are giving me an option, some schools are saying 'we want you at center' while some say 'we want you at guard.' It could go either way, that doesn't really matter to me. I'm really willing to battle for each position."
With 15 offers in tow, including one from the Wolverines, when asked who is sticking out from the pack, two schools immediately came to mind.
"I'm really liking Georgia and Clemson right now," Salyer said. "Those are not the only schools I like but just to name a couple off the top of my head. They're doing a great job recruiting me, great coaching staff."
The Wolverines offer took Salyer a little bit by suprise when it came down the pipeline last winter. While not having much contact with the coaching staff, they apparently saw everything they needed to extend him an offer.
"I wouldn't say I saw it coming," Salyer said. "It kind of came out of the blue. I didn't have much contact with the coaches before they offered me but coach came up there and offered me."
While his plans are unclear for future visits, Salyer says he will 'definitely' visit U-M for a game this season. The coaching staff have also pressed for one as well.
"I think they want me to come up for a visit," Salyer said. "I talk to the coaches every once in a while, my coach keeps in contact with them and let me know what they say. I think they want me to come up for a visit to get a feel about what Michigan is about."