The Atlanta Nike Opening: Michigan report

The Michigan Insider breaks down the targets that performed in The Nike Opening camp held in Atlanta on Sunday.

The Nike Opening camp in Atlanta was filled to the brim with talent that appeared on the field on Sunday. Of course, Michigan was a name that was mentioned by multiple recruits throughout the event. The Michigan Insider's Josh Newkirk and Sam Webb break down the performers that stuck out and their standing with Michigan.

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Newkirk's Take:

J.J. Peterson:

He's a fast, athletic linebacker that can move well inside and outside. Things that stood out in warmups was him doing backflips, many top schools in the country will be on him due to his athleticism. Interest between Peterson and Michigan is mutual, the Wolverines should make his top 10 list.

Jamaree Salyer:

He's every bit of his height and weight, looked like the best prospect and proved it throughout the camp. Lost only one rep and was named the camp MVP as well as earning an invite to The Opening in the process. He looked like the total package and should be an anchor on someone's offensive line for years to come. Mutual interest between him and Michigan, says he wants to take a visit but will he visit is the question?

Trey Hill:

If Salyer was the number one lineman, Hill was a close number two. He is by far the strongest lineman and was throwing others during camp. His strength is on a different level and will have cut down on his weight. He has all the abilities you're looking for in an offensive guard but will have to work on his technique. Hill plans to visit Michigan in the future.

James Ohonba:

Another lineman with a Michigan offer, looked good early but faded late. Likely due to his conditioning but will get that fixed at the collegiate level. When he had full energy, he looked like the part of a four-star offensive lineman. Says he would like to visit Michigan and is looking for a school with a strong mechanical engineering program.

Coynis Miller:

Only took one set of reps and looked good doing it as he won them both. I spoke to him and he said that he wasn't injured. Based on limited reps, he showed a lot of promise. Wish we could've seen more out of him. He's another player that wants to visit Michigan.

Christopher Smith:

Named cornerback MVP. Fluid cornerback and looks good getting out of his break, nice hips and has good speed. Will only get faster when he gets into a good program. Plans on visiting in the next week and will see a spring practice. Has high interest in Michigan and is someone to look out for in the state of Georgia.

Webb's Take:

Myles Sims:

6'3, 179 and really fluid. You wonder if kids as long as him are coordinated if they have loose hips. The answer for Simms is yes, all of the above. He showed ability to break on the ball exceptionally well. Has really good football and ball speed, a really good jum0pball guy. Wants to be a corner and looks like he could play it at the college level. If that doesn't work out he could be an outstanding safety. Michigan is Clemson, LSU, Georgia and Florida to name a few. Was born in Michigan, moved south when he was in the first grade. Parents worked at General Motors in Detroit for over a decade. Visited Michigan a few weeks ago and said it was the best visit he's been on. Planning on returning for the spring and plans on making a decision next month. Stay tuned to The Michigan Insider for this developing story.

Otis Reese:

Worked out at safety, he is a physical defender that does his best in coverage when he can get his hands on receivers and can redirect them. When he didn't get his hands on receivers today, he didn't have as much success. Ideally, he'll play the hybrid role at the collegiate level that Michigan has planned for him. He maintains that he is a U-M commit and remains in contact with Chris Partridge but also makes it clear he will be visiting a number of schools moving forward. He is coming off a visit to Georgia that caught his attention. He was out in his Maize and Blue cleats and gloves and was answering questions from numerous recruits about what Michigan is like. Will make a return visit to Michigan in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to The Michigan Insider for more.

Kearis Jackson:

A physical receiver that uses his strength to create separation, not a burner but good route runner. Strong hands that he uses to catch the football, doesn't body catch like a lot of receivers that were there. Michigan is among his top schools, established a nice rapport with Partridge. Michigan's position on his leaderboard will be a function of whether or not he makes it on campus for a visit. He says he plans on a visit, hopefully sometime this spring.

Asa Martin:

Former IMG Academy RB that moved back home to Alabama. The experience at IMG showed him that distance will not be a factor in his recruitment moving forward. Mentioned Michigan among his top schools. Florida is thought by many to be the leader. He says Michigan is in extremely good standing thanks to new running backs coach Jay Harbaugh. He hopes to visit Ann Arbor sometime this spring.

Will Mallory:

The Michigan legacy was really good today. Has really filled out over the past year and has not lost any speed or quickness. Terrific hands, every bit of 6'6. Is definitely in the mold of the recent pass catching tight end that Michigan has hauled in. Michigan is clearly still among his favorites along with Miami, Georgia and Clemson. He plans to make it back up to Michigan this spring. He said Michigan is his lifelong favorite but is setting that aside to make the best decision for him. He plans to have it made by the end of the summer.

Derrik Allen:

The Notre Dame commit was one of the bigger safeties in attendance but moves really well. Great hips for a safety. Was named one of the top defensive backs in the camp. Despite being committed to Notre Dame, he says he is still entertaining overtures from other schools including Ohio State and Michigan. Has already visited Columbus, says he will do so again but will also visit Ann Arbor. Academics are a major key.

Josh Newkirk and Sam Webb contributed to this report.

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