On the road: Star power at SMSB

MACOMB, Mich. – Two days of competition at the Sound Mind, Sound Body Football Academy in suburban Detroit will draw dozens of coaches and even more prospects. Brian Kelly and the Irish staff are expected for an event that will feature commitment Tony Jones and several other targets. Irish Illustrated will be there too. Here’s a primer on the stars to track.

MACOMB, Mich. – Over the next two days college coaches and recruiting media, including Irish Illustrated, will converge on suburban Detroit for one of the biggest events on the summer camp circuit.

The Sound Mind, Sound Body Football Academy will bring together a huge group of college prospects. Brian Kelly (Notre Dame), Mark Dantonio (Michigan State), Jim Harbaugh (Michigan), Urban Meyer (Ohio State) and James Franklin (Penn State) are expected to attend. That doesn’t even get to the assistant coaches.

Notre Dame is expected to send not only Kelly but also associate head coach Mike Denbrock, defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder, graduate assistant Maurice Crum and perhaps more. They’ll be keeping an eye on one commitment and several targets.

Four-star running back commitment Tony Jones headlines the group of Notre Dame prospects. Jones will make the trek from Florida and spend the weekend at Sound Mind, Sound Body before heading to South Bend for the Irish Invasion next week.

Defensive end Xavier Kelly, a four-star prospect, will be on hand, fresh off a visit to campus. Sound Mind, Sound Body slots into his schedule as a part of a whirlwind summer of trips.

Four-star wide receiver Donnie Corley is expected along with Chase Claypool, a fast rising Canadian prospect. Claypool scored an Irish offer after the spring evaluation period.

USC linebacker commitment Daelin Hayes will be among the headliners. Hayes remains solid to the Trojans, and the Trojans staff will be on hand, despite Notre Dame and others continuing to pursue.

Four-star athlete Brandon Burton, a potential defensive back prospect, is also on the list.

Coconut Creek (Fla.) teammates Trayvon Mullen, a cornerback, and wide receiver Binjimen Victor are slated to attend. Both are four-star prospects ranked inside the top 100 on Scout.com.

Some of the strongest talent will be in the Class of 2017, headlined by St. Joseph (Mich.) defensive end Corey Malone-Hatcher. He already holds offers from Notre Dame and Alabama along with several others. He will return to campus again next week for the Irish Invasion.

Others in that class include four-star wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones (offer), four-star cornerback Ambry Thomas, four-star linebacker Josh Ross (offer) and four-star wide receiver Osiris St. Brown (offer).

St. Brown, younger brother of incoming Irish wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown, will be traveling from Southern California to compete in the event for a second straight summer.

Ross visited Notre Dame during the spring and collected an offer. Peoples-Jones, a recent invite to the Under Armour All-American Game, picked up an offer after Denbrock and defensive line coach Keith Gilmore, the area recruiter, made a spring evaluation period visit.

Several more notable prospects are expected to participate: Michigan State quarterback commitment Messiah deWeaver, Penn State cornerback commitment LaVert Hill, Ohio State offensive tackle commitment Michael Jordan, Michigan State defensive tackle commitment Naquan Jones, among others.

Irish Illustrated will be on site for both days to provide updates on who’s standing out and where Notre Dame sits with several of the uncommitted prospects in the field.


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