Indiana was the place to be this weekend for those wanting to get a first hand look at a number of Michigan football and basketball prospects in action. GoBlueWolverine first made its way to Ft. Wayne to catch some late evening action at Spiece Run N’ Slam Classic... but before we run down the litany of names that were on display there, we’ll first give a brief breakdown of the Wolverine targets in action at the Purdue Nike Camp. (Be sure to stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine throughout the week for individual breakdowns of each of the prospects mentioned below).
The staff split up Saturday morning, with a few reporters staying on in Fort Wayne while I made my way over the West Lafayette. The state of Michigan was well represented by a host of talented prospects, led by the performance Jonas Gray. The Detroit Country Day tailback entered the combine with a bum hamstring that required rest, but he fought through the discomfort and put on an outstanding display of athleticism. One area in which showed particular improvement was his receiving ability. He was much more comfortable and sure-handed when receiving passes out of the backfield Saturday, which is clearly a sign of growth since he participated in the Army All-American combine back in January. Gray’s performance earned him MVP honors at the running back slot.
Not many prospects can come close to Jonas Gray when it comes to musculature, but Tucson’s Jamal Womble is one youngster that can. He is every bit the physical specimen as the position’s MVP and looked nearly as good in drills. Not much separated the two.
D.L. Moore, a wide receiver from Bowling Green Kentucky, was being closely watched by Michigan’s receivers coach Erik Campbell. The graceful 6-4, 180-pounder is not a blazer, but is a great leaper…and he was able to use his size and jumping ability to beat a number of defenders on the day. He has been fielding interest from the Wolverines and we should find out soon if the Maize & Blue plans to turn up the heat.
Speaking of Johnson, other than his match-up with Hollis, he had a nice day (as evidence by his positional MVP award). He isn’t the explosive athlete that his brother Ronald is, but he showed good hands and ran good routes. He is appeared a step or so faster than Moore which is probably why he more successful than his counterpart from Kentucky in at getting deep. He really needs to improve his strength though.
Kurt Wermers and Graham Pocic looked to be the class of the offensive line position. Pocic was amongst the biggest youngsters there and impressed with his strength. Wermers was a youngster that made great strides during the day. As the camp progressed he so too did his performance in pass-pro. He has good feet and will be looking to narrow his list down sometime in the next month.
Armond Staten from Inkster is another in-stater to keep an eye on. The physically imposing LB will head to Michigan’s camp at which point the staff will get a first hand look at his foot-speed (or lack thereof).
Other prospects spotted that are known to be receiving Michigan interest were Traverse City West’s Rocko Khoury, Muskegon’s Carlin Landingham, Xenia (OH’s) Aston Jackson, Birmingham Brother Rice’s Caulton Ray, Detroit Southwestern’s Troy Tidwell, and Detroit Crockett’s Desmond Hart
GoBlueWolverine will have more from all of these prospects throughout the week.