Penn State Nike Camp Notebook (Part Two)

In part two of GoBlueWolverine's recap of the Penn State Nike Camp, we focus on the performances of three more top performers: Leon Mackey, Christian Wilson, and D.J. Woods.

I’ve got to give props to Eastern Recruiting Analyst Bob Lichtenfels on this one, as he was on the money when talking about Leon Mackey. The 'man-child" defensive end from Newark, Delaware was un-block able Saturday afternoon. I couldn't blame the offensive lineman for their attempts to hold the 6'5" 260-pounder during the one-on-ones. It's not fair for them to have to block a kid that’s ready to play college ball right now. Ironically Mackey currently holds just one scholarship offer. A player of his caliber should already have far more. After his showing in State College, he can expect his situation to change a great deal. The soft-spoken Mackey talked about Michigan after the camp concluded and he indicated the Wolverines hadn’t been recruiting him very hard. However, he also indicated that he really likes Michigan. The BCS schools are sure to step up their interest in the camps defensive line MVP, so the sooner the Wolverines step up their interest in Mackey, the better off they'll be in the long run. After witnessing how closely he was watched Saturday, they may be poised to do just that.

Montour linebacker Christian Wilson came out and competed, despite having already garnered more than forty-five scholarship offers. Nike didn’t officially measure their campers, but Wilson is every bit of the 6'3" 225 pounds he listed at. He took reps at linebacker and running back during the day, showing observers that he's more than capable of playing both positions. He has surprising quickness and agility for a player of his size, but his footwork in running back drills may be his most surprising trait. Wilson spoke with GoBlueWolverine after the combine and he indicated that really likes Michigan thanks in large part to his relationship quarterback coach Scott Loeffler. He mentioned his Wolverine recruiter was easy to talk to. “It's almost as if he's one of the guys. According to Wilson, Loeffler has made it clear that if he were to come to commit, he could come in and compete for a starting position right away. Assisting in Loeffler's recruiting efforts of the Montour star is UM linebacker coach Steve Szabo. Wilson affectionally refers to Szabo as the "old guy", and talked about how he loved Szabo's energy. The Wolverines have clearly made an impression on Wilson.

WR/DB D.J. Woods has been drawing high praise from observers at two recent combines, and after seeing him workout in State College, it’s likely the praise will continue. The thing you have to love about Woods is his ability use his speed and quickness to create separation between his defender and the ball. He was always open and was usually sure-handed during the majority of his repetitions. Woods also appears good enough to also play on the defensive side of the ball at cornerback or safety. (GoBlueWolverine spoke to Woods and his dad, and got photos of D.J., at the Pitt Combine a week ago: click for Woods to Camp at U-M, and also click for Pitt Combine photos).

Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for part three of our Penn State Nike Notebook, which will focus on Shayne Hale, Cameron Saddler, and Leon Green.

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