Michigan LB Hits 4 Camps

Jim Presley already had several offers prior to attending summer camps at four Big 10 schools in recent weeks. Which teams have offered? Did some programs impress him more than others?

Name: Jim Presley
Position: LB
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 223 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.43 at Michigan camp
School: West Highland Christian Academy, Milford, MI

Jim plays both offense and defense for West Highland, and although he excels on both sides of the field, college coaching staffs are recruiting him to play linebacker.

"I'm playing inside linebacker this year," Jim said.  "Last year I was at defensive-end.  I also played fullback on offense.  I had 1,300 yards rushing and 13 or 14 touchdowns.  I don't know how many tackles I had."

Jim's efforts earned him All-League, All-County, All-Metro, All-North and Junior Dream Team All-State honors.

Several schools have extended scholarship offers to the tremendously talented linebacker prospect.

"I have 12 offers I think.  Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, an unofficial one from Wisconsin  (verbal), Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan, Bowling Green and Maryland have offered.  That's all I can think of right now.

"I think Notre Dame and Colorado are going to offer too."

Presley just finished participating in summer camps at Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State.

"Everything is wide-open still.  I enjoyed all the camps.  It's pretty much a toss-up right now."

Presley has also visited both Purdue and Notre Dame.

Jim made the 6 1/2 hour trip to State College to attend all 4 days of the third and final session of Penn State's summer camp.  It was his first trip to Happy Valley.

"It's just a great school for linebacking.  My coach told me the coaches there are really good and that I'd really enjoy it up there, so I went to the camp and I did.

"I talked to Coach Vanderlinden and Joe Paterno.  My head coach, Pat Fox, was there too.  He worked the camp.

"I like the campus, I like the coaches a lot, and all the tradition they have.  I got to see downtown, they took us on a campus  tour."

Jim is not sure when he will begin to narrow things down and does not have any other visits planned at this point.  It does not matter to him whether he attends college in-state or out-of-state. 

Being from Michigan, he admitted growing up a fan of the Wolverines, but said that doesn't mean Michigan has an advantage.

Note:  Jim knew at least 2 other linebackers who attended the same Penn State camp session.   "I knew a couple of them, Ravon Ellis from Ann Arbor Huron and Jake Powers from Danville, Indiana."


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