UM Camp 2008: In Pictures - Part 1

Throughout this camp week, we have not had a ton of well known recruits come by but that has not meant the talent is down. There have been a number of players who haven't had the hype but have proven they can play and also several underclassmen who appear to be on their way to the big time. Here is part one of our camp photo essay.


Get Used to It: Massillon Washington defensive back J.T. Turner runs with a receiver during 1-1 drills. The winged helmet will soon be a staple for Turner as he committed to the Wolverines in March. Turner, at 6'2 has safety size but has shown this week that he has the athleticism and ball skills to play cornerback.


Precocious Irish: Whenever anyone hears Akron St. Vincent St. Mary's, they immediately think Lebron James. James made waves with his outstanding play at early age. Well, the Fighting Irish have another young talent in CB Doran Grant, who was only in for one day but made a name for himself during those sessions.



Better Late Than Never: How does a sleeper slip under the radar? For Rodney Woodson, an injury kept the Orchard Lake St. Mary's receiver out for nearly all of last season. When he finally returned to the lineup late in the season, he scored nearly every time he touched the ball. Everyone at camp on Monday saw that explosiveness as Woodson impressed with his quickness.



Cajun Corner: East St. John (LA) cornerback Torri Zeno has some of the quickest feet at the camp. Coming in without any offers, Zeno showed this week that he is an FBS prospect.



All Smiles: River Hill (MD) running back Malek Redd should be happy. The diminutive tailback reportedly ran two 4.29 forty yard dashes on a notoriously slow track.



Déjà vu?: He only showed up for one morning session, but that was all it took for Fremd (Palatine, IL) offensive tackle Christian Lombard to earn an offer. Only a sophomore (2010), his size, feet and tenacity had a couple bystanders jokingly remarking, "I thought Jake Long just graduated."



Clash of the Titans: The only defensive linemen to issue a challenge to Lombard was Josh Boyd. Conversely, other offensive linemen struggled with the cat quick defensive tackle.



Southern Slinger: Michigan may have two quarterbacks committed this year, but it is never too early to look ahead for talent coming up the pipe. Miami Shores Msgr. Pace junior to be Stephen Morris made it easy to spot with his rockets he has been unleashing all week.



Family Ties: Charlotte Latin CB Ross Cockrell runs with Woodbridge (VA) receiver Kevin Wheeler. Cockrell's father works in Michigan and would like his son to be closer to him. After his performance on Tuesday, we would say that wish has a chance to come true. Cockrell stuck with every receiver he went up against including the speedy Wheeler who has also impressed this week.



Receiving Interest: Two of Tuesday's top performers, Redford Covenant's Jamonne Chester and South Grand Prairie (TX) athlete DeWayne Peace take part in 1-1s. Peace jumped between wide receiver and cornerback and showed he could play either in college. Chester had a nice day, catching everything thrown at him.



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