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Michigan camp notes: Wednesday

6/20/2012

Michigan finished its third and final full day of camp on Wednesday. With more than 1,300 campers going through the Wolverines' doors, the coaching staff has had quite a few looks at the possible talent pool over the next few years.

And after Wednesday, with a lot of heat and a lot of football, here are a few of Tom and Chantel's thoughts on the day.

QUARTERBACKS

Once again the 2014 prospects were the main stars and on Wednesday that included quarterback Deshone Kizer (Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic) and Jeremy Holley (Elyria, Ohio/Elyria Catholic). The two signal callers are different prospects, but both had a good showing.

Kizer is an athletic quarterback with a lot of size. At 6-4, 205 pounds Kizer considers himself a passer first, that can run to extend the play.

He started off a little shaky, which could have been attributed to nerves but took well to the coaching he received from Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges. Kizer worked with the top group throughout most of the day and showed that he can make most of the throws.

Holley on the other hand looked like a prototypical pro-style quarterback. He's already 6-5 and really impressed with his arm and footwork. He too got a lot of attention from the Michigan coaches and once he tweaked some technique issues started hitting receivers in the numbers.

Another quarterback that was being watched by the coaching staff was 2015 prospect Jay'ru Campbell (Detroit/Cass Tech). The freshman quarterback has been displaying his arm strength, accuracy and nice release at quite a few camps recently.

He once again showed why programs are starting to look at him so early on as he made some big time throws. He had a few passes get away from him on the day, but that's somewhat expected, and he recovered nicely the next time around.

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Highlighting the defensive backs on Wednesday was 2013 prospect Channing Stribling (Matthews, NC/Butler), whose performance through the first three days of camp got him what he considers to be his first big offer.

"The defensive coach said I worked hard," Stribling said. "I came in like I had a chip on my shoulder. I was unknown coming in and I worked."

The rising senior said he would think over his decision for the next week or two before making a decision. If he commits to Michigan, Stribling would be the Wolverines' fourth member of the already-strong 2013 secondary, joining Jourdan Lewis (Detroit/Cass Tech), Dymonte Thomas (Alliance, Ohio/Marlington) and Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio/Washington), who attended camp on Wednesday.

Another prospect with an offer, Damon Webb (Detroit/Cass Tech) was on hand for the afternoon portion of camp Wednesday. The 2014 recruit made life difficult for nearly every receiver he matched up with, and every quarterback that faced him.

After each drill and down he played, it seemed as though another Michigan coach was pulling him aside or coaching him up.

Other 2014 defensive back prospects that showed up big on Wednesday were D'Andre Payne (Washington, D.C./H.D. Woodson), Troy Vincent Jr. (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) and Darius West (Lima, Ohio/Central Catholic).

THE TRENCHES

The Wolverines' success on the lines in their 2013 recruiting class has limited the number of rising seniors in their camp, but quite a few 2014 prospects showed their stuff during Michigan’s camp.

Headlining Wednesday on the defensive line was Enoch Smith Jr. (Chicago/Mount Carmel), who said he learned a lot from Michigan defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery. He said the coaching staff told him to have a great season and that they'll continue recruiting him hard.

Also on the defensive line was Gelen Robinson (St. John, Ind./Lake Central), younger brother of 2012 Michigan basketball signee Glenn Robinson. The younger of the two Robinson's plays both linebacker and defensive lineman for his high school team, but spent all three days of Michigan's camp working on the line.

On the offensive side of the ball, 2014 guard Nathaniel Devers (Massillon, Ohio/Washington) impressed coaches. Michigan offensive line coach Darrell Funk chose Devers as his best offensive lineman in the final day's one-on-one's and he even got an invite to July's BBQ in the Big House.

"[Funk] thought I played pretty well," Devers said. "I'm only going to be a junior and I think they want to see me against some better competition first, because my old school was D-3."

The 6-foot-4, 270-pound Devers holds just one offer, from Toledo. But with his size and strength, he should continue to pick up offers pretty fast. The Michigan coaches have been impressed with his body -- he benches 405 pounds and squats 525 pounds.

Devers has liked going through the recruiting process with Michigan, saying he has enjoyed getting to know defensive coordinator Greg Mattison, who recruits Devers' area in Ohio. He will also be teammates with 2013 defensive back commit Conley in the fall, which doesn't hurt the Wolverines' chances.

"Gareon's always talking about Michigan all the time, how great it is," Devers said. "It just makes me like it even more."

WIDE RECEIVERS

The theme of the week at camp has been top wide receivers going against top defensive backs and that continued on Wednesday.

The only offer to a receiver on the day went to 2014 Corey Holmes (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas), who had been hoping to hear his name called. The coaching staff worked him hard throughout the week and he passed the test.

"I think that's what it was, a test. They were testing my physical and mental toughness," he said. "They wanted to see if I would come up with any excuses or complain and I didn't. I really enjoyed working with the coaches."

He ran great routes, and always seemed to have separation between himself and the defensive back. He has good speed for his size and made some big time catches.

This was a business trip for Holmes and the only goal was to earn an offer from the Wolverines. He grew up a fan of Michigan, so when the coaching staff let him know he has full ride he was ecstatic.

"It's overwhelming. I told my dad that it's almost too good to be true," he said. "It's been a dream my whole life to have the opportunity to play for the University of Michigan. They're the heavy favorite for me."

Despite being the heavy favorite Holmes says he plans on waiting to make a decision, most likely through his junior season. It seems as though it will be tough to beat Michigan for his services no matter how long he waits.

Dominique Booth (Indianapolis/Pike) was also on hand, and showed off his physical nature. He wasn't afraid to run routes through the middle of the field in 7-on-7's and was tested by some of the top corners on hand.

He had a few drops along the way, but overall had a great camp performance.

A somewhat familiar face was on hand, depending on who was watching. Wide receiver John Miller (Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley) is a 2014 prospect, but has been around the Michigan program his whole life.

"Growing up we used to go to a lot of games, and I used to be a ball boy when my brother Glen was at the Michigan camps," he said.

He was in attendance for games because his uncle is former wide receivers coach Erik "Soup" Campbell. His uncle is currently coaching receivers at Iowa, but Michigan seems to have impressed Miller with the camp.

"I loved it; I think I'll come back up next year," he said. "All the speakers like Mike Hart and Kevin Koger convinced me that I think I would like to play at the University of Michigan."