Michigan Camp: Monday Report

Kalani Vakameilalo

The first full day of Michigan's Wolverine Technique School allowed a few players to emerge from under the radar. One recruit walked away with a Michigan offer and others put themselves in good position to earn them down the road.


Strong Up Front

The defensive line was a good group today, lead by Warren Harding (Ohio) class of 2015 prospect Hjalte Froholdt, who holds a Michigan offer along with several others. He has good size, took to the coaching and used the techniques he was shown and consistently won his reps. He's an inside guy at the next level and has great upside.

Kapolei High (Hi.) rising senior Kalani Vakameilalo is a big, powerful kid. He's athletic for that size, he just needs to keep working on technique, but he's a BCS level prospect. Cincinnati Moeller's Elijah Taylor has a couple offers already. The rising junior had a solid day. He did a nice job with his hands and took a lot of reps. Two other kids to watch are Randolph (Ala.) rising senior defensve end Alex Kofskey, who has a nice frame at 6'6, 220-pounds. He had a good day. I'd expect someone to end up offering him. A young kid to watch is Charlotte Christian's Philip Walton, a 6'5 class of 2015 prospect.

On the offensive line, McEachern (Ga.) rising junior Chuma Edoga has really good feet and some nastiness to him as he drove one would-be defender through the drill. He's still on the light side, but there was lot to like about his game.

Philadelphia (Pa.) St. Joseph's Prep has a 2015 legacy for Michigan in Jon Runyan Jr., who had a good day at camp. Brownsburg (Ind.) junior to be Evan Mallory had a nice showing. He's big, used his strength to lock out defenders and was not beaten often today. Indianapolis Cathedral's Jared Thomas is another who performed very well. He's still on the lighter side too, but has good technique. Downers Grove South (Ill.) rising sophomore Erik Swenson, a big young tackle already with several offers, continues to show that he is ahead of his years.

Others who did well include Petoskey (Mich.) class of 2016 lineman Tommy Roush. And two seniors, David Dillard from San Diego (Ca.) and Nic Sawyer from Saline (Mich.) who should play on some level in college.

Youth Movement

There were several class of 2015 and 2016 members who had good days. Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier 2015 linebacker Justin Hilliard earned an offer from Michigan. He's a put together kid who showed he could run as well as bend and move. Brother Rice (Mich.) quarterback Alex Malzone, who will be a junior, can really spin it. His ball has nice pace on it, he consistently hit guys in the numbers, and as he improves his mechanics, he should only get better and better.

Pittsburg (Ks.) running back Alex Barnes is a nice sized kid who showed good feet and receiving ability out of the backfield. He's definitely one to pay attention to.

Charlotte (NC) Christian 2016 running back Elijah Deveaux is quick and athletic for such a young kid. His body looks more like a wide receiver or defensive back right now. No matter where he ends up, he's a big time athlete. Lansing Sexton's Avonte Bell is a good sized 2015 kid who has a chance to play at the next level as well.

Columbus (Ohio) Walnut Ridge's Anthony McKee Jr. and McDonogh (Md.) prospect Wyatt Cook are two 2015 linebackers who showed they have the talent to play at the next level. The same goes for two defensive backs in that class, McEachern (Ga.) corner Tyler Woodley and Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne's Tyree Kinnel, who played corner last year but we think projects to safety in college.

Three young quarterbacks other than Malzone who did well were Yorktown (Ind.) 2015 Riley Neal, Bloomington (Ill.) Normal 2015 Josh Kirschenbaum and Trotwood-Madison (Ohio) 2016 Messiah deWeaver.

Rising Seniors to Know

Not every good player leaves with a Michigan offer. Due to the situation at quarterback and running back, kids at camp at those positions in the 2014 class are unlikely to receive offers, but are still making the most of the camp to impress the other coaches in attendance and possibly still earn a Michigan look.

Cardinal Newman (Ca.) quarterback Keaton Dunsford has good size and threw the ball well today. Springfield (Ma.) Central's Cody Williams can spin it as well.

Marvin Ridge (NC) running back Yusupha Foster-Napier is a tank of a kid who did well in drills, as did Ferguson (Mo.) McCluer's Wyatt Clark.

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