Michigan Wolverines: Corey Holmes

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As expected, Day 2 at the Under Armour All-America practices were smoother, more concise and much more productive. The players are now starting to think less and play more. Natural ability is starting to come to the forefront, which allows for them to be more productive. There have been fewer dropped passes, fewer misses by the QBs and the offensive lines are starting to jell quicker than expected. Perhaps the most impressive thing about this group is there have not been any true letdowns. They have stepped up and been as advertised almost top to bottom for both squads. Let’s hit the highlights of the day:

Top performers

WR Cameron Sims (Monroe, La./Ouachita Parish): Sims might not wow anyone with his 40-yard dash time, but it may not matter. Sims is so similar to Mike Evans at Texas A&M. He just makes plays. He has extremely long arms and is outstanding when in contested matchups. The ball will look like it is uncatchable and then next thing you know he jumps out of nowhere, extends and makes a play and the defender is left scratching his head. When it comes down to it, the QBs for Team Highlight can trust that if they need to throw it up, Sims will make a play. The most basic thing about the position is catching the football and Sims has no problem doing that.


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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.

Region Series Quick Hits: Southeast 

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Quick Hits is a look at the must-know facts for each region in regards to Michigan and its football recruiting efforts. It will give you an idea of the Wolverines’ history in that region, as well as what one can expect from that region over the next few seasons.

SOUTHEAST


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WolverineNation Mailbag 

May, 28, 2013
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- What a three-day stretch. Sunday, Michigan gets its highest-ever ranked recruit (during the ESPN recruiting era). Monday was a day to honor our armed forces. And Tuesday … well … you get my mailbag. OK? All right, fine. Not quite the hype of the two days before. Let’s say Tuesday is the two-day anniversary of the Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic) commitment. Better?

Anyway, it’s summer so let’s focus on recruiting in this week’s mailbag. Next week, Mike will take care of this so get your questions over to him (michaelrothsteinespn@gmail.com or @mikerothstein). Until then, let’s answer some recruiting questions you guys have.

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NCAA recruiting rules are some of the more scrutinized pieces of legislation, given the nature of the beast. The rules are complicated and, in many real-life scenarios, don't make a lot of sense to recruits. The rules are put forth to structure the recruiting process, but are they really making the process easier for coaches and recruits?

With recruiting happening faster and faster, some prospects said they believe a few rules need revamping. NCAA Bylaw 13.1.1.1, the “bump” rule, for instance, states, "Off-campus recruiting contacts shall not be made with an individual (or his or her relatives or legal guardians) before July 1 following the completion of his or her junior year in high school."


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As if landing one commit in one week was enough for Michigan, the Wolverines have added another prospect to the 2014 class.

Wide receiver Maurice "Moe" Ways (Beverly Hills, Mich./Country Day) committed to Michigan while on a visit on Thursday. The 6-foot-3 prospect confirmed his commitment via text, and is now the second wide receiver in this class.

Ways grew up a Michigan fan and was recently offered after wide receivers coach Jeff Hecklinski evaluated him in person during the evaluation period. A prospect who was sure to rise up the ranks and continue to add to his offer list, Ways is an excellent addition to fellow receiver commit Drake Harris (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian).

With a good combination of size, hands and speed, Ways will be versatile in what he will be able to do in Michigan's offense once he gets to Ann Arbor. Likely slated for the outside, he will be a guy who can stretch the field or go up and get the jump ball, which is exactly what Michigan wants.

Despite having two receivers committed now, Michigan would still take another wideout in this class. Prospects including Artavis Scott (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake), K.J. Williams (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) and Corey Holmes (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) are all still options.

Ways is the No. 7 commitment in Michigan's 2014 class, and there are approximately nine remaining spots.

WolverineNation Mailbag 

April, 17, 2013
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Malik McDowellTom Hauck for ESPN.comESPN Watch List defensive end Malik McDowell doesn't exactly have to worry about losing a potential spot in Michigan's 2014 class.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The weather is warming up in Michigan, which means a few things: basketball is over, spring football is most definitely over, and camps and combines are right around the corner. So, since recruiting is going to dominate the airwaves for the next few months as Brady Hoke puts this next class together, I decided to dedicate most of today’s mailbag to questions about the 2014 class.

Next week Mike is taking care of this, so get your questions to him (michaelrothsteinespn@gmail.com or @MikeRothstein). Now, on to this week’s questions...

1) Micah Nuechterlein via Twitter: If Lawrence Marshall (Southfield, Mich./Southfield) were to commit, would they still take Malik McDowell (Detroit/Loyola) and Da’Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge) in this class? A: I really don’t see that happening. But, if it did (and crazier things have happened), then yes, I do think that they would take all three. Because you just don't pass on a Da'Shawn Hand or Malik McDowell. They are all different players along the line, so as long as the numbers work the coaches wouldn't pass on any of them. That might not matter, though, because they all seem to have different timelines to make their decision. The coaches are aware of where they stand with each guy and how many spots they have left, so I wouldn't worry too much about this scenario.

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- With only 16 spots for certain -- and possibly another two to three with roster attrition -- Michigan’s 2014 class will be the smallest of Brady Hoke’s tenure.

It also means there is a numbers crunch. As commits come in at a given position, players at those positions with Michigan offers and interest need to pay attention.


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WolverineNation Roundtable 

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Every Thursday our writers debate and discuss three issues surrounding the Wolverines. Today, they look at kids who would’ve benefited from an early enrollment, some March Madness and some under-the-radar 2014 prospects.

1) Which 2013 signee who didn't enroll early would've benefited the most from doing so?


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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The Michigan fan base breathed a sigh of relief last week when Devin Gardner was awarded a medical redshirt, giving him an extra year with the Wolverines. That means he will be a redshirt junior next fall, and in 2014, he'll be a redshirt senior -- prompting some prognosticators to give the Wolverines a shot at the Big Ten and national titles that season.

It was a huge boost to Brady Hoke and the Wolverines, but it also has been a help on the recruiting trail.


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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- With defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery leaving the Michigan staff for a job at Oklahoma, the Wolverines will have some scrambling to do this offseason as they look for a replacement.


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2014 Michigan WR targets 

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The past two recruiting classes Michigan has brought in bigger receivers, none under 6-foot-2. The coaching staff has been unable to reel in the elite receiver they have been after though, and are hoping to do so in the 2014 class.

Here is a look at some of the wide receiver targets for 2014:

Offered Targets:

Drake Harris
Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian

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WR Corey Holmes has huge state final 

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Although they were underdogs in 2012, it’s no real surprise to see Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas holding up another state championship at the end of the third weekend in December.

And while 2012 was a nice surprise to some, it appears that the Raiders will be loaded again in 2013 and one of the top returning starters will be wide junior receiver Corey Holmes.

Holmes had four receptions for 167 yards and a touchdown in Friday’s victory over Tallahassee Lincoln. And it’s no surprise the 6-foot-1, 172-pound prospect is already high on several recruiting boards.

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Weekly Update: OL targets 

November, 29, 2012
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The Weekly Update at WolverineNation is a sneak peek inside Michigan recruiting.

OFFENSIVE LINE

Michigan is still pursuing an offensive lineman for this class and it looks like the main targets right now are Kenny Lacy (Phoenix/Mountain Pointe), Cameron Hunt (Corona, Calif./Centennial) and Na'ty Rodgers (Pomfret, Md./McDonough).

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Local 2014 targets top fans' priority list 

November, 19, 2012
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Malik McDowellTom Hauck for ESPN.comMichigan fans want 2014 Detroit Loyola DE prospect Malik McDowell to stay close to home.
On Friday WolverineNation provided list of 10 top Michigan targets for 2014 and asked you to prioritize them. After receiving more than 900 votes, here is how you ranked them, with first-place votes in parentheses:

1. Malik McDowell (511)

2. Damon Webb (82)

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