Michigan Camp Wrap-up

GoBlueWolverine's Michigan Camp Wrap-up, position by position: offers, possible/probable commitments, top juniors -- it's all here.<br><br> Plus -- what would a likely 'camp recruiting class' look like? (you'll like the answer!)

Note: This is a 'post-camp' layout that can give U-M fans a recruiting focus for the next month or so (perhaps until U-M's late July Academic Junior Day). Of course, once some of the kids below start making their decisions, the focus will of course once again shift/expand.


Coming into camp there was only one camping quarterback with a U-M scholarship offer ... and afterwards there was still only one: Rob Schoenhoft (2-day '04 U-M Camper, '01/02/03 U-M camper, OSU Nike stats: 6-5 1/2, 233 lbs., 4.88 in the 40, 29 inch vertical jump, 2.8 GPA/23 ACT) from Cincinnati, Ohio, St. Xavier. After camp Robby told us that U-M had shot back up to the top for him again. But he still has stops to make at Notre Dame, Ohio State and Florida ... then he'll attend the Elite 11 Camp in late July, and make his decision soon after.


- Michigan's verbal commitment was a non-attendeee: Kevin Grady ('02s U-M Camper, 5-9, 230 lbs., 4.5 in the 40, 2.7 GPA) from East Grand Rapids, Mich.
But never fear, Grady is going to summer school so he can enroll at U-M in Jan. '05.

- And as we all know, Muchigan picked up a fullback commitment from camp: Mister Simpson (5-9, 220 lbs., 4.5 in the 40 ... Nike stats: 31 bench press reps, 35.8 inch vertical jump) from Cincinnati Colerain.

In addition, two big attention-getters at camp were two rising juniors, both of whom have reportedly been offered scholarships by Michigan.

- Chris Wells (One day camper Tues, 6-2, 225 lbs., an 'A-Train clone') from Akron, Ohio.
Wells is considered the #1 rising Ohio junior -- and he's the cousin of former U-M TB great Blly Taylor (back in the '69 days of Bo's first Rose Bowl team) ... and an admitted U-M fan.

- Jeremiah Hunter (Two day camper, 6-1, 190 lbs., and FAST) from Penn.


Both of Michigan's wideout commitments were in attendance:

- Mario Manningham (One day U-M Camper Tues., {he's grown to} 6-0, 180 lbs., 4.4 in the 40) from Warren, Ohio, Harding (the alma mater of Prescott Burgess).
Mario is growing and developing physically ... he's an inch taller at 6-0 now, and is also noticabley stronger. He ran the camp's fastest 40 time of 4.50 (U-M's electronically-timed field-turf 40's are just about the slowest imaginable).

- LaTerryal Savoy (Full week '04 Camp Visitor, LSU Junior Day: 6-2 1/2, 196 lbs.; LSU Nike stats: 4.59 in the 40, 4.18 sec. shuttle, 37 inch vertical jump, 14 bench press reps. ... 300 lb. bench press, 2.5 GPA/14 ACT) from Mamou, La.
Laterryl attended for three days accompanied by most of his coaching staff. And at this point his U-M commitment is solid.

- The camp's top-recruit (who has an offer) no-show: Athlete (WR/DB/QB) Antonio Bass (6-1, 190 lbs., 4.4 in the 40, 3.0 GPA) from Jackson, Mich.
Antonio is one of U-M's very top recruits, so his absence caused U-M recruiting fans a bit of worry ... but Antonio's mother told us that there was a death of a close family friend -- and that Antonio would be attending NO summer camps.


- Michigan's O-line commitment was not in attendance this year: Justin Schifano (2003 Michigan Camper, 2003 PSU Nike stats: 6-4 1/2, 302 lbs., 5.1 in the 40, 30 bench press reps. of 185 lbs. ... 400 lb. bench press, "A" avg./qualified) from Webster, N.Y., Schroeder.

There was one OL camper(from what we've learned so far) who earned a scholarship offer at camp: Offensive tackle Cory Zirbel (Full week '04 U-M Camper, 6-6, 290 lbs., 5.1 in the 40, 365 lb. bench press, 3.2 GPA/19 ACT) from Murray, Kent.
Zirbel went right from the U-M camp to OSU's for a day ... then he is going to Wisconsin and Minnesota for visits ... he should decide by mid-July, and U-M leads.

- There was one OL camper who already had a U-M offer coming in: David Moosman (Two-day '04 U-M Camper Mon./Tues., 6-3, 260 lbs., 5.3 in the 40, 360 lb. bench press, 2.9 GPA) from Libertyville, Ill.
Moosman told us afterwards that U-M was his favorite of the three schools he'd camped at so far (Iowa and Wisconsin), but he is also camping at Notre Dame this coming week (the main competition?). And, he told us, he does not feel in a hurry to make a decision.


- The top-recruit DT no-show (who has a U-M offer): Terrance Taylor ('03 U-M Camper, 6-0, 285 lbs., 4.9 in the 40, 2.8 GPA/20 ACT) from Muskegon, Mich.
Terrance told us that he was staying home to attend summer school -- and that U-M is still his favorite.

- The once-and-hopefully-future commitment: ‘Jumbo athlete' (DL/TE) James McKinney (Full week Camper, US Army Combine stats: 6-1 1/2, 274 lbs., 5.10 in the 40, 14 bench press reps., 24 1/2 inch vertical jump, 2.7 GPA) from Louisville, Kent., Central.
McKinney was a full week camper, and worked out at both tight end and defensive lineman. Afterward his uncle told us that Michigan may be his only camp.

- A sleeper who won a camp offer: defensive end/outside linebacker Chris McLaurin (Three Day Camper, 6-4, 225 lbs. and FAST) from Orchard Lake, Mich., St. Mary's.
McLaurin is a sleek, fast OLB/DE, and this is a position of multi-signee-need for U-M ... so it makes perfect sense that a camp offer would be awarded to a worthy performer. McLaurin told us he'll be committing to U-M THursday afternoon.

- A top DL no-show who plans to make a later-summer unofficial visit with his coaches and teammates (as part of a 'Midwest tour including OSU and other schools): Defensive/offensive tackle Marques Slocum (PSU Nike stats: 6-6, 330 lbs., 5.09 in the 40 ... 300 lb. bench press) from Philadelphia St. John Neumann.
He grew up a U-M fan and U-M has offered him.

- Another top no-show: Defensive end Hivera Green (6-5, 260 lbs.,4.75 in the 40) from Conway, S.C.
He told us, "I was disappointed I didn't get to go up there for the camp. I talked to the coaches and I'm going to try and get up there yet, I'm for sure going to visit Michigan for one of my five official visits." Green said Florida and Florida State would get two of the remaining visits.


- The top-recruit LB no-show (who has a U-M offer): Brandon Logan (02 & 03 U-M Camper, US Army Combine stats: 6-0, 189 lbs., 4.72 in the 40, 11 bench press reps., 26 inch vertical jump.) from Lexington, Kent., Catholic.
Logan told us he has a hamstrong injury and so did not attend, but he will make an unofficial visit to U-M later in the summer.

- Another top LB no-show (who we were going to be watching for a camp offer): Andre Mathis (PSU Nike stats: 6-2, 230 lbs., 4.69 in the 40, 4.19 sec. shuttle, 33.2 inch vertical jump, 25 bench press reps. ... 3.2 GPA) from Erie, Pa., Cathredal Prep.
Mathis suddenly decided to attend NO summer camps. He has quite a few offers now, and will be making official visits to those schools this summer (Tennessee, Ohio State, and Penn State) ... and to U-M. We'll see if he visits, and if so if he receives a U-M offer.


- Michigan's top CB recruit (who has a U-M offer) made a one-day visit on Sunday: Justin King (Returned home Sunday night, 5-11, 182 lbs., 2003 PSU Nike stats: 4.29 in the 40, 3.72 sec. shuttle {best of camp}, 37.1 inch vertical jump {best of camp}, 11 bench press reps., 3.0 GPA) from Monroeville, Pa.
King told us he spent the day with U-M's 'Western PA gang' of Marlin Jackson, Ryan Mundy and Steve Breaston, and got more comfortable with U-M. He also travels to OSU, USC and Florida this summer. With U-M and PSU his favs, he might make a late summer decision.

- Another top top CB recruit (who has a U-M offer) made a one-day visit on Saturday, the day before the camp: Derek Pegues (Saturday visitor, 5-11, 190 lbs., 4.4 in the 40, 2.8 GPA/18 ACT) from Batesville, Miss., South Panola.
Pegues came into the visit telling us that U-M and Tennessee were his favorites, but he spent the week before the U-M visit at the Notre Dame Camp ... an afterwards he said he was "open" with Notre Dame definitely in the mix as well.

- A sleeper CB who won a camp offer: Chris Richards (2 day U-M Camper Mon./Tues., SDST Nike Stats: 5-11 1/2, 170 lbs., 4.45 in the 40, 4.0 sec. shuttle, 36 inch vertical jump) from Monroe, Calif.
Richards committed with a 'greyshirt offer' to enter U-M in Jan. '06 (and thus count towards the 05/06 U-M recruting class numbers).

- And a top junior safety who reportedly received a U-M offer: Myron Rolle (one day camper Wed., 6-1 1/2, 204 lbs.) from Galloway, N.J., The Hun School.
Rolle was the top defensive back overall at the PSU Nike Camp, and is perhaps the top rising junior safety in the country.

KICKERS - Another camp commitment: Punter Zoltan Mesko (6-4, 230 lbs.) from Twinsburg, Ohio.

BOTTOM LINE: what would a likely 'camp recruiting class' look like?

U-M came into camp with five commitments (RB Grady, WR's Manningham and Savoy, OL Schifano and DB Sears), got two from camp (FB Simpson and P Mekso) with another on the way (DE/OLB McLaurin) and even one for 05/06 (DB Richards) ... and may be looking at two more possible commitments from campers this summer:

QB Robby Schoenhoft
OL Cory Zirbel

If Michigan were also to add the above-listed:
WR Antonio Bass,
OL David Moosman,
DT Terrance Taylor,
DL James McKinney,
LB Brandon Logan,
and CB Justin King to the class ...
This would make up a class of 16 recruits which, we believe, would put U-M solidly into Top Ten Recruiting Class territory.
Of these sixteen players, we believe nine (QB Schoenhoft, RB Grady, WR Manningham, Ath Bass, OL Zirbel, OL Schifano, DL McKinney, DL Taylor, and CB King) will likely receive top-100 player rankings from at least one source.

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