Smith: Young CB Talent 'Even' in Spring Camp

Michigan secondary coach Brian Smith says young talent at cornerback is "pretty even" throughout spring camp.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Brian Smith didn’t name Michigan's starters at cornerback on Tuesday when speaking to the media.

However, U-M’s secondary coach  did say the level of talent between sophomore’s Lavert Hill and David Long Jr. and early enrolled freshman Ambry Thomas and Benjamin St. Juste is “pretty even” as Michigan heads into its spring game this Saturday.

“From a talent standpoint they are all pretty even,” Smith said. “They’re all pretty good players with a lot of potential. The ceiling is high for all four of those guys.”

Earlier this spring defensive coordinator Don Brown said Hill and Long Jr. were the early leaders for the two starting roles.

Right now, Smith would agree when comparing them to Thomas and St. Juste, at least for now anyways.   

“I think they started ahead of them from a natural standpoint, they’ve been here a year,” Smith said of Hill and Long Jr. “In my mind I trust them to go into the game more so than the other guys cause they know system and technique-wise they have been studying here for a year.”

Though, he says their margin for error is slim.

“So right now I would say they are ahead of them, but those young guys are pushing them everyday,” Smith said.

Michigan plays its annual spring game this Saturday at 1 p.m.

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