Penn State Nike Camp Notebook (Part One)

The Nike Camp made its annual stop in State College on Saturday, and just like previous years, the PSU Nike was stocked with great talent. A number of key Michigan targets acquitted themselves very well yesterday, and GoBlueWolverine was there to witness their performances. In part one of our recap we focus on Boubacar Cissoko, EJ Manuel, and Mike Martin.

Wolverine commit Boubacar Cissoko shined once again en route to be named MVP at the defensive back position. Cissoko looked the part off the field, and even better on it. The quiet but confident youngster from Detroit Cass Tech drew rave reviews during the defensive back drills, and he consistently had players and spectators exhaling at the end of his one-on-one battles. He flashed the quick feet that he’s known for throughout the day, which allowed him to quickly break on passes thrown his way. His physical and aggressive style was obvious as well. His speed is not often talked about, but he has more than enough. His burst and ball skills elite. To put it in words, Cissoko is the full package… someone Wolverine fans can expect to have an impact in his first season at Michigan.

Bayside, Virginia quarterback E.J. Manuel is a new and emerging target for Michigan. The athletic pro-style passer has shot up the boards of many schools, and new suitors seem to be throwing their hats in the ring everyday. After seeing Manuel take part in the Elite Combine and Nike Combine, it’s easy to see why he’s so highly coveted. He has an effortless throwing motion, great release, and his accuracy is as good as it gets for a high-schooler. Manuel stayed back after the Nike Camp was over to try out for the Elite 11, which I fully expect him to make. With regards to Manuel and Michigan, things have really picked up between the two. The Wolverines have begun to recruiting him more intensely, which is something youngster has hoped for. Things are still in the early stages, though, and the Maize & Blue will have to offer soon in order to become a serious player in his recruitment. If the offer is extended by early June, it’s very like that Manuel will camp for a day in Ann Arbor.

Another standout on the day was Detroit Catholic Central defensive tackle Mike Martin. Martin mixed brute strength with great hand play to dominate most of the linemen he faced. He was truly one of the surprises of the day. Unlike most others, he didn’t come to State College with a big time rep. However, as the day progressed, Martin had a long line of followers tailing him everywhere he went. Included in that group were Michigan assistants Mike Debord, Andy Moeller, and Steve Szabo. Apparently there was a reason for that overt show of interest. The athletic tackle prospect now reportedly has a Michigan offer. Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for more on Martin in the hours to come.

Also be on the lookout for more notebook observations on D.J. Woods, Christian Wilson, Shayne Hale, Cameron Saddler, Reggie Ellis, Leon Mackey, Leon Green, and more.

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