PSU Combine: First Overview Report

For the second year in a row GoBlueWolverine made the treck into the hinterlands of Central Pennsylvania for the <b>Penn State Nike Camp</b>. Detailed reports and many photo to come. For now here's an overview.

Our top non-performer of the Camp: cornerback Justin King from Monroesville, Pa. Justin was nursing a sore hamstrong he suffered running track, so he did not work out at all except to do the bench press -- 15 reps. of 185 lbs., good for a defensive back. Justin looked fully 5-11 and, we'd estimate, 185 lbs. (actually, Sam says 185, Tom says 180 ... but he is basically the same height and weight as Marlin Jackson and Markus Curry). We chatted on and off during the day with Justin, and with his stepfather/coach Terry Smith. The one thing of note: Justin assured us, "I'll be at the Michigan Camp. My hamstring will be fine by then."

Our top Michigan-recruit-performer of the camp: the massive Marques Slocum from Philadelphia St. John Neumann. He looked 6-5 and well over 300 lbs. (315?) and told us he ran a 5.09 sec. 40. Marcus is a natural jum-jum-jumbo athlete who has not really gotten himself into tip-top shape as yet, or been in the weight room much, etc. He looked to us like a cross between the '03 Camp Alan Branch' (when Allen was a bit overweight and out of shape with a stress fracture) and a taller-but-not-quite-as-massive Gabe Watson. Sam Webb will have a report on him -- including a surprise appearance by him in A2.

Two other performances of note -- from linebackers who told us during the day that they will be Michigan Campers:

- Linebacker Lamont Robinson (6-2, 220 lbs., 4.29 shuttle, 20 bench press reps) from Salem, N.J. He reminded us a little of Ian Gold, and is excited that Michigan has become seriously interested in him. We'll have our interview on him a little later.

- Andre Mathis (6-2, 230 lbs., 4.69 in the 40, 4.19 in the shuttle, 33.2 inch vertical jump, 25 bench press reps.) from Erie, Pa., Cathedral Prep.

These may be the top U-M recruit performers Saturday. Some others of note:

- Defensive lineman Walker Ashley (he looked 6-4, 275 lbs. and had stats of: 4.9 in the 40, 4.9 sec. shuttle, 24.5 inch vertical jump) from from Eden Prairie, Minn. He told us, "Michigan was in my school recently, but they haven't offered me. I would come to the Michigan Camp if they show enough interest."

- Running back Mikell Simpson (6-2, 200 lbs., 4.38 in the 40, 4.0 sec. shuttle, 30.8 inch vertical). He attended the Feb. 29 Junior Day.

- Quarterback Gene Delle Donne from Wilmington, Del., Salesianum School.

- Pa. RB Mario Henry
- Pa. RB Steve Slaton
- Pa. TE Scott Uziel
- Pa. TE Jason Kacinko. He attended the Feb. 29 Junior Day.
- Md. OL Jon Walko
- N.J. OL Ryan Blaszczyk
- D.C. OL Kevin Wiggins
- Pa. OL Dave McClain
- Mich. DL Isiah Mims.

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