First, the top unofficial visitor spotted at the tryout: OL Justin
Boren (6-foot-3, 290-pounds) from Pickerington North High in the Columbus,
Ohio suburbs. Boren was in attendance with his father -- former Wolverine Mike. Boren
did not commit to Michigan during the visit.
For the Elite 11 Quarterback Tryout Camp, there were no 40-yard dashes, no vertical jumps, no bench presses -- it was just passing-passing-passing. Throwing drills of all kinds: drop backs and roll-outs; and passes of all kinds, long and short. Two hours of drills in all. And after about an hour a 'top group' was formed of about 20 kids. All in all, there was plenty of time to see all the QB's make many throws of all types.
Three GoBlueWolverine staffers were in attendance, TJB, Sam Webb and Mark Ouimet. Here are our consensus top performers of the evening (and a rough consensus of onlookers as well), in order.
4. Kevin Smith (6-foot-2, 190-pounds) from Pennsylvania. As at the previous Saturday's PSU Nike, Smith made good throws again and again. Smith's dad told GBW that he is attracting a lot of MAC attention so far.
6. Isiah Williams from Chicago Vocational. The 6-foot-1 1/2, 200-pound 'athlete' told GBW he has QB offers from Iowa, Illinois and Purdue.
7. Will Fidler, 6-foot-3, 180-pounds, from Henderson County Ky. Jim S' No. 20 QB had a pretty consistant evening and showed a pretty good arm.
8. Rudy Kirbus. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounds, from Cleveland St. Ignatius Ohio , Jim S' No. 24 QB, had a so-so camp.
9. Miles Schlichter, 6-foot-1, 195-pounds, from Miami Trace, Ohio. Mobility is the forte of Jim S' No. 39 QB. He had his usual good mobility/okay arm performance.
Didn't make the top group:
11. Mike Canfield. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound QB from Lansing, Mich, Everett had, frankly, a below par evening. Jim S' No. 15 QB looked noticably nervous under the strutiny of the U-M coaches in attendance.
(the final four kids are in no particualr order)
12. Sean Hakes, 6-foot-3 180-pounds from Fort Worth, Texas, Nolan Catholic. He is Jim S' No. 13 QB.
13. Josh Rouhan 6-foot-3, 210-pounds from Howard City, Mich, Tri-County. He is Jim S' No. 35 QB.
14. Matt Forystek, 6-foot-3, 205-pounds from Dearborn, Mich., Divine Child. He is Jim S' No. 52 QB.
15. Austen Arnaud, 6-foot-3 205-pounds, from Ames, Iowa. He is Jim S' No. 16 QB.
16. Shane Tierney 6-2, 190-pounds from Stevensville-Lakeshore Michigan. He is Jim S' No. 67 QB.
Also in attendance was huge instate lineman Bryant Nowicki (6-foot-7, 370-pounds) from Bangor, Mich., John Glenn.