Michigan Kids Strong At Army Jr. Combine

There were at least three instate Michigan juniors who made impressions at the US Army Junior Combine. GoBlueWolverine scouted and interviewed them -- and an Ohio offensive lineman as well.

1. Vince Helmuth from Saline, Michigan (an Ann Arbor suburb) was a constant presence at Michigan football games this past fall, so we watched him closely at the combine. He'd lost some weight and, mainly, had REALLY gotten himself into excellent shape since last fall, when he had looked like an average-looking defensive lineman.

At the combine Helmuth looked 6-foot-2, a rock-hard 250-260 pounds, and he worked out at fullback. Vince runs with an upright form, his running form reminiscent somewhat of a piston -- but he ran an excellent 4.34 second shuttle, meaning he probably CAN play fullback. He had a very good 24 bench press reps too. As far as his interest in Michigan, he told GoBlueWolverine, "I went to every game this fall but the Eastern Michigan game ... I did go to one Ohio State game too."

Vince Helmuth

2. Mark Weterer is a 6-foot-4, 300-pounder from Cincinnati Anderson, Ohio who showed good strength and agility in the position drills. Weterer went to two Michigan games this past fall, Minnesota and Ohio State, and is considered a top 20 Ohio junior. He told GBW, "I plan to camp this summer at Notre Dame, Ohio State and Michigan. Those are my favorites. I'm also looking at Florida State and Georgia."

3. Another O-liner, Ryan Wheat, was, like Helmith, a regular at Michigan games this past fall, taking in most if not all of them. Wheat is a teammate of U-M commitment Quintin Patilla at Flint Carmen-Ainesworth. Wheat looked 6-4, 280-290 and had a very good 26 bench press reps. He also had pretty good agility. He doesn't have a 'college body' yet, and the big guy has to work on that. He worked out a defensive line at the combine, but his future may be on the offensive side of the ball.

Ryan Wheat

4. Defensive back Derek Knight from Detroit Renaissance looked 6-0, 190, and put in a good performance. He looked like a 4.6 40 kid, and so is probably a safety prospect. He looked good in coverage drills. He has also been spotted at Michigan games this past fall, telling us, "I went to the Ohio State and Indiana games last fall. And I'm going to the Michigan camp this summer."

Derek Knight (left)

5. Brandon Beachum, a 6-0, 180-pound defensive back from Cincinnati Ohio was excellent in drills -- but he is one of those kids who was thought to be a junior but turns out to be only a sophomore -- store this kid's name away for future reference.

Brandon Beachum (left)

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