What would you rather have; Alvin Bailey and Leon McQuay or Treadwell?
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Michigan's camp is going on right now. It's happening as you read this. There are photos. You have to believe me.
2015 ONT/TN QB Michael O'Connor w Gardner, Borges via Maize and Blue News
Things are… well, probably not happening very much since Michigan's already got 21 commitments. Touch the Banner put together a list of the various attendees if you want to know who's scheduled to be there. A couple of the more interesting 2013 names:
Darren Carrington - WR - San Diego (CA) Horizon: Carrington is a 6'2", 187 lb. quarterback and wide receiver. He's the son of former San Diego Chargers safety Darren Carrington, who played in their Super Bowl loss to the San Francisco 49ers. He received an offer from Michigan last week, so his main reason for camping would seem to be for seeing the campus and meeting the coaching staff. (Highlights here.)
Caleb Day - ATH - Hilliard (OH) Darby: [Day] is a 6'0", 188 lb. athlete who could play lots of positions in college, including running back, wide receiver, cornerback, or safety. Michigan hasn't offered yet, but he really seems to be hoping for one from the Wolverines. He does, however, have offers from Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio State, and several others. Day looks a little too stiff to play cornerback at a big-time program, but I could see him fitting in at any of those other positions. Michigan has bigger fish to fry at running back (Jordan Wilkins, Derrick Green) and wide receiver (LaQuon Treadwell), and they're pretty set at safety. However, Day could be a backup option at any of those positions and reminds me of a slightly less skilled Dymonte Thomas.
TN RB Jordan Wilkins is mentioned above and is tentatively scheduled to be in this weekend, something we know thanks to David Dawson badgering Wilkins on the twitter. He looks like Michigan's best shot at a blue chip-ish tailback with Ty Isaac out of the picture and Derrick Green looking like a serious longshot. That's not a good shot since the kid nearly committed to Auburn last week, mind you.
As of today the top sleeper name appears to be NC CB/S Channing Stribling, who is a gerund fan and wisp of a man from Butler High School, the alma mater of rather good Michigan safety Jamar Adams. Webb on him($):
How this kid is such a relatively obscure prospect while playing for such a powerhouse program is a mystery. Standing 6-2 and maybe 165-pounds, this Tar Heel State product is extremely fluid (despite his length), and possesses quickness that belies his size. Though not a blazer, he has good football speed. Furthermore, he has really good leaping ability and ball skills. Some schools might be scared away by his slender frame and lack of elite top end speed. Others, meanwhile, might see pure potential… a youngster that could become more explosive once he adds more muscle to his slender frame.
Might be one to watch as it seems Michigan is looking for one more guy in the secondary.
In less positive news, Cass Tech DT (and Illinois commit) Kenton Gibbs hasn't made it in and probably won't thanks to an injury. That makes it unlikely he ends up getting the offer he wants. Maize and Blue News notes that John Runyan Jr, a 2015 kid, was in attendance.
Camp continues all week.
Hey, look, it's OH LB commits Ben Gedeon and Mike McCray.
For whatever reason, this photo reminded me of Gerry Dinardo showing up to Michigan practice in 2008 or 2009 or whatever and saying something vaguely like "usually when you go to Michigan you know it, but if you took away the helmets you would think I had recruited this team." I don't think that's going to be the case in 2014.
2014 Caremeter Update
The caremeter might kick into overdrive—or at least drive—this week what with camp. These days camp is for rising juniors, and Michigan's got a bucketload of them coming in. The vast majority of the kids listed on the TTB post are 2014 players. The spot to watch is probably linebacker, what with all three Cass guys, IL LB Clifton Garrett and IN LB Gelen Robinson fighting for what looks like a limited number of spots. Michigan will graduate only Cam Gordon and Mike Jones next year, and that's only if both of those guys get fifth years.
The headliner Sunday($) was actually 2015 kid Michael O'Connor, that 6'5" Canadian QB who's transferring to a toity private school in Tennessee to up his level of competition. He's still waiting on an offer from Michigan but already has an MSU offer and made the usual positive but non-committal noises($) after his camp experience yesterday.
Meanwhile in non-camp activities, 2014 OH LB Michael Ferns took a visit over the weekend and seemed BLOWN AWAY(!, also $) by the experience. TomVH caught up with him to get a telling quote:
"I heard Ann Arbor is a great place, and getting up there, being in town, everything was great," he said. "I don't want to say too much, but (the visit) was a 10. I was shocked by the whole deal. It was really good."
And here's the de rigueur locker-room-and-gloves shot:
Sam Webb relates that Ferns went home($) afterwards instead of visiting Michigan State as planned, because obviously. He's planning to get out to Notre Dame, then shut it down for a while; with Penn State and Ohio State previously thought to be front-runners this is going to be a knock-down, drag-out Midwest power fight.
Michigan's also offered 2014 IL OL Jamarco Jones.
Even More Things About SMSB
Josh Helmholdt has a list of under-the-radar prospects he caught at the camp with a mention of MI WR Jack Wangler (yes, that Wangler):
WR Jack Wangler, Royal Oak (Mich.) Shrine Catholic: Wangler has put a lot of work in this off-season with his Maximum Exposure teams, going head-to-head against some of the top defensive backs in the country. Wangler is always going to be a possession receiver; but his speed is coming along, and he has been timed as low as the 4.5 range for the 40-yard dash. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Wangler is a physical receiver and a technician when it comes to route-running.
CB Jourdan Lewis, Detroit Cass Tech: Some of the best one-on-one matchups during the event involved Lewis - on both sides of the football. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Lewis is going to Michigan to play cornerback, but he is also a BCS-caliber wide receiver prospect. Lewis is so quick with his cuts that he creates instant separation from defensive backs, and he also has great hands. Both attributes also serve him well at the cornerback position.
QB Shane Morris, Warren (Mich.) De La Salle: Morris led a solid group of quarterback prospects at the event but clearly stood out as the top player at his position. The Rivals100 prospect is really in control of his game right now, and his passes are coming out of his hand beautifully with velocity and accuracy. He was told by Michigan quarterbacks coach Al Borges, who was working the event, to throttle it back some on day one, but overall Morris varied his speeds well during the event.
The Five Star Challenge, Rivals's tastefully-named rival to the Opening, will also feature a number of Michigan commits and targets. So many that Michigan is named one of five teams to watch for this thing along with Auburn, Alabama, USC, and Texas. As the header says: nice company.
Details of Michigan commits and targets:
Michigan currently has the top recruiting class in the Rivals.com team rankings so it is no surprise that it has several commits in action at the Five-Star Challenge. Three future Wolverines -- linebacker Mike McCray, athlete Jourdan Lewis and offensive lineman David Dawson -- will be on the North squad, while offensive tackle Chris Fox will suit up for the West. Lewis is one of the fastest-rising prospects in the Midwest and will prove his versatility by playing cornerback. Dawson has also seen his stock take off this spring, picking up a ton of offers even after committing. McCray is ranked as the No. 55 overall player in the country and will attempt to prove he belongs in the discussion with Reuben Foster, Jaylon Smith and Matthew Thomas as five-star linebackers. Wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, defensive end Malik McDowell and defensive end Da'Shawn Hand are also big Michigan targets.
If McDowell Is going to establish himself a five-star sort he'll have to keep pace with the Hands of the world, and this is probably the only opportunity he'll have this year. Also of interest will be how McCray and Fox do. Fox hasn't hit the camps much and Rivals is considerably higher on McCray than others. Rivals even has a video featuring a Fox matchup with yes-that's-really-his-name Auburn DL commit Dee Liner:
I know. I can't believe that's his name either.
FL WR Alvin Bailey, a four-star slot type who would be a change of pace from Michigan's coming horde of long-limbed 6'3" guys, popped up on Michigan's radar around the time his teammate Leon McQuay III named his odd top three featuring Michigan, USC, and Vanderbilt. Bailey hasn't gone on any visits yet but he wants to get things over with within a month, so he's visiting a bunch of places. His goal($):
"I am planning to go to Michigan, West Virginia, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, South Carolina, and that is about it," Bailey said. "I will probably start taking those trips in the next couple weeks."
After taking those trips, the Rivals250 prospect is hoping he will be ready to select his future home.
"I want to make a decision after I visit those schools," Bailey said. "I want to decide around the end of July probably."
That constitutes a tentative top six for Bailey. If McQuay was already in the boat there'd be reason for optimism here; without it that's a heavily Southern list. It's going to be hard to get him above the Mason-Dixon line.
Tremendous says a reliable source relates that CA WR Sebastian Larue is close to a decision and has a top three of Michigan, Oklahoma, and USC. He hasn't visited, so that's unlikely to go Michigan's way if it does come.
Etc.: 2015 Cass Tech QB Jayru Campbell has insanely early offers($) from Notre Dame and Alabama now. 2014 MI QB Chance Stewart gets a Wisconsin offer($). Iowa offers Cass Tech LB Deon Drake($). McDowell isn't going to camp at OSU($). Michigan makes Eddie Vanderdoes's top 15. Woo? Nebraska offers and lands a longsnapper. It's longsnapper madness.
I don't see Bailey and Treadwell competing even though they are both WRs. Bailey is a 5' 11" slot ninja and Treadwell is a 6' 3" outside WR. It seems to me the remaining slots go to Treadwell and best available. I believe after Treadwell the coaches would take any of the top players on the board at RB, WR, DB and DL, and they will save a slot for Treadwell.
My guess for the rest of the class is Treadwell, Bailey or Paul Harris, and the first to commit of a DB or DL (McQuay, Fuller or Mathis if they can get one of them).
Treadwell. Gotta get a big time receiver
Breathe a sigh of relief.
Is looking svelte. SWC?
And, as not-creepily as this can sound, this picture shows why Will can have some trouble staying low. Just look at his legs/hips. Ondre and Will probably weigh similar amounts, within about 15-20lbs (or 5% of their body weight). But look at how much longer Will's legs are. For him to get his hips down and into a good stance takes a lot more effort than it does for someone with Ondre's stockier body type.
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The winged helmets are a nice touch, a little more motivation for uncommitted recruits and some confirmation for the commits.
Recruiting sites seem to be disagreeing about this, but as of right now Caleb Day doesn't hold an Ohio State offer.
can we get McCray some better headphones? - those colors hurt mine eyes
colors are nice!!!
He has RED headphones!?! That could only mean he is going to decommitt and go to OSU! Everyone frank out!
Or freak out.
Gardner and Borges apart...
Borges is a coach. He is the one with the whistle.
One is an a physical specimen equalled only in grace of form by the perfection of its utilization on the football field,
and the other is Devin Gardner.
Dee Liner, and his siblings Owen "O" Liner, Ocean Liner, Sinking Liner (star baseball player), Air Liner (basketball), and Iman "Eye" Liner.
So Webb posted that Gedeon is up to 230, McCray is apparently at 235 and both are rising seniors. Ferns is only a rising junior and is 230 as well. Jake Ryan's reported weight this spring was 230 as a RS Frosh, and he plays the strongside. Any chance any of these guys out grow the LB position?
Gedeon looks bigger than Ferns for sure.
Just because those guys are as big as Ryan's RS frosh weight (that roster was updated last in the fall, exceot for the new guys) doesn't mean they're going to outgrow LB. They would need to be over 250 to consider a move, I'd bet. And since we have a lot of young WDEs, I don't see why we would want them to.
I didnt realize that Gedeon is that big! I'm loving manball.
Shouldn't it be "yes, that Runyan"? If Jon is half as good as senior, he'd be a great addition.
In Brian's defense, Jon Runyan Jr. is most likely the son of Jon Runyan.
But you can never be sure if John Runyan Jr is. It was curious because I believe the Blog has mentioned Wangler's son as a possible walk-on, but this is the first I've heard of JRJ being a football player too. And makes one feel old because Wangler played a lot longer time ago than Runyan, though their kids are pretty close in age.
Jon Runyan, that is who LTT reminds me off and I've been trying to think of his name for the last couple of days. Thanks.
Magnus please edit this; it's driving me crazy. Plus, I know you don't like when people get names wrong. I know, I know this is a little different, just a simple mistake, but still.
Caleb Day - ATH - Hilliard (OH) Darby: Darby is a 6'0", 188 lb. athlete
Is it possible to run the famous Tennessee Titans "Home Run Throwback" play on a return with Wangler throwing it across the field to Tamani Carter?
Shane Morris and Alvin Bailey have been talking on Twiiter and it seems like Bailey is planning on visiting next week??
The way the coaches are still going after certain players, I can't imagine that there isn't more attrition coming. I think this class gets to 25 or 26.
Which one of these jokesters pulled the fire alarm in West Quad at lunch today?
Seems as if Michigan has sent out their first 2015 offer just now, to a Kentucky kid named Damien Harris. I've been seeing his name a lot on Twitter; Trieu seems to be one of his biggest champions and always posts when Harris has gotten a new offer. Harris also apparently runs a sub 4.5 40 time. This is a big-time recruit.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA gerund fan. Awesome. That's Michigan, fergodsakes.
Any word on what Borges did to himself? Looks like he picked up a cast around lunch time.
Whats all this talk about Morris being the forth best qb at camp as ace is reporting? BS or fact?
The guy in the 'locker room and gloves shot' is doing American sign language for 'vagina'. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/18/sports/ncaafootball/american-sign-language-program-attracts-oregon-football-players.html