Michigan Wolverines: Adoree' Jackson

These cornerbacks remind me of ... 

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If a program runs a high-concept scheme on defense, cornerback can be the most difficult position to make the leap from high school to college, aside from quarterback of course. Rarely do prospects face a player across from him who is bigger, faster or quicker in high school and they just don’t get challenged very often, which is why it can be very difficult to project the success of cornerbacks in college. Also, many players are not devoted to playing corner fulltime and must become acclimated through reps and experience to maximize their ceiling for production. Here are our top five cornerbacks and a comparable productive player for each at the collegiate level.


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- One thing is for sure for all the 2014 Under Armour All-Americans: This isn’t high school anymore. Day 1 is about gauging the competition. Some guys dive right in and some test the waters with their big toe, but by the end of the first day of practice, all those in attendance have a pretty good idea of where they stand and what they need to do to compete and get better.

Given that it is Day 1, the playbook is introduced (Team Nitro is going no huddle with wrist bands and limited plays), and there can be sloppy moments of indecision and uncertainty. With each rep, most, if not all, prospects began to get a better feel for what is expected. Most importantly, the center-quarterback exchanges were very good for the most part, which is generally the biggest worry. Upon completion of the first practice, here are some observations and things to look for over the week:

Top Performers


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Early Offer: Michigan quickly moves on 

November, 15, 2013
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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: After missing out on Da'Shawn Hand, Michigan didn’t waste time trying to fill its need at defensive end; can Texas become a factor for the nation’s No. 1 prospect?, and how many elite players are still up for grabs?

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The Michigan football offseason has been pretty interesting for the Wolverines. They transitioned from an offense catered to Denard Robinson to one built around pro-style QB Devin Gardner. Michigan has worked to rehabilitate running back Fitzgerald Toussaint as the team awaits the highly touted Derrick Green. And the offensive and defensive lines have incorporated many new (and young) faces.

But it was also a very interesting off-season for future Wolverine teams. The 2014 class took shape, picking up some very impressive commitments while the 2015 class began to find its identity with four commitments already. Heading in to fall camp next week, here are where both classes stand.

2014 CLASS
Commits:
14 | ESPN 300 commits: 9

ESPN 300 targets


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While Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) makes it look easy every time he steps on the field, the recruiting process off of it has become anything but.

With 12 schools -- Florida, Florida State, Illinois, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Tennessee, UCLA and USC -- remaining in the hunt for the nation's N0. 5 overall player, the next step for Jackson will be choosing which five will receive official visits.


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The Opening provided prospects with the opportunity to showcase their skills. It also gave them the chance to compare themselves against top competition. This type of camp can be a good recruiting tool as well, if prospects perform well and improve their stock.

Here is a look at five Michigan commits and targets who helped themselves at The Opening:

5. TE Ian Bunting (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central)
6-6, 223 pounds
ESPN 300 Rank: No. 116

Bunting was hampered by a minor hamstring issue during the week, but he still participated in every event. The soreness wasn't enough to stop him from displaying some excellent qualities in his routes and 7-on-7 play.

The Michigan commit probably didn't help his stock in a traditional sense, but because he is so new at playing tight end, this event was outstanding practice for him at the position. Getting the opportunity to play tight end against the top defensive prospects in the nation will only help him in the future.

4. DB Minkah Fitzpatrick (Jersey City, N.J./St. Peter's Prep)
6-0, 183 pounds
2015 prospects not yet rated


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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan had several areas of need in the 2014 class, chief among them being quarterback and linebacker, largely due to injuries both position groups have suffered. Here’s a look at the top five areas of need and what Michigan has done to address them so far.


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Lessons Learned: SPARQ championships 

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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The Opening got underway on Monday with SPARQ testing, as the nation's top football players competed in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, 20-yard short shuttle and kneeling power ball throw. The 10 best returned for the finals, with Speedy Noil (New Orleans/Edna Karr) taking home the championship. Here's a closer look at what we learned during the day:

Speedy is, well, speedy

Speedy Noil
David Helman/ESPN.comSpeedy Noil lived up to his name during SPARQ testing, posting the second-best score of all time.
Coming into The Opening, Noil was a prospect whom everyone was excited to see. Noil is ranked as the No. 8 prospect in the country, but his athleticism and speed were the two aspects that people were hoping to see.

He didn't disappoint on Monday, recording a 153.51 SPARQ score, which was the second-highest score ever behind Mike Mitchell from the 2012 SPARQ Finals.

Noil ran a 4.4 40, threw the power ball 41 feet and wowed everyone watching when he jumped 45.3 inches in the vertical jump.

And as his No. 8 overall ranking shows, Noil is far from just a freak athlete who can’t play.

At 6-foot, 176 pounds, Noil holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Oregon, Texas and USC, among others. The ESPN Hot Board has the five-star prospect predicted to LSU, but he remains uncommitted at this point. -- Tom VanHaaren


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Five-star CB Jackson to hit road 

July, 1, 2013
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LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- Five-star cornerback Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra) is one of the most sought-after athletes in the country. The 5-foot-11, 171-pound athlete is attempting to visit five schools this summer, including two right after The Opening concludes on Wednesday.


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The Opening: Michigan storylines 

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Last year, Michigan had several commits at The Opening in Beaverton, Ore. This year, the Wolverines will have just one commit in attendance: tight end Ian Bunting (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central). Wide receiver Drake Harris (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) was a late scratch because of his summer class schedule. He plans to enroll at Michigan early, so he's busy in the classrom.

Here are a handful of storylines to watch:


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WolverineNation Mailbag 

June, 25, 2013
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- It’s almost July, which means you only have about a month until Michigan starts fall camp and Brady Hoke can tell you (via us) every week that players are competing, football is being played and that Michigan, fergodsakes, is Michigan. Regardless, there are still questions, which is why I’m here.

Mike will be taking care of the mailbag next week so send your questions to him (michaelrothsteinespn@gmail.com, @mikerothstein). Now, on to this week’s questions…

1. Spenser Williams, Ann Arbor: Michigan and Ohio State are tearing it up on the recruiting trail, but what can the rest of the Big Ten do to catch up to them and make the Big Ten an elite conference?


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Michigan instant impact recruits 

June, 25, 2013
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Since Michigan is tearing up the recruiting trail, it’s only natural to think that some of the commitments and targets will have the opportunity to play early. Top ranked prospects want to get on the field as soon as possible, and some of them might have that chance.

Here is a look at 10 commits and targets for the Wolverines who could see the field early if they sign with Michigan.

1. Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic)

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The Opening, presented by Nike, will feature 162 of the best high school football players in the country. The event, which will include linemen, 7-on-7 and SPARQ testing competitions, is set to run from June 30 to July 3 at the Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.

The following events from The Opening will be televised on ESPNU:

July 1: SPARQ Rating National Championship, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. ET

July 2: 7-on-7 Pool Play, 9 p.m.-11:30 p.m. ET

July 3: Linemen Challenge Finals and 7-on-7 semifinal and championship games, 9 p.m.-midnight ET

The players will be divided in to six teams -- Alpha Pro, Apocalypse, Field Generals, Land Sharks, Super Bad and Vapor Carbon. Here is a closer look at how the teams match up.

Team: Alpha Pro
Coaches: Offensive coordinator Jordan Palmer, defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson

The Alpha Pro team will have plenty of targets to spread the ball around. Ermon Lane and Tyler Luatua, the No. 1-ranked receiver and tight end in the country respectively, bring size and playmaking ability to the passing game. ESPN 300 athletes Corey Holmes, Jalen Hurd, John "JuJu" Smith, Ja'Von Harrison, and Derrell Scott are all explosive offensive weapons.

Defensively Alpha Pro is led by Andrew Brown, the No. 1-ranked defensive tackle in the country, ESPN 150 cornerback Damon Webb, defensive end Andrew Williams, Ohio State linebacker commit Dante Booker and LSU cornerback commit Chris Hardeman.

Complete Alpha Pro roster.

Team: Apocalypse
Coaches: Offensive coordinator Adam Tafralis, defensive coordinator Donovin Darius

The first thing that jumps out about team Apocalypse is the talent in the defensive front seven. Team Apocalypse will be led by five-star defensive end Da'Shawn Hand and inside linebacker Raekwon McMillan. Hand, from Woodbridge, Va., is the No. 4-ranked player in the country, while McMillan was recently bumped up to a five-star linebacker. Joining Hand and McMillan along the front seven are ESPN 300 defensive linemen Anthony Moten and Ainuu Taua, and linebackers D.J. Calhoun and Rashaan Evans.

Offensively, team Apocalypse has no shortage of playmakers. ESPN 300 wide receivers Artavis Scott, K.D. Cannon and Michiah Quick will provide explosiveness in the passing game, while athletic running backs Joe Mixon and Royce Freeman will provide athletic and reliable targets out of the backfield.

Complete Apocalypse roster.

Team: Field Generals
Coaches: Offensive coordinator Charlie Frye, defensive coordinator Michael Fletcher

Seven-on-seven events are always geared towards the offense, but with five-star defensive back Adoree' Jackson, No. 3-ranked safety Jamal Adams, and ESPN 300 cornerback Adarius Pickett in the secondary, the Field Generals should more than hold their own. New Ohio State defensive end commit Jalyn Holmes and the No. 6-ranked defensive end in the country, Solomon Thomas, will be two to watch along the defensive line.

Offensively, the Field Generals are led by ESPN 300 offensive guard Damien Mama, ESPN 300 wide receivers Austin Roberts and Thaddeus Snodgrass and explosive Notre Dame running back commit Elijah Hood.

Complete Field Generals roster.

Team: Landsharks
Coaches: Offensive coordinator Craig Nall, defensive coordinator Keith Bulluck

The Landsharks have some big-time talent along each line of scrimmage. Led by five-star offensive tackle Cameron Robinson, the Landsharks also feature ESPN 300 offensive guard Corey Martinez. ESPN 300 defensive linemen Gerald Willis III and Thomas Holley, as well as ESPN 300 defensive end Chad Thomas, will form a very physical and athletic defensive line.

In the secondary, the Landsharks will have three defensive backs -- Arrion Springs, Chris Lammons and Tony Brown -- that are ranked among the top 85 players in the country. The defense also features ESPN 150 linebacker Nyles Morgan.

Offensively, explosive running backs Dalvin Cook, a Florida commit, and Racean Thomas form a dangerous tandem out of the backfield, and wide receivers Travis Rudolph and Jalen Harvey are solid receiving threats.

Complete Landsharks roster.

Team: Superbad
Coaches: Offensive coordinator Dennis Gile, defensive coordinator Harold Nash Jr.

The Superbad defense line is led by five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter and ESPN 150 defensive tackle Bijhon Jackson. The linebacking corp is stacked with three ESPN 300 members, including Clifton Garrett, Christian Miller and Edwin Freeman. Cornerback Jalen Tabor is the No. 19-ranked player in the country.

Offensively, Superbad has a huge advantage with the No. 1-ranked prospect in the country, running back Leonard Fournette. This team is loaded on offense, with wide receivers Drake Harris, Josh Malone and Speedy Noil all in the mix.

Complete Superbad roster.

Team: Vapor Carbon
Coaches: Offensive coordinator George Whitfield, defensive coordinator Chris Gizzi.

Vapor Carbon will be tough to throw against with defensive backs Quin Blanding, Naijiel Hale and Ed Paris roaming the field. The linebacker group is just as impressive, with Ohio State commit Kyle Berger, Kain Daub and Dillon Bates all leading the way.

The offense for Vapor Carbon could be lethal with running back Joseph Yearby and Nick Chubb in the backfield. Spreading out wide receivers T.V. Williams, Justin Brent and tight end Ian Bunting on the outside could prove to be an awesome combination for this squad.

Team Vapor Carbon has a lot of pieces to make a long run in the 7-on-7 tournament, but then again, every team is stacked in this competition.

Complete Vapor Carbon roster.
Since 2006, Michigan has not landed multiple top-10 recruits in the same signing class, a feat that has happened 12 times with other programs. In fact, Michigan hasn’t even signed one top-10 prospect in the same time period.

The closest the Wolverines have come to signing even one top player was in 2007 with quarterback Ryan Mallett. That, however, could change with the 2014 class.

Michigan has already gained the commitment of Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic), the No. 2 prospect in the nation. Peppers gives Michigan the highest-ranked prospect it has landed since 2006, but the coaching staff might not be done there.

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Podcast: Verbal Commitment 

June, 20, 2013
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Senior national recruiting analyst Tom Luginbill breaks down the initial ESPN 300 rankings, top-five recruits Adoree' Jackson and Leonard Fournette update their recruitment, and WolverineNation’s Chantel Jennings on Michigan’s top-ranked 2014 class all can be heard here.

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