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Top 2014 and 2015 QBs at Michigan camp

6/18/2012
Chantel Jennings/ESPN.com

The Wolverines have already lined up a replacement for quarterback Denard Robinson in the 2013 class -- Shane Morris (Warren, Mich./De La Salle). But that doesn't mean they've stopped looking for the player who can challenge Morris in the future.

During the first day of Michigan’s Technique School football camp, several quarterback prospects gave the Michigan coaches a look at who that next big name could be. Here are the top performers in the 2014 and 2015 classes:

2014 QB COLEMAN KEY (Broken Arrow, Okla./Broken Arrow)

The Wolverines have been pursuing Key for more than two months, and the 2014 signal-caller was looking forward to his first trip to Ann Arbor.

Even though he left without an offer, he did get an invite to the BBQ at the Big House in July, which he plans to attend. He also had a chance to meet privately with Michigan coach Brady Hoke and offensive coordinator Al Borges, and offensive line coach Darrell Funk gave Key and his family a tour.

Key was impressed with Michigan's facilities, but what stood out the most was the Big House.

"That was almost overwhelming, how big that thing was," Key said. "We have nice stadiums in Oklahoma, but nothing like that. That was pretty crazy."

It was Key's fifth camp in less than three weeks, but the rising junior didn't appear tired at all. He completed pass after pass and was one of five quarterbacks chosen to compete in the one-on-one events at day's end.

He said he got good feedback from Borges and that he felt himself improve in the short amount of time he spent with the Wolverines coaching staff.

"As the day went along I felt my feet get better," Key said. "That was the main thing Coach Borges was talking to me about -- my feet and how I was throwing the deep balls differently."

And as his family was packing up the car and driving to his next camp, Monday night at Notre Dame, Key was already planning his trip back in July for the barbecue.

"I thought everything about Ann Arbor was great," Key said. "It depends on how it works out, I'll try to fly up here [in July]. I'll definitely try to make it."

2015 QB MIKE O'CONNOR (Chattanooga, Tenn./Baylor School)

His coach Victor Tedondo believes O'Connor might be the best Canadian signal-caller since Jesse Palmer, and because of his skill level O'Connor has decided to transfer to a school in the U.S. to give him more exposure as a pro-style quarterback.

O'Connor wasn't planning on attending the Michigan camp until Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges urged him to do so after seeing the quarterback perform at last week's Sound Mind Sound Body event in Southfield, Mich.

"[Borges] took me aside and even worked with me a bit," O'Connor said. "But he asked me to come down to the Michigan camp so I did."

And O'Connor didn't disappoint during the first day of camp. The rising sophomore was one of five quarterbacks selected to participate in the final one-on-one's of the day, which featured the camp's best players.

The coaching staff had told O'Connor earlier in the day that they wanted to sit down with him after the camp, but because of a two-hour rain delay that sit-down had to be cancelled. With O'Connor heading back Monday evening to Canada, he was able to speak with the coaches briefly, but Borges said that O'Connor needed to call him in a few days.

"He said he and Hoke were really impressed," O'Connor said. "I think I did pretty well, but there's always stuff to improve on."

O'Connor holds five offers -- the biggest being that of Michigan State. However, Tedondo believes that Michigan won't be too far behind, possibly as soon as O'Connor and Borges' phone conversation.

"They love him and his game," Tedondo said. "I definitely think they'll make an offer."