Signing Day Capsule: J.R. Hemingway Scouting Report: A downfield leaper, Hemingway may not be the fastest player on the field but he certainly stretches it with his ability to go up for the grab. Great hands, catches everything, and his experience as a quarterback helps him understand how important it is to get on the same page. For more including Video Highlights, check inside.

J.R. Hemingway
Wide Receiver 6-1.5/202/4.50
Conway HS (Conway, SC)
NR: **** - Position Rank: 26 Player Video
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His Recruiting Story
Hemingway is another of the Michigan camp discoveries in the 2007 class.  The physical yet elusive receiver wowed onlookers at the 2005 summer camp with his ability to catch passes in traffic and beat every corner he faced.  His deceptive speed (winner of the smokehouse award as the fastest receiver in the entire camp) and leaping ability (37-inch vertical) immediately caught the attention of Wolverine receivers coach Erik Campbell.  From that point on Hemingway was one of Campbell's top priorities.

"Coach Campbell is a good coach," Hemingway said. "He's cool guy that I think I could get along with."

Hemingway's offer sheet grew to nearly thirty after an impressive junior campaign in which he hauled in 52 passes for 846 yards and 10 touchdowns.  By the summer he had narrowed it down to six prominent programs; Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Florida, Miami, and South Carolina.

Hemingway opted not to camp at any of his favorites, opting instead to unofficially visit all of them.

Throughout the recruiting process, he was in frequent contact with Ryan Mallett, and the future Michigan signal caller made sure he let the talented receiver know that his superb receiving skills were needed in Ann Arbor.

After recapping what he'd learned about each school over the summer, Hemingway decided to verbally commit to the Maize & Blue on August 24th. The Michigan coaching staff may have been among the last people to find out which school he pledged to, but after being told of his decision, the timing of that disclosure probably seemed irrelevant.

"After I (announced the choice at his press conference), I called them," Hemingway said. "They were excited and they said they were looking forward to coaching me. They can't wait until I get up there."

As Hemingway's decision-date drew closer, many believed that distance from home would become more of a factor. But as he had been saying throughout the process, that ultimately did not play a significant role.

"I didn't worry about that," said Hemingway. "I used to go to camps and stuff away from home for a few weeks. That didn't really bother me. Going to Michigan's camp helped out some…me staying out there for a week that far away. It didn't really faze me that much."

"Michigan produces good wide receivers every year," he said.  "They know football. You hear about them all the time and they are always on TV. It's a big school and it's also one of the best to major in business."

GoBlueWolverine Commentary
Hemingway is an outstanding blend of power and speed at the receiver position.  He should be exceptional at working the middle of the field for the Wolverine thanks to his outstanding hands, good size, and tackle breaking ability.  That said, fans and adversaries should be careful not to pigeon-hole him by thinking he is a possession receiver.  He may not have great speed (4.5 in the forty), but he has more than enough to get deep and be a big play threat for his team.

"I make big plays when I need to make them," Hemingway said. "I try my hardest to catch everything that's thrown to me… high or low. Punt return, kick return, I try to make things happen on those as well. I just try to make plays when it's time to make plays."

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