Trieu: A look at Michigan's football camp season
Camp season is set to begin for college coaches and prospective recruits. Gone are the days and days of satellite camps Michigan was involved in in the past, as those are now regulated by NCAA rules.
But, the Wolverines staff will be making the rounds as guests at several camps on the campuses of several schools before returning to Ann Arbor to host their own summer camps.
On Friday, the staff is set to be in three locations. One is at Mercer in Macon, Ga., a state which Michigan has had great success in during head coach Jim Harbaugh’s tenure. The second is at Lindenwood, just outside of St. Louis for a two-day camp. St. Louis is quickly becoming one of the biggest talent hotbeds in the Midwest, and Michigan has recruited a number of players from that area, including 2018 signee Hassan Haskins. The third June 1 camp where Michigan is expected will be at Pittsburg State in Pittsburg, Kansas.
On Saturday, members of the staff will be at Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton, as well as at Tennessee-Martin’s camp.
On Sunday, the entire Michigan staff will be at Grand Valley State for their Best of the Midwest Football Academy. Harbaugh will speak at the event. Several Michigan targets in the 2019 class will be there, including defensive end Ruke Orhorhoro, VIPER Lance Dixon, and wide receiver Tre Mosley.
In the 2020 class, safeties Makari Paige, Enzo Jennings, linebacker Cornell Wheeler, wide receiver Rashawn Williams, and offensive lineman Justin Rogers already hold Michigan offers. Two freshmen, Belleville lineman Damon Payne and West Bloomfield running back Donovan Edwards will enter the camp already holding Michigan offers.
Michigan will be at Wagner College in New York on June 6 and 8. They also will be at Case Western in Cleveland on June 6. Then they will attend the Best of the DMV event at Bowie State. The DMV (D.C., Maryland, Virginia) area is a talent-rich part of the country that Michigan has recruited aggressively.
June 18 is shaping up to be a big day in Ann Arbor as Michigan will host their own camps that day. Two prospects from Columbus (Ohio) St. Francis De Sales who hold Michigan offers, VIPER Joey Velazquez and defensive tackle Rodas Johnson, are expected to be at the camp as will Grand Rapids East Kentwood class of 2020 defensive end Bryce Mostella, who was recently offered by Michigan. Louisville (Ky.) Butler class of 2019 wide receiver Demontae Crumes and class of 2020 cornerback Darius Jones, who both have Michigan offers, have also mentioned the possibility of being at that camp.
Wolverines make top 6 for Georgia athlete
Cordele (Ga.) Crisp County athlete Jammie Robinson (5-11, 180 pounds) named Michigan to his top six on Tuesday.
Michigan is the only northern school in the group as Robinson has Georgia, South Carolina, Kentucky, Auburn, and Tennessee-Chattanooga as his other five.
The 247Sports Composite has Robinson ranked as the No. 33 athlete in the country and No. 47 in Georgia for the 2019 class.
UM target sets decision date
Flint Carman-Ainsworth defensive end Michael Fletcher set a commitment date of June 29. He will announce a decision at his school that day.
His final six schools are Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Alabama, Kentucky and Nebraska.
Fletcher, a four-star recruit, will take an official visit to Michigan the weekend of June 22, his final visit before announcing his decision. He has official visits to Wisconsin (June 8) and Kentucky (June 15) before that.
Allen Trieu covers Midwest football recruiting for 247Sports. 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.