BOWIE, Md. -- While he was just a spectator at Michigan's satellite camp on Saturday, four-star 2019 wide receiver DeMarcco Hellams says he still had a “good” overall experience spending time with U-M’s coaches.
“The opportunity (was there) with the coaches in the area, I just took the opportunity to come and meet them and catch up on some things,” he said afterwards.
Hellams, after all, needed to stop and chat it up with Pep Hamilton, who is one of his main two recruiters with Michigan. He says Don Brown is the other.
“They are both my guys,” he said of Hamilton and Brown. “They are really down to earth cool coaches. They really care about the players.”
And Hellams had positive things to say about Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, too.
“He’s live,” he said of Harbaugh in complimentary way. “I’m not a fan of you know, so strict, he’s a coach that he’s about his business. But at the same time he knows how to interact with people and his players.”
Hellams, who visited Michigan for its spring game this year, says he plans to get back up to Ann Arbor for another visit this summer. This time, however, he wants U-M to layout a plan in his recruitment.
“Last time I went up there I got a chance to hangout with a couple players, I went on a campus tour” he said. “I’m really just looking to see how Michigan can strengthen my recruiting process.”
One plan Michigan is sticking to so far in Hellams recruitment is that they want him to either play wide receiver or safety, he says.
“They like me at wide receiver and safety,” he said. “Their message is they compare me to some of the safeties they have, safeties they got to the league. They let me know that they can really improve my game. And if I came there and worked hard, I could be successful at Michigan.”
Upcoming, Hellams says he’s planning to visit Alabama, Ohio State and North Carolina this summer. And if or when he takes these trips, he says he has a good idea of what he wants to see on these visits.
“(Seeing) campus life, getting a meaningful degree, football doesn’t last forever,” he said. “And sometimes when I go on tour I walked up to a regular student and ask them ‘how do you like this school?’ I get the perspective from a person who doesn’t play any sports, just see how the college life is.”