Fork Union Military Academy is a school that should be familiar to most Michigan fans. It's the same program that produced last years Big Ten Player of the year...former Wolverine, Chris Perry. It also produced former Ohio State great Eddie George. The next big timer slated to emerge from the tradition-rich school is WR/CB Brandon Caleb.
The versatile athlete started the day at the Nike Camp at Virginia Tech measuring in at 6-1/194-pounds, and then running a 3.88 second shuttle and 4.52 forty (Nike 40's are electronic now). When it came time for the attendees to break up into positions, we thought he would go with the corners. He instead chose to go with the wideouts instead and it turned out to be a good decision. None of the defenders he faced could keep up. Even so, just because he prefers that position, it does not mean that he is opposed to playing defense at the next level. "I want to play receiver," Caleb told GBW afterwards. "But if I go to a school and I can't play receiver or I'm not good enough… I'm going to do anything to get on the field. If that means playing defense, so be it." Based on what we saw, "not being good enough" will not be an issue.
The artificial surface inside Rector Field House burned its fair share of players yesterday, but Caleb torched a few more. Defenders played off and they played tight, but neither tactic was successful. The first thing you notice about Caleb is his build. The young man looks ready for college right now and is already physically strong enough to effectively defeat the jam. If his strength doesn't get you, his speed and agility will. He had no problems gaining separation or getting deep thanks in large part to a very nice burst. He was one of the few receivers we observed that really exploded out of his breaks. Though he did drop a few coming out of his cuts, he snagged the ball right out of the air the majority of the time.
Caleb was definitely one of the head turners on the day, and that was his goal going in. "It was a great experience," Caleb said of the camp. "I'm coming from a camp in Tennessee last night. I came down here and got an opportunity to play with the best guys in Virginia. I'm just trying to do my thing and get my name out there."
Caleb's name certainly looks to be making the rounds. He currently holds offers from Syracuse, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Virginia Tech, Michigan State, and recently received one from Purdue. Though he does not hold one from Michigan at this point, he still hears from the Wolverines and indicated that Ann Arbor is again a likely camp destination this summer.
Another prospect we kept a close eye on was Canton (OH) Glen Oak quarterback Mike Hartline (photo at left). It was a pleasant surprise to see the slender QB in drills, and he was the most complete quarterback in attendance. As was the case at the Army All-American Combine, he has both good velocity on his ball and good mobility. He was also the most accurate quarterback we observed.
GoBlueWolverine will have more on all of these players, their performances and more in the coming days.