After coming to Ann Arbor again and spending a day at Michigan's Exposure U camp working with the Wolverine staff, Dudley (Mass.) Shepherd Hill tight end Sean McKeon decided that he had seen enough.
The 6-foot-5, 226-pound senior-to-be committed, canceling other planned visits and becoming the 13th commitment in the 2016 class for Michigan (Victor Viramontes committed later that night, pushing the class to 14).
"I really liked the school and it was really hard to not tell Sean, 'I really like the school and I think you should go here,' " McKeon's mother Charlotte McKeon said. "I waited until I saw what he thought. It's tough not giving (your kids) your opinion and letting them make their own decision. My husband and I both were trying not push him in any certain direction because we really wanted him to make the decision. But once we realized how excited he was about this place I said, 'If this is the place for you I think you should just tell them.' "
McKeon did just that. The staff happily accepted. Even though he already came to camp holding an offer, his impressive performance cemented his status as a must-get for the Wolverines.
To those who had seen him play before, such a performance was no surprise. Scout's East analyst Brian Dohn has seen him several times and believes the Wolverines are getting a good one.
"McKeon was one of the standout players at a Pylon 7-on-7 event in April in New Jersey, and his recruitment took off after it," Dohn said. "He still has a lot of room to grow. He's a good player and has a chance to be a great one."
Dohn notes getting stronger and bigger as something which greatly will benefit McKeon moving forward, especially if he can do that and keep his athleticism and 4.52 speed. He held additional offers from Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Temple, Connecticut and others at the time of his commitment.
A big reason his parents felt as comfortable as they did with his decision was head coach Jim Harbaugh.
"He is just a very inspirational coach," Charlotte McKeon said. "I like how passionate he gets with his football players. I think he's on a mission to make Michigan football No. 1. The vibe I get is there just seems to be a lot of excitement building and he is out-and-out on a mission. I think the football program is really going to be great."
As a junior, McKeon recorded 19 receptions for 354 yards and three touchdowns.
Other standouts at camp
West Bloomfield wide receiver Trishton Jackson was one of the most impressive players during the first two days of Exposure U.
A high school quarterback, the 6-foot-2, 188-pound Jackson's natural athleticism and ball skills have his stock on the rise. Jackson was offered by Michigan State on Wednesday, and a Michigan offer is certainly possible. One notable is that Jackson's high school coach is former Michigan receiver Ron Bellamy.
Also impressive at wide receiver was Southfield youngster Brandon Gray. Only heading into his sophomore season, Gray already has the height (6-5, 170 pounds) and made several spectacular catches during the one-on-one sessions Tuesday. He has a chance to be one of the best, if not the best recruit in the state in his class.
Chelsea wide receiver Bailey Edwards also had a strong Tuesday. The younger brother of former Wolverine great Braylon Edwards, Bailey has great speed, good size, and continues to polish and improve his positional skills. He proved to be a tough matchup for defenders.
At quarterback, the Wolverines had two of the state's most impressive young prospects, Southfield's Sam Johnson and Belleville's Dwan Mathis in attendance on Tuesday. Both players will only be freshmen this fall, but both already stand 6-foot-3 and have talents beyond their years. Both also already hold scholarship offers from colleges, with Mathis having Cincinnati and Akron and Johnson with Akron and Ohio.
On the defensive line, the top performers were Corey Malone-Hatcher of St. Joseph, who has a Michigan offer and sat out part of the day with injury, but won several one on one reps before that, Zeeland East's Johnathan Berghorst and LaGrange (Ill.) Nazareth Academy's Devonte Dunn. Among the top performers on the offensive line were Traverse City West's Jake Cerny and Detroit East English Village Prep's Tyrone Sampson, who will only be a sophomore but looked the part of a major Division-1 prospect.
Michigan commit David Reese (Farmington) stood out at linebacker. He continues to improve his coverage skills, and that showed when he matched up on Greenville junior tight end Keegan Cossou, who was another standout at camp on Tuesday.
Allen Trieu began covering the state of Michigan for Scout.com in 2005 and began managing the entire Midwest in 2009. He has been featured on the Big Ten Network on its annual Signing Day Show. His Michigan and Michigan State recruiting columns appear weekly at detroitnews.com.