Friday night at the John Carroll University camp, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh was running warm-up laps with the players. On Monday at Florida Atlantic, Harbaugh served as the quarterback in some of the drills, throwing passes to wide receiver campers.
Michigan’s camp season is in full swing and Harbaugh and his staff have already made stops in Ohio, Florida, Georgia and Maryland.
At Florida Atlantic, Michigan quarterback commit Joe Milton was in attendance. Milton had participated in the Elite 11 Finals in California over the weekend. Despite good reviews, he was not selected to the final 11, but was able to come back home and work with the Wolverine staff.
“He is an outstanding athlete,” said The Michigan Insider’s Sam Webb, who attended the FAU camp. “He is every bit of 6-foot-5 and extremely mobile with a rocket for an arm; he’s just raw. He is raw mechanically and that is what they spent a lot of time on. You could see him focused on his footwork, drops and delivery. On his follow-through, he was holding on to the ball and making his ball sink, and listening to the coaches, you could hear them working with him on that.”
Milton had offers from many other schools, but this coaching session with Harbaugh and co-offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton highlighted why he chose the Wolverines.
“Any coach would take this kid’s talents and see that he is athletically gifted and say I can make him something special,” Webb said. “He has a great rapport and vibe with Pep and you can see the connection with Harbaugh, as well. If you are a quarterback looking to developed, they have done it well and are renowned for it and that is very alluring and appealing to quarterback recruits. And in talking to Joe, that was a big part of the decision.”
This Florida stop produced new offers. Apopka Wekiva defensive tackle Tyler Davis, a rising junior who now has 11 offers, was one of them, as was Cardinal Gibbons rising junior defensive end Khris Bogle. Miami Norland freshman defensive end Samuel Anaele was offered. Two impressive defensive backs, Dillard rising senior Stanley Garner and St. Thomas Aquinas rising junior Jordan Battle, both worked out at the camp and hold Michigan offers, as well.
At the Mercer University and John Carroll stops, Michigan experienced one of the benefits of being part of these camps, which is getting time with local prospects who do not participate. Recruits who do not wish to work out can still register and pay for the camp in order to interact with the various staffs in attendance, including Michigan.
At John Carroll, highly-recruited Cleveland Heights defensive end Tyreke Smith stopped in, and at Mercer, safety Trey Dean and wide receiver Kearis Jackson attended.
“Dean is one who jumps out,” Webb said. “He trains with Myles Sims and Myles tells him about Michigan. He’s locked in a visit for June 12, and I think the face-to-face time with the coaches firmed that up for him. He spent time with Harbaugh, Don Brown, Chris Partridge and Brian Smith, so he made the rounds.”
The Wolverines are battling Georgia, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Penn State and others for Dean, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound senior-to-be from Hampton Dutchtown.
Jackson, a 6-0, 203-pound prospect with 24 scholarship offers, said he hopes to visit Michigan over the summer, but has not set a firm date yet.
The Wolverine staff will be at two camps, Tennessee State and Tulane, this Friday.
Texas freshman offered by Michigan
Seguin (Texas) safety Lejond Cavazos is only a freshman (class of 2020), but he has 13 scholarship offers, all of them from major programs.
The 6-0, 185-pound Cavazos was offered by Michigan on Monday and adds the Wolverines to a list that already included Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCLA and USC.
Cavazos played his freshman season at Cibolo Steele before transferring to Seguin in the spring.
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.