Cincy Combine Report: Wolverine Prospects

On Saturday, Under Armour and took this year's combine series to Cincinnati. A number of the midwest's top prospects were in attendance, several of whom are on the Wolverines' radar. Here is how some of maize and blue's targets fared.

There were no players in attendance who came in with Michigan offers, but there were a couple players who can have them down the line.

A couple players stopped by but did not participate. Cincinnati Taft defensive end Cornelius Carradine came by. He is a big, chiseled kid who really looks the part. He does not have a Michigan offer yet, but reported interest from the Wolverines. Cincinnati Princeton’s sophomore sensation Spencer Ware had a baseball game moved to Saturday, but he stopped by before and afterwards to chat and watch. He has early interest from UM. An athletic quarterback, he is a dynamic player who could fit a variety of roles in the Wolverine offense, but could stay under center.

The story of the day on the field was Avon (IN) defensive end Montez Robinson notching a 4.43 forty at 6’5, 230-lbs. Robinson is a big time athlete and pass rushing prospect. He doesn’t have a UM offer just yet, but if he can get to camp, he would be a strong candidate to receive one. However, he did report he was going to take an extended look at the SEC and if any of those programs offer, he could head south.

Two sleepers from Indiana could pop up on the Wolverine radar soon. Indianapolis Pike safety Dakotah Tyler is big (6’0, 205) and ran the fastest forty of the day (4.38). He also covered well in 1-1 drills. Indianapolis Ben Davis lineman Jordan Stepp ran a 4.62, very impressive for someone 280-lbs. At a shade under 6’0, he doesn’t have super height, but he is tough as nails and is the kind of guy you want on your team. Wolverine fans should think Dave Molk when looking at Stepp.

Winton Woods (OH) athlete Chris Williams has reported interest from the Wolverines. It was easy to see why on Saturday as he showed superb ball skills working out at wide receiver. He has good speed and great hands and could be used on either side of the ball.

The only player to successfully cover Williams was Detroit Cass Tech’s 2010 cornerback Dior Mathis. A track star, Mathis had the best hips and feet of any cornerback in Cincinnati. He locked down the competition only giving up one completion and making a couple great breakups and interceptions. What he lacks in size, he made up for with aggressiveness. He came up and pressed much larger receivers. When asked where he learned to do that, he replied, “I learned from Boubacar.”

A couple other underclassmen of interest were in attendance. Plainfield (IN) offensive tackle James Hurst is 6’5, 275-lbs and can move. His excellent footwork and size is ideal for a left tackle and those are hard to find. Another young Indiana tackle, Ben Davisson is in the class of 2011 and already 6’9, 300-lbs. You might think that would make him awkward being that big and that young, but Big Ben moved pretty well.

Warren Central’s James Manuel (’10) is a big safety who was physical in 1-1 drills. He didn’t run quite as well as we thought he would, but that seemed to be due to lack of technique more than athleticism. On film, he looks like a great prospect and he could be a guy the Wolverines look at down the road.

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