Note: the field turf track was considered slow for 40 times -- keep that in mind when reading the times listed below (and this fact makes Bass' and especially Allison's time all the more impressive!).
The format of the Nike Camps is such that they feature mainly the quarterbacks, widouts and defensive backs. The final drills of the day are QB-WR-DB passing drills, RB vs. LB drills, and OL vs. DL drills -- and the QB-WR-DB drills are by far the most game-like and thus show the most as far as players' skills. And fortunately, for all the years we have been going to the combines, it has been quarterbacks, wideouts and defensive backs that we happened to be most interesting in watching. That was also true for this Saturday, although we watched stand-out performances in the other drills as well. Here is what we saw of interest to Michigan fans.
Near-Miss Duo for GBW's Top Three:
The Next Two: Almost-Near-Misses:
Nick Lawrence from Brighton, Mich. We met Nick before the camp started -- and later he happily came up to us and reported his stats: 6-2, a 4.8 sec. 40, a good 4.5 sec. shuttle, a very good 32. 5 inch vertical jump, and an impressive-for-a-LB 21 bench press reps of 185 lbs. In drills Nick, in our opinion, was a standout - strong and agile.
Other notable performances, by position:
- Soph. quarterback Miles Schlister. This rising junior looked 6-2, 200 lbs. and like Forcier impressed with both his arm and his feet. The Mark Bihl family has brought Miles to both last summer's Michigan Camp and an '03 fall game. And Miles told us he planned to attend the Michigan Camp again this summer, along with camps at LSU, Pitt and OSU.
- Quarterback Mikhail Eisler from Holt, Mich. Probably the second best dropback quarterback in the state after Marshall's Evan Sharpley (who was not in attendance), Eisler looked 6-4, and maybe 205 lbs. He showed a good arm but was hampered a bit by a knee brace on his left knee. Eisler told us that he is being recruited by MSU and Notre Dame, and that he would come to the Michigan Camp this summer for a day.
- Quarterback Zach Barnard from Owensboro, Kent., Catholic. The 4 star Max Emfinger prospect looked 6-4, 210 lbs., and had a solid arm.
- Wide receiver Brian Hartline from Canton, Oh., Glen Oak. Brian looked 6-2+ and about 185 lbs., and he told us he ran a 4.52 sec. 40 and a 4.37 sec. shuttle. He also told us he'd be attending the Michigan Camp this summer.
- Wide Receiver Andrew Means from Ohio. He measured 6-2, 203 lbs., and ran a 4.43 in the 40. His father told us he planned on attending the Michigan Camp.
- Wide receiver Talonnie Russell from Detroit De Porres. He looked his reported 5-11, and he told us he ran a 4.5 in the 40 (he might have scratched his time)> He also told us he may attend the Michigan Camp, but his dad told us his favorite is OSU. He was quick and sure-handed in drills.
- Wide receiver Donald Washington from Indianapolis Franklin Central looked 6-2+ and 180+ lbs. and did well in the QB/WR/DB drills. We'd previously spotted Washington at the OSU game last fall.
- Running back Javon Ringer from Dayton Chaminade-Julienne. Brandon Harrison's teammate told us he measured 5-10 (and we'd say 200 lbs), and that he was disappointed in (and may scratch) his 4.44 40 time (possibly incomparison to Harrisons ...). But he was proud of his (perhaps combine best?) 3.87 sec. shuttle. And in drills he looked strong and agile. Like Harrison, he told us he was attending the Michigan Camp this summer.
- Linebacker Nick Simon from Shaker Heights, Oh. He looked his reported 6-2, 220 lbs., and he told us he ran a 4.8 in the 40. In drills, Nick, in our opinion, was very good . He also told us he planned to attend the Michigan Summer Camp.
Other Notable Kids Spotted By Us:
- The Detroit DePorres team sent all of their top kids, along with Talonnie Russell, including LB/DE Terrance Thomas and WR David Grimes.
- Saginaw, Mich., High School sent a contingent of kids, including TE Emmanuel Southern (who looked 6-3, 220 lbs.) and QB/Ath. Jermaine Jenkins (who looked 6-1+, 190 lbs.).
- Another Thumb-area school school that sent a contingent of kids was Flint Carmen Ainesworth, including WR/DB Otis Wiley, who looked 6-0, 180 lbs. This was our third look at Wiley -- he also attended the Feb. 29 Junior Day and the 2004 U-M Spring Game.
- Running back Mister Simpson from Cincinnati, Oh., Colerain. Simpson looked 5-10 not his reported 6-1.
- Running back Tyrell Sutton (5-9, 180) from Akron Hoban.
And we repeat that we were not looking hard for kids who have not been mentioned regarding Michigan, so there were certainly other notables that we missed.
So that's it for this year's Upper Midwest Nike Camp. We thought we'd see Terrance Taylor and we were also hoping Evan Sharpley would show up -- but it was a surprisingly good camp nonetheless.