Taurian Washington's morning didn't quite go as planned. He left his helmet and gloves at school so he was given loaners. The oversized helmet and bare hands made it tough for him to see and catch the ball (especially Mallett’s lasers). Still, he showed a solid burst and good route running skills. He and teammate Dionte Allen went home for the afternoon, but both could return Wednesday.
Speaking of Allen, he faired a little better. He looked quick in coverage and showed excellent instincts. He stayed right in his man’s hip pocket throughout 7-7s and made several nice breaks on the ball.
Eugene Clifford can probably play anywhere in the defensive backfield, but safety is clearly his best position. In 7-7s, he was very natural and instinctive and safety and almost made a couple nice interceptions after doing an excellent job reading routes.
Jordan Mabin had a strong morning. He made a couple excellent breaks on the ball and made an awesome play breaking up a post route. He followed that up by jumping a Mallett to Washington out route for an INT.
Other players who enjoyed solid outings were the cat quick Troy Wolfolk (we'll have more on his newly updated list of offers sheet later) and Wolverine commit Artis Chambers, and safety prospect Eli Biakabatuka.
The afternoon session featured the linemen and a couple of Michigan recruits performed very well. Josh Brent, a player the Wolverines have offered, looked excellent. He is a different kind of tackle than Michigan has had recently. He is a quick, penetrating type lineman that isn't necessarily a true run stuffer. He showed great pass rush technique and agile feet. He will need to add some size and strength, but this is a very technically sound and explosive lineman.
Junior OT J.B. Shugarts has been one of the more talked about players so far. He is a big kid who has a ton of upside. He had a number of fierce battles with Brent and more than held his own in their later matchups.
The most impressive lineman of the day was Wolverine commitment Ryan VanBergen. He was unstoppable in 1-1s. On a couple occasions, he was so quick and changed directions so well that he was barely even touched by the opposing lineman. He also showed great intensity and motor. He won every individual battle on the afternoon. This is the kind of player you want on your defense. In short, he plays mean.
Another notable was Mike Brewster. He is a legit 6-4/6-5 and was very effective at offensive guard, showing both quickness and power.