There were several notable performances at the U-M Combine. In the consensus
view of the three GoBlueWolverine staff members in attendance, here are The Top Three Performances (the three tied for top camp performer in GBW's opinion):
1-A. Offensive lineman Justin Boren from Pickerington, Ohio. Justin is growing extremely quickly in physical stature -- his father (former Wolverine LB) Mike told us he is up to 6-3 now, and that he came in weighing an huge 319 pounds. Justin ran an excellent 5.2 sec. 40 yard dash (electronic) and had an astounding 40 bench press repetitions of 185 pounds. He also had a 24 inch vertical jump. In the one-on-one OL vs. DL drills, he reminded GBW of Marcus Slocum a year earlier -- he tossed his poor opponents aside with one smackdown after another ... we're surprised no one got hurt. His younger brother (a line prospect himself in two more years) told us Justin was bench-pressing 460 pounds now. As far as his recruiting goes, he made an unofficial U-M visit on Friday, and dad-Mike told us that whereas, "Ohio State did lead a couple months ago because they'd been recruiting him for two years," Michigan has come after Justin hard since the U-M Junior Day this past February and has indeed caught up to the Buckeyes for him. And his decision will be made soon: "within the next month or so."
1-B. Defensive back/running back Steve Brown from Columbus, Indiana, East. The 6-1, 200-pound Brown's performance was the pleasant surprise of the day. First off, we thought he'd work out at running back, and were excited when he told us he'd be at DB for the day. And we were more excited when he came out of Oosterbaan practice facility and told us his 40 yard dash time: a blazing 4.39 (electronic, second fastest time of the day). And then when we watched him in the QB-WR-DB drills we were sold: in most of his matchups he locked down or manhandled his WR opponents, and made the one interception of the day. He made an unofficial visit to childhood-favorite Michigan on Friday, and met with Coach Carr in his office. He already had offers from Notre Dame, Nebraska, Purdue, Illinois, and Indiana -- did he get an offer from the Wolverines as well? GBW will post his interview on Sunday.
1-C. Michigan LB commitment Brandon Graham from Detroit Crockett. The 6-2 1/2 Graham looked a little out of shape at 250 pounds, but he ran an excellent 4.63 sec. 40 yard dash, and had very good measurements of a 28 inch vertical jump and 29 bench press repetitions. And most importantly, he was dominant in the LB-RB drills.
All three prospects definitely gave top-100-quality performances
on this day.
Next up: the remaining notable prospects.