Future Michigan signal caller Ryan Mallett is making good on his promise to do everything in his power to make sure he is joined in Ann Arbor by a top flight recruiting class. The five-star quarterback initiated contact with yet another top prospect in recent days…Conway, South Carolina wide receiver J.R. Hemingway.
The 6-2, 205-pound Hemingway has fond memories of his time at Michigan's camp last summer. He didn't know much about the Maize and Blue heading in other than that some heralded pass-catchers had previously donned those colors.
"We wanted to go to schools that we knew put out good wide receivers so, me and my dad were like, 'Let's go camp at Michigan,' recalled Hemingway. "We just got a plane ticket and flew out there. It was a good experience. I was the fastest receiver there. I ran a 4.54 (electronically timed). That's when I picked up my first offer."
When asked if he recalled catching passes from a certain 6-6, 240-pound fireballer, Hemingway wasted little time answering.
"Oh yes," exclaimed Hemingway! "What do I remember most about him? He's got an arm! I just got off the internet just now looking at (the stories about his commitment). He texted me. He said that he just committed to Michigan and that he heard that I was one of the best in the country. He said that he wanted to throw to the best in the country. I haven't texted him back yet, but I will."
Like the others that Mallett has contacted thus far, his commitment certainly got Hemingway's attention, but the talented wideout isn't quite ready to take the plunge.
"Right now I have 21 offers," he said. "Notre Dame, South Carolina, Ohio State, and Virginia have been by my school. Others are coming by. Michigan will be in May 9th. I don't have a top five right now. I plan to trim my list down after spring practice. It ends the second week in May. I'll probably go to some camps this summer. I don't know where yet. It's possible that I might camp (at Michigan) again."
Michigan receivers coach Erik Campbell has seemingly made Hemingway one of his top priorities after seeing him at camp last summer, and the four-star wideout has definitely taken notice. "Coach Campbell is a good coach," Hemingway said. "He's cool guy that I think I could get along with. Michigan is going to be high on my list of schools that I think I might want to go to."
Hemingway also indicated that distance will not be a factor in his decision. "I'm just going to follow my heart," he said. "Wherever I think I need to go…that's where I'm going to go."
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Hemingway in the coming months.