Prior to practice yesterday Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Robinson mentioned being pleased with the progress and atmosphere in practice this spring. That wasn't just coach speak according to Madison Heights (MI) Madison athlete Valdez Showers. As one of the observers on hand yesterday, he too was impressed with how the Wolverines are coming along.
"It was real good," said Showers regarding practice. "I got a chance to see them live and everything… an early peak. I like what I seen. I watched the defense a lot. I watched the offense too and the offense was being productive. Devin Gardner and Denard Robinson made it look good. Denard Robinson is so smooth. He wasn't getting tackled, honestly. He showed me something. They were very accurate. Devin Gardner,… he impressed me with the accuracy."
After watching the action on the football field, Showers had some time to chat with the coaches. To a man, they each didn't waste the chance to demonstrate their interest level.
"I talked to Coach Dews, Coach Singletary and Rich Rodriguez," Showers recalled. "Dews & Singletary said keep coming up there, keep getting a feel for them, and checking them out to make sure that I'm comfortable with them. Coach Rodriguez has just been asking me how I like it, do I have any questions or anything. He wants me to keep coming back up there calling them and staying in touch."
The Wolverines haven't extended an offer to the versatile athlete yet, but that could all change in a matter of months.
"They want to get me up to their (one-day) camp this summer so that they can see me in person and everything," Showers explained. "Hopefully I'll be able to make it there if nothing else pops up, I'll be there."
That camp session will give the Michigan coaches a chance to see Showers workout extensively at corner and safety. The 6-0 180-pounder is a running back by trade, but has the raw athleticism to play both secondary positions. However, he is still honing his technique on the defensive side of the ball. While the Wolverines keep an ever watchful eye on his progress, he will be keeping a close watch on theirs as well.
"It's a good program and they are on the come up," said Showers of Michigan. "This year will basically tell me everything about them. They are going to keep coming back harder and harder. I think this year will be the year. As far as comparing them to some other schools I'm looking at, I haven't received an offer (from Michigan) yet so I can't really compare."
Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Toledo, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Michigan State, and most recently Cincinnati have all extended scholarships. More are sure to come, though, and Showers plans on patiently waiting to see which ones do.
"My coach is talking to me about (taking all five visits) now," he stated. "I'm going to take my time and take my visits. I'm going to be evaluating them, making sure it is the right fit, looking at every college one by one. I'm going to take the time that I need until I feel comfortable."