U-M Camp Day One: Mallett's a Sledgehammer

As usual, quarterbacks highlight the Michigan Camp's first evening. And the most dazzling was rising junior quarterback Ryan Mallett from Texarkana, Texas.

We'll list top prospects spotted/not spotted Sunday evening, and then cover the highlight of the evening, the quarterbacks.

Rankings are by position by Jim S.

Prospects spotted/not spotted:

Defensive Backs:

The top prospects were not yet there:

--- Attending Tues.: (4) A.J. Wallace DB/RB 6'1 195 4.37 Pomfret McDonough Maryland.

--- Ronald Johnson DB/RB 6'1 168 Michigan Muskegon. He is coming Monday or Tuesday.
--- Dionte Allen DB/RB/WR 6'0 170 Michigan Orchard Lake St. Mary's. He is expected to attend.


Commitment Brandon Graham was not spotted, but in attendance was (29) Cobrani Mixon LB 6'2 220 4.60 Cincinnati Colerain Ohio. Mixon is getting bigger and is very athletic.

Defensive Linemen:

-- Not spotted was (44) Corey Peters DL 6'2 275 5.00 Louisville Central Kentucky.
-- Not attending until Monday: (82) Aundre Henderson DL 6'4 280 4.90 Louisville Manual Kentucky.

Offensive Linemen:

-- Spotted was (14) Connor Smith OL 6'4 280 5.10 Cincinnati Colerain

Tight Ends

Attending Monday as a visitor not a camper: 5 Dedrick Epps LB/TE 6'4 227 4.6 Richmond Huguenot Virginia. By the way, don't be surprised if he does NOT commit.

Wide Receivers

Spotted (but not observed at length) was (18) Greg Mathews WR 6'4 185 Orlando Edgewater Florida.


Which brings us to Quarterbacks.

In attendance late but not not performing until Monday: (9) Pat Devlin QB 6'4 193 4.78 Downingtown East Pennsylvania. He has a U-M offer.

In attendance: (7) Neil Caudle QB 6'3 192 4.60 Hoover Spain Park Alabama.

In attendance and, observers agreed, doing well: Lefty (62) Sean Hakes QB 6'3 190 4.67 Fort Worth Nolan Catholic Texas.

In attendance and, observers agreed, showing the fastest QB feet in recent U-M Camp memory: Rising junior QB Chris Forcier (6-1, 165 lbs.) from San Diego, Calif. St. Augustine. He is the younger brother of incoming freshman Jason Forcier. Chris is growing, but still looks more like a rising soph than rising junior. He already has offers from SDST and Arizona, and once he fills out he could be a top-top prospect.

Jeff Zeigler QB 6'5 200 Dexter Michigan. Zeigler looked like a solid Mac prospect.

Rising Junior James Stallons QB 6'3 180 Macomb Dakota Michigan. Stallons looks like he'll be a Div 1 prospect next year.

Which brings us, finally, to THE MAN: rising junior QB Ryan Mallett from Texarkana, Texas. The consensus of observers is that Mallett is the best prospect to attend a Michigan Camp since Kevin Grady two summers ago. At a true 6-5 and 235-pounds, Mallett is a bit reminiscent of Robby Schoenhoft a year ago, except that Mallett is a better athlete and also has an even better arm. In a word, he's POWERFUL. The kid has a Navarre-like cannon for an arm and the body of a college junior. He also has a great attitude on the floor and obviously loves the game of football. As we have mentioned before, Mallett was the top signal caller at the recent Ft. Worth Elite 11 Tryout, beating out all the rising seniors including recent Texas commitment Sherrod Harris. He has been named a 'ball boy' for the 2005 Elite 11 Camp this June (2-3 rising juniors are usually invited as 'ball boys').

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