New Offers Extended
Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers class of 2016 wide receiver Austin Mack was offered by Michigan. He had a strong day. He may not be a 4.3 blazer, but he got on top of his fast defensive backs. He is very smooth and uses his size and strength well. He says Michigan was an offer he wanted a lot and folks close to him say the Wolverines are the team to beat. (Full story on his offer)
Perry (Ohio) class of 2016 tight end Luke Farrell earned an offer today, his second offer of the process (Illinois). He's a taller kid, maybe not his listed 6-foot-6, but has the frame to keep growing and after some initial nerves, had a solid showing at the camp.
Plays of the Day
- Demario McCall, a speedster from North Ridgeville (Ohio) caught a short pass in 7-on-7, juked the near defender, cut towards the sideline and showed his famous speed off by outrunning the rest of the defenders. In a two-hand touch situation, it was impressive to see his speed and elusiveness. He does not have a Michigan offer yet, but one down the road is possible. He played both running back and cornerback at the camp.
- Jamyest Williams, a freshman cornerback from Georgia had several big plays, but his most impressive was when he ran stride for stride with a receiver down the sidelines, then with one hand, pinned the ball against his neck and helmet and maintained possession while falling the ground. He has several major offers and it would not be a surprise to see Michigan join at some point.
Other Top Performers
Quarterback: Wolverines commit Alex Malzone came out in the afternoon session and threw the ball, showing off the talents that earned him his offer. Danny Cameron the son of LSU offensive coordinator was another notable name. He has a good arm and spun it well today. Will Marty (Springfield, Ohio) is one to track for the future.
Running Back: Really, McCall was the standout of the group today. He may not be a running back in college though. He fits well as a slot or defensive back.
Wide Receiver: Grant Perry (Brother Rice) is a fantastic route runner with great hands. He just does everything well. He's not the tallest or fastest, but he always seems to be open and is very reliable. He put himself in line for a potential Wolverine offer. Emmanuel Rugamba (Naperville Central, Ill.) is a smooth 2016 prospect who runs nice routes, is a good all around athlete and showed he could play some corner as well. Tyler Tupa (Brecksville, Ohio) is another 2016 kid who had a good day. He's a good athlete who caught the ball very naturally and effortlessly. Malik Bramley, David Turner, Mac Hippenhammer and Ben Skowronek all came in the from the Fort Wayne area and turned in solid days. Turner is a smaller slot guy who made a lot of tough grabs. Sowronek is big and has good ball skills. He may grow into a tight end. Justin Weller, a 2017 prospect from Nazareth Academy (Ill.) also had a good day.
Tight End: Clarkston (Mich.) rising senior Cole Chewins continues to fill out and is bigger, stronger, faster than he was last year. Michigan has some other tight ends on the board, but he will be a good pickup for someone if it's not the Wolverines.
Offensive Line: Michigan commit Jon Runyan Jr. was good in drills and one-on-ones. He will likely be a center in college, but played left tackle and did not lose a rep. Plymouth (Mich.) 2016 tackle Michael Jordan is a good athlete who is still learning, but showed some fight in 1-1s. The upside is there. Cass Tech's Daimen Oliver is a senior worthy of offer consideration. He did not play last year due to injury, but did well in one on ones and could be a steal for some school. His teammate Ostell Martin, a massive 2016 kid has good tools and had a good day, but needs to continue improving technique and overall quickness. Westlake Village (Ca.) 2016 prospect Nolan Dellibovi is a younger one to watch as well as Andrew Vastardis of Stone Bridge (Va.). One of the camp's best 2017 performers was Robert Hainsey of Gateway (Pa.) who competed against the older (and top) group of D-linemen and did well.
Defensive Line: Auston Robertson (Fort Wayne, Ind.) is a great athlete with a long wing-span. The 2016 prospect had not played defense until recently, so he's very raw, but all the tools are there. Cass Tech's Michael Onwenu is a powerful 2016 kid who can go on either side of the ball, but did his most damage on defense today where he was simply too strong for would-be offensive linemen. Jack Dunaway (Brother Rice, Mich.) was the top rising senior. He's a highly skilled, smart football player who did well in 1-1s. He's a bit of a tweener, but he can play the game. He's a legacy recruit who will have a walk-on opportunity at Michigan. Cass Tech had two 2016 kids with good potential and size in Eldrick Matthews and Malcolm Strickland. Dylan Pasquali, a 2016 tackle from Trenton (Mich.) is a hard-charging, high-motor kid with good inside agility. He's one to watch for. Zach Little (Bluffton, Ohio) and Eyioma Uwazurike (Southfield-Lathrup, Mich.) are two other 2016 kids to keep an eye on.
Linebackers: While they are somewhat limited in this setting, two backers to watch are a pair of in-state 2016s, David Reese (Farmington) and Andre Gregory (Cass Tech). Both are physically beyond their years. Reese is compact and powerful while Gregory looks like a senior on the hoof.
Defensive Backs: Cass Tech's 2016 cover man LaVert Hill continues to show he is worthy of major offer consideration. A Michigan offer seems likely down the line. Justin Tranquill (Fort Wayne Carroll) always has strong camp performances and today at Michigan was no different. Jeffery Christian (Colerain) is very technically sound, smart, and will contribute wherever he goes.