Trieu: Michigan rising fast for four-star LB Cameron McGrone

Allen Trieu
Special to The Detroit News
Cameron McGrone

Michigan extended a scholarship offer to four-star Indianapolis Lawrence Central linebacker Cameron McGrone when he visited on June 22.

Although other programs had offered prior to that, the visit quickly moved the Wolverines up his list. They were part of his top six along with Indiana, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin. The Wolverines kept in touch with him since then.

McGrone said the coaches were in contact during his week in Oregon for Nike’s The Opening Finals. He plans to return to campus July 29 for the BBQ at the Big House.

“The coaching style and the linebackers they have produced, that’s a big pull for me,” McGrone said. “I have a friend, (running back) Chris Evans, who goes there. I’ve been able to talk to him and pick his brain and see why he picked Michigan. It was great.”

McGrone has had an excellent spring. Most analysts considered him to be one of the top linebackers at The Opening Finals, as well as at Notre Dame’s Irish Invasion. Prior to that, he attended an Opening Regional in Oakland, where he earned an invite to the finals.

Considering McGrone tore his anterior cruciate ligament in October, his recovery was remarkable. He looks faster and more explosive than prior to that injury. His 4.67 40-yard dash in Oakland was proof of that.

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“He did a great job during the training camp part of The Opening Finals,” Scout director of recruiting Brandon Huffman said. “During the drills, he was one of the most noticeable linebackers in terms of his speed and ability to move laterally.”

Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown has been the lead recruiter for McGrone. Brown’s aggressive style of defense suits his playing style well. However, it has been Brown’s personality that grabbed his attention more than X’s and O’s.

“Definitely, he gets me going,” McGrone said. “His knowledge is great in football. He’s been business for so long. That’s really the main thing. He’s very enthusiastic, so I could see myself around a guy like that, getting me hyped up every day.”

While a top six was named, Wisconsin and Notre Dame are considered to be the stiffest competition the Wolverines face in the race for McGrone.

Getting him back to the barbecue will certainly help their cause, and getting him back for a game in the fall before he makes a final decision (targeted for October) will be of great importance, as well.

“Definitely the game atmosphere, that’s a big thing for me (in my decision),” McGrone said. “I love seeing the fans and being real hyped up on game day, so that’s a big thing.”

Offered offensive lineman to visit

Tampa (Fla.) Plant offensive lineman William Putnam will visit Michigan on July 26. Putnam was offered by the Wolverines in June. Putnam (6-4, 267 pounds) is rated a four-star prospect by Scout after a stellar first three seasons at Chatham (Ill.) Glenwood.

He moved to Florida following the 2016 season.

Putnam has additional offers from Ohio State, Georgia, Iowa, LSU, Nebraska, Michigan State, Penn State and more.

Four-star athlete to visit

St. Louis Trinity Catholic’s Isaiah Williams, one of the top prospects in the Midwest’s 2019 class, will visit Michigan for the July 29 BBQ at the Big House.

Williams, a high school quarterback, is being recruited by schools as a defensive back or wide receiver. Michigan, who has offered him a scholarship, has told him he would have an opportunity to play both in Ann Arbor.

He has visited Michigan once previously. He has additional offers from more than 40 schools, including Ohio State, Stanford, Auburn, Florida, Ole Miss and more.

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William Putnam profile

Isaiah Williams profile

Allen Trieu began covering the state of Michigan for 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