ESPN anonymously polled 66 coaches, coordinators, and personnel directors from every Power 5 conference and others around the country to determine some of the top incoming freshman in the country.
Each coach got one vote on who the most impressive player they saw in the recruiting cycle in 2020.
The Michigan Wolverines were represented by 4-star WR A.J. Henning who received two votes as the best player in the class.
Here is what ESPN and one Big Ten assistant coach said about the Frankfurt, Illinois native:
“Henning is an explosive receiver who fits exactly with what Michigan wants in its speed-in-space offense. He will provide more options for the offense at receiver and will give Michigan a true playmaker to go along with Ronnie Bell, Nico Collins, Mike Sainristil and Giles Jackson.”
Big Ten assistant coach: ”As versatile a player in the country. One of the most electric players with the ball in his hands in the country.”
Henning was compositely ranked as the No. 101 player and the No. 18 wideout in the 2020 class.
Ohio State had 3 players earn votes including OL Paris Johnson Jr who had 4 votes himself. Meanwhile, Maryland LB Ruben Hyppolite II earned a single vote, and Northwestern OL Peter Skoronski achieved a vote.
The coaches confirmed the consensus of many that the Clemson Tigers had the best overall class.
Former Wolverines TE Mark Campbell details coronavirus battle
Former Michigan TE Mark Campbell who was a key part of the Wolverines 1997 National Championship run described what it was like to go through the coronavirus protocol after testing positive for the virus and having severe symptoms.
According to Julian Gonzalez of the Detroit Free Press, He feared after being asked several questions about his symptoms and being taken to the ICU that he may have seen his wife and family for the last time.
“For the first time in my life, I remember thinking to myself, ‘Am I going to see her again?’ Now that may sound super dramatic, and I don’t want it to sound super dramatic, but that’s how I felt at the time.
“I kind of get emotional just thinking about it now, not because I feel like, oh, at the time I was threatened. Just because there’s those moments in your life that I’ll never forget that feeling. At the time, it was a hopeless feeling. I didn’t go there with hope, excited to check in. I went there, I knew I was not in good shape.”
“I played 10 years in the NFL, pretty tough, was thinking basically I’m going to grind all this out,” he said. “It (expletive) kicked my ass.”
Campbell went from running a fever, to losing his sense of taste, and began to have breathing difficulties. That is when the family decided to take a trip to the emergency room.
When he was at the hospital, they gave him an oxygen mask and took his temperature which was a resounding 103.1 degrees.
He was completely isolated at the hospital despite having several other coronavirus victims on the floor with him. The only people he saw were a few nurses and doctors every couple of hours who tested his vitals.
“I would tell you this, I’ve never felt so supported and loved but yet lonely,” Campbell said. “Because I’m by myself. The weird part, and I received a lot of calls, a lot of phone calls from family and friends, which was awesome. But ironically, I didn’t have the energy to really communicate with them.”
After leaving the hospital, he says that he lost 17 pounds while battling the virus, and is at about 85% compared to his pre-COVID-19 status.
Mark Campbell was a tight end on the Michigan roster from 1995-1998 and played 8 seasons in the NFL with the Browns, Bills, and Saints.
4-star OLB Jamon Johnson has Michigan in Top-10
The Wolverines are attempting to continue a strong run of linebackers in Ann Arbor as they have have found themselves in the Top-10 of one of the best in the country.
Johnson is the No. 18 OLB in the draft class and the No. 213 player in the class according to 247sports. The prospect out of St. Francis Academy in Baltimore is one of many that has had interest in the Wolverines over the past few years. Michigan snagged four recruits from the high school last season and have been all over the school for the last several years.
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