Jim Harbaugh breaks down Detroit-area players

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Donovan Peoples-Jones

Detroit – While speaking to Detroit high school coaches Wednesday at the Horatio Williams Foundation, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh provided updates on local players on his roster and offered insight into their development starting with the early enrollees:

Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Detroit Cass Tech: “Doing an incredible job. He’s come in, and he’s a very polished athlete, mature, a winner, a champion all the way. He has been outstanding.”

Ambry Thomas, CB, Detroit King: “He’s been outstanding. He’s a competitor. It’s important to him.”

Jaylen Kelly-Powell, S, Detroit Cass Tech: “He has made all the practices. He’s not afraid of anything and has a real nose for the football. He has been outstanding.”

JaRaymond Hall, OL, Oak Park: “Really came in and has changed his body like no other player on our team. He has really gotten lean. He had an elbow that was bothering him. We erred on the side of, he could have played, wanted to play, but we shut him down at the midway point through spring. He is a very talented young man.”

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Michael Onwenu, OL, Detroit Cass Tech: “He’s another, not a mid-year, but is right there vying for a starting position at right guard. Really playing with great technique.”

Lavert Hill, CB, Detroit King: “Is arguably are most talented corner on the team. He’s got to build a little more callus. He missed a few too many practices this spring, but the ones he was in, he definitely showed. He’s a talented guy. Very excited about him as well.”

Lawrence Marshall, DE, Southfield: “Know he’s not a young guy, but he is asserting himself on the defensive line. I think this is really his opportunity. We’ve got a lot of graduation in the defensive line, and he is definitely in the top five of our defensive linemen right now at this point.”

Khalid Hill, FB, Detroit East English: “Is in a battle right now with Henry Poggi at fullback. There’s no question his talent and his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. He is a complete package.”

Alex Malzone, QB Birmingham Brother Rice: “He didn’t do much this spring. He rolled his ankle in winter conditioning.”

Tru Wilson, RB/S, Warren De La Salle: “Now there’s a guy. He came in playing secondary, we were going to look at him at safety. We watched the way he was moving in camp, in the early part of camp and suggested he play running back. I saw him rip off some real big gains in the spring game. He’s battling right now for that third spot on the depth chart. He’s a solid fourth guy, fifth guy. We’ll see as he comes out of the summer, just exactly where he is in the rotation. He’s shown great vision, he’s shown really good balance.”