Why Do We Love the Swoosh?
Because at one time or another we all thought that having football camps across the country then bringing the best from each camp to a mega camp would be the greatest thing since sliced bread. Nike actually did that, and they call it The Opening. It really is the greatest collection of high school football talent in the country. Oh, and we all agree that Michigan shouldn't have signed with Adidas. Those UTL and MSU game jerseys, yeesh....
Anyway, seven Michigan commitments made their way to Oregon for the camp. They were QB Shane Morris, OL David Dawson, CB Jourdan Lewis, OLB Mike McCray II, WDE Taco Charlton, OL Kyle Bosch and TE Jake Butt. Michigan was one of the most well-represented schools at the camp, and that's not even counting WR Laquon Treadwell. Only USC had more commitments at the camp with eight.
The coverage of the event was unprecedented, with every major recruiting guru making their way to the corner of the country to scout players. Photos were snapped. ESPNU also gave us all a live feed inside of the action throughout the camp. There's a lot of information to be shared.
Let's start off with information regarding individual Michigan commitments (and future commitments):
Shane Morris: After the camp the vast majority of analysts had Morris as the second best QB in Oregon, usually only behind USC commitment Max Browne. His tournament team received the #1 overall seed but failed to make the championship game. Video of him throwing in the tournament can be seen here. An article about why he wears enough wristbands for an entire team can be found here.
Davis Dawson: I didn't see an overwhelming amount of video or scouting on Dawson, but what I did hear was positive. He can be seen for one repetition here.
Jourdan Lewis: Lewis had a solid weekend, creating turnovers and making the all-tournament team as well as winning the Nike Skills Challenge. He's shown in this video of the first day 1-v-1 battles. Rivals Mike had this to say after seeing Lewis:
Mike McCray II: Not much has been said about McCray, but that's not worrisome because these types of events usually aren't made for LBs or RBs. He was consistent but as a LB would have needed a standout performance to draw major attention.
Taco Charlton: You can see a few of Taco's many wins at the end of this video. You'll also witness him come off of the ball in an undisciplined fashion only to be crushed. At 6'6", 240 Charlton flashes the kind of burst and athleticism that makes me think he's going to end up tallying a lot of sacks during his time in Ann Arbor. I mean a lot. He's still very raw, as are many of the recruits that were at the camp, but once he gets into Michigan's weight training program and is coached by Hoke, look out. He tied for the most individual wins after two days of drills for the defensive lineman.
Kyle Bosch: I was wondering why I hadn't been hearing anything about Bosch but he was forced fly back home after becoming ill. This is disappointing because the OL/DL battles were heated and this was a prime opportunity for him to show his ability.
Jake Butt: Butt had a very solid outing. He managed to make the all-tournament team with a great performance to help struggling QB Tryone Swoopes. The always goofy Tom Luginbill named him one of the two best tight ends at the camp. Butt can be seen in this video.
He had this to say about rooming with Marcus Baugh, a verbal commitment to OSU:
They really put me and marcus in the same room!! I'm lookin for hidden cameras this is prolly a secret reality show!— jake butt (@bigjakeyB_1) July 5, 2012
You can never trust them, Jake. Ever.
Laquon Treadwell: He had a great showing, making a wide array of plays that included a nasty juke on the sidelines to gain ten more yards, a leaping downfield grab over two defenders and quite a few catches in traffic. He was called one of the hardest receivers to stick with off of the line, which means he's more than just a big, physical receiver. He can move.
Treadwell did absolutely nothing to hurt his stock, and may have even raised it a bit. Some think he could take over the top receiver spot in the class, and although I disagree I still wouldn't be shocked if it happened. He made grabs time and time again against a very deep and athletic group of defensive backs.
Continue reading for news on his imminent commitment.
Other notables: Defensive back Leon McQuay was the first overall pick of the tournament draft and he lived up to the expectations. His high school teammate Alvin Bailey also had a solid showing but wasn't ridiculously flashy.
Another camp, another successful showing for the University of Michigan. Lewis, Treadwell, Morris, Butt and Charlton all had great performances, and neither Dawson nor McCray did anything to hurt their stock. Put that in the win column.
More 2013 News and Drama
Laquon Treadwell would love to commit to the University of Michigan. Today. Or tomorrow? Yea, tomorrow. Okay, maybe after he visits Oklahoma State? Who knows:
Will @SuccessfulQuon announce his decision this weekend? - "I don't know. Depends on how I feel"— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) July 5, 2012
Decision from @SuccessfulQuon will likely come at his school if no announcement this weekend. would let his coaches know early next week— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) July 5, 2012
Webb interviewed Treadwell, who made made it clear that Michigan is the school that will receive his commitment, all without actually saying that he is committed. Many believe that he will take an official visit to Oklahoma State and commit thereafter. Laquon clearly loves the attention that comes with the process, but don't take his choice to visit Oklahoma State as an immature way to prolong a process and draw out more exposure. He's well aware of Hoke's commitment rules and would like to get the visit out of the way in order to truly seal the deal. It's not a matter of it, but a matter of when. Patience.
Here's a shot of Treadwell with Morris and Lewis:
Me quon an shane instagr.am/p/M2Wl_CGQCj/— Jesus Shuttlesworth (@jourdanJD) July 9, 2012
An interesting yet surprising point made by Steve Lorenz of Tremendous:
If Laquon Treadwell joins #team134, he'll be the highest ranked WR (39th) Michigan has pulled since at least 2002 (Rivals).— Steve Lorenz (@TremendousUM) July 6, 2012
With all of the success Michigan had with Edwards, Breaston, and Manningham you'd think the Wolverines would've had at least one receiver who topped Treadwell. Not the case.
Offensive lineman David Dawson started camp rumors when he decided to relax with Florida commitments, following this announcement:
He has since cancelled said trip. Nothing to see here, David Dawson will be a Wolverine.
Logan Tuley-Tillman played on Team USA and looked good, being noted as one of the most impressive lineman on the squad. He played next to quite a few other high-level D1 prospects so it's worth mentioning. He should maintain his ranking until he signs.
Defensive back Kendall Fuller still has Michigan in his top three, now stating that they're trailing both Clemson and Virginia Tech at the top. He had the logos of his top two schools shaved into the sides of his head for the passing tournament at The Opening. He was most likely never going to be attending school in Ann Arbor, but in case you still believed there's that for you.
2014 News Still Picking Up Steam
Even though it's only the beginning of July much of the staff's focus is on the 2014 class. If, or when, Treadwell commits there will only be so much they can do before focusing all of their effort onto the '14 class. A stack of news and notes via Twitter:
— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) July 3, 2012
2014 Tarpon Springs (FL) East Laketeammates - OL, Mason Cole and WR, Artavious Scott - slated to attend #Michigan's BBQ at the Big House— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) July 2, 2012
Another 2014 BHBBQ visitor will be FL DB Artavis Scott.
The younger brother of Michigan basketball player Glenn Robinson, Gelen Robinson is making a name for himself in football. He looked good at the Rivals Underclassman event and is taking steps toward receiving his first scholarship offer.
On somewhat of a side note, Tremendous and WR Corey Holmes give us an interesting read. If you're into the camping circuit and the recruiting process itself I highly recommend it.
Once again, I'll be prepared to answer any questions you might have on my Twitter account. If your question is interesting enough it just might end up in the next roundup.