Sunday, June 17, 2012

Sound Mind Sound Body Recap

As we all know, the Detroit Sound Mind/Sound Body Camp was this past weekend and was loaded with top Midwest prospects, which included many Michigan commits.  Among the participants were Shane Morris, David Dawson, Logan Tuley-Tillman, Khalid Hill, Jourdan Lewis, and Csont'e York.  This camp was specially unique because coaches were actually able to be there and coach the prospects.  Coach Hoke and his full staff were present, along with Ohio State, Michigan State, Eastern Michigan's staffs.  It was a good chance for the coaches to get an extra look at commits and actually coach them up.

Shane Morris 
Well not much that we need to go in depth as far as Shane goes.  From what I'm hearing and reading he was the best quarterback there as was expected.  Coach Borges coached him the whole day and clearly liked what he saw.  As always, Shane threw hard, but ever since the Elite 11 in Dallas, he has improved significantly on his touch passes.  This is a great sign with the national Elite 11 competiton coming at the end of the summer in Los Angeles.

David Dawson
Yet again Mr. Dawson shows up and dominates at camp.  Easily the best offensive lineman on site and he showed why.  He did get beat a few times, but he was spectacular for the most part.  On the outside is where he got beat when he did but when the coaches moved him inside to guard, which is where he is expected to play in college, he won the matchups with ease.  His technique was top notch, displaying great footwork and hand placement. 

Logan Tuley-Tillman
Logan seemed to play well, but definitely not as well as Dawson.  He weighed in at 315 so he's dropped some weight, but still needing to lose a bit more.  Still has plenty of time before he arrives in Ann Arbor so he will without a doubt have time to get into better college shape.  He got beat a few times in drills but Coach Funk was on site to help him out with footwork and technique.  Logan will most likely play tackle at Michigan because of his size and it's definitely exciting to imagine Dawson and Logan playing alongside one another.

Jourdan Lewis
Jourdan's stock has began to rise with his recent dominance in camps.  He has been playing very well on both sides of the ball, but the coaches have let him know he will play CB at Michigan.  Lewis is 5'11" and has very good recovery speed.  He also has phenomenal ball skills, which is what helps him to excel at WR.  There's nothing wrong with a great two-way player, but I definitely think he's better on the defensive side of the ball and that's where we should all look to see him in Ann Arbor.

Khalid Hill
Khalid is rated as a 3* across the board, but is one of the lower rated players in Michigan's 2013 recruiting class.  Khalid has good size and good skills when it comes to going up and getting the ball.  As he showed at camp, he runs good routes and uses his body very well when it comes to going after the football.  As he continues to play well in camps he may move up the rankings and get some more love from the scouting services.  I'm not sure if he'll become a 4* by time he gets on campus, but he could be a decent pick-up for Michigan.

Csont'e York
C'sonte showed up late, so he didn't get a ton of time at the camp.  When he did play he showed why he is largely considered the most underrated recruit in Michigan's class.


The biggest story coming out of the day to me was 2014 Cass Tech WR/CB Damon Webb who received an Michigan offer.  A couple weeks ago, he literally shut down touted 2013 WR Laquon Treadwell (who Michigan is recruiting hard).  Now, I know Damon is very young and is just finishing up sophomore year, but he does go to Cass Tech and we know the quality of player that comes out of that school.  Along with that, the school is essentially a Michigan pipeline.  He's got great size, athletic ability and good speed.

Can't forget about 2015 Cass Tech QB Jayru Campbell.  Kid is very good and already has some offers, but most notably received an offer from Alabama after his performance at the camp.  Another Cass Tech player, Jayru did throw 3 interceptions, but all were off of drops so can't really blame him for those.  He has been blowing up as of late and Michigan hasn't offered yet, but I expect they will very soon.  At only finishing up freshmen year some argue its way too early to evaluate a kid and extend an offer but he is very good.  He's definitely not the prototypical pocket passer and we know Michigan is looking to go back into the more pro style of offense so we will see how that plays into his recruitment.  Jayru is very good and you should all get to know him because he will only improve as time comes.

Not only were the players there, but as I mentioned, all of the coaches.  Brady Hoke got to speak to campers as well as evaluate top prospects, targets, and commits.  Pretty neat to see the coaches get to be at the camp and with the recent restrictions on basketball recruiting being lifted as far as texting recruits 24/7, I think that football will begin to follow suit.

It was definitely a great showing at this camp from Michigan commits and prospects.  The coaches extending an offer to Damon Webb shows a lot about him and how good he could be in the future.  I'll be trying to get in contact with Damon to talk about his offer and where Michigan stands with him.  Be sure to keep track on all of these prospects and pay attention to the Elite 11 next month to see how good Shane Morris performs.

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