Trieu: Recruits like Cass Tech flavor on Michigan roster

Allen Trieu
Special to The Detroit News
Donovan Peoples-Jones

Michigan's first home game against Oregon State allowed the Wolverines to get a good handful of visitors on campus last Saturday.

Sachse (Texas) cornerback Jared Mayden, an Oregon commit, officially visited for the weekend and told Scout's Greg Powers that he rated his trip an 8 out of 10.

"It was a really good experience. One of the highlights was getting to go on the field and on the sideline before the game," Mayden said. "Looking up into the stands and watching the stadium just slowly getting filled up with people. By the time the game started it was packed. Coach Harbaugh is just like what you see. He was getting intense."

Mayden was hosted by tight end Tyrone Wheatley Jr. and cornerback Keith Washington. He said he is still firmly committed to Oregon.

The state's top junior, Detroit Cass Tech's explosive wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones, and teammate safety Jaylen Kelly-Powell, both juniors with Michigan offers, attended the game and noted the play of Cass Tech alums on the Wolverine roster.

"It went well," Peoples-Jones said. "I think they played well, and I enjoyed my time. It was interesting and exciting seeing former Cass players and other people I grew up with play and get lots of action."

Kelly-Powell noted the play of former Cass safety Delano Hill. Wolverines offensive line commit Michael Onwenu, junior quarterback Rodney Hall, junior offensive lineman Jordan Reid and sophomore cornerback Kalon Gervin were among the other Cass Tech standouts who attended along with head coach Thomas Wilcher.

In addition to Hill, other Wolverines from Cass on the Michigan roster are linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone, offensive lineman David Dawson, and cornerbacks Jourdan Lewis and Terry Richardson.

Other top juniors who made the trip to Ann Arbor included Greater Atlanta Christian quarterback Davis Mills, Allendale (Mich.) defensive lineman Nate Umlor and Zeeland East (Mich.) defensive end Jonathan Berghorst.

Covington (Ga.) running back Kurt Taylor, offered by the Wolverines over the summer, was expected to attend but did not and has said he will reschedule for a later date.

Top visitors expected for UNLV

The Wolverines will host several more top prospects for this Saturday's home game against UNLV.

USC defensive tackle commit Keyshon Camp will make his way to town. His interest from and in the Wolverines has increased in recent months due to his friendship with freshman defensive end Rueben Jones and because one of his high school coaches is former Wolverine offensive lineman Ricky Barnum.

Five-star Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West linebacker Caleb Kelly will take his official visit to Michigan this weekend. Oregon, Texas, Notre Dame and Oklahoma are also due to receive official visits this season. He visited Michigan last spring. He does not plan to make a commitment until Signing Day.

Roseville (Calif.) four-star junior tight end Jimmy Jaggers will visit unofficially this weekend. He has a Wolverine offer along with UCLA, Washington, Northwestern, Tennessee and more.

Detroit King linebacker Armani Posey will be an unofficial visitor. A senior who currently holds just one offer, from Davenport, his stellar play this season has many believing more offers are on the way. King teammates Donnie Corley and Lavert Hill have been invited to the game but have not yet confirmed attendance.

More information

Jared Mayden profile

Keyshon Camp profile

Caleb Kelly profile

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.