Harris, Ways Show Out at NFTC
Tom VH got some quality Vine posts up from the Nike Football Training Camp in Chicago this weekend:
Drake is slightly taller and still got his feet in and out of the ladder much quicker than Ways did. This carries over to the curl routes, where Drake breaks down and gets into position faster. Part of this is Drake's natural ability, and part of it is Ways' lack of muscle memory. It's also very clear that Drake needs to add a decent amount of weight to his frame before being ready for D-1 contact.
Maurice rocked some slick socks:
Drake left the camp with an invitation to Nike's The Opening, which takes place in Oregon every year following the company's circuit of prospect camps. Only players with elite skills are invited.
Offensive Line Picture Clearing Up Quickly
Michigan already has OG Mason Cole and OT Juwann Bushell-Beatty on board, and it's looking to add one more big man. Drake Harris' teammate Tommy Doles was once thought to be a heavy Michigan lean, but the offensive guard has since committed to Northwestern. The two main targets left seem to be Jamarco Jones and Alex Bars. The former has a new top four and will be making a decision relatively soon:
My final four schools are Michigan Michigan State, Notre Dame and Ohio State in no particular order— Jamarco Jones (@jjones_73) May 5, 2013
I will be making my final decision June 27— Jamarco Jones (@jjones_73) May 5, 2013
Word on the street is that Jones will end up at Ohio, leaving Alex Bars as the runaway favorite for the final lineman spot in Michigan's class. Bars will most likely end up at one of Michigan or Notre Dame; the staff will obviously look elsewhere if neither Jones nor Bars end up blue, but I think Bars will indeed commit to Michigan. He would be the best of the three commitments and the only one capable of playing sooner rather than later.
General Notes and Multimedia Items
Max Preps has released a list of 100 class of 2015 prospects to watch. Players in the state of Michigan include Cass Tech QB Jayru Campbell and Lapeer East OL Anthony Herbert.
Michigan signal caller Devin Gardner was a counselor at the Chicago regional Elite 11 camp:
Only elite college quarterbacks are invited to speak to future college players at the Elite 11 camps. Gardner might be the most intelligent player on Michigan's roster, so it was a solid choice to bring him.
Four-star defensive end Lawrence Marshall has a top five of Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, USC and Oklahoma, in no particular order. The Spartans are the presumed leader here, although many think that Michigan has made up significant ground in recent weeks. Let's all overreact to the gloves that he wore to the NFTC camp:
Marshall also wore Spartan socks, so he's playing around while he still can. We'll file this one away in case he ends up in East Lansing.