Michigan Wolverines: William White

The annual adidas Invitational is set to take place on Sunday, March 24, at Grand Valley State University, and as usual some of the top Midwest and national prospects will be on hand.

The camp, put on by Maximum Exposure, already has more than 40 prospects with offers on its roster and ready to compete. The event will put the athletes through individual events and one-on-one drills in the indoor facilities at Grand Valley.

As usual, Cass Tech High School will be represented well with 2014 prospects Damon Webb, Gary Hosey and William White. The underclassmen also will be on display for the Technicians, with 2015 quarterback Jayru Campbell, Joshua Alabi and running back Mike Weber on the roster.

The 2015 class might have a shot to steal the show at the event, with big names including wide receivers Brian Cole (Saginaw, Mich./Heritage) and Ray Buford (Southfield, Mich./Southfield), defensive end Jashon Cornell (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham) and defensive backs Tymeon Ollison (Akron, Ohio/Buchtel) and Tyriq Thompson (Detroit/King).

Thompson is the son of former Michigan standout Clarence Thompson and by all accounts could be a great player in his own right. Thompson will be joined by his teammates, 2014 linebacker Carl Fuller and defensive back Avonte Maddox, as well.

Defensive end Lawrence Marshall (Southfield, Mich./Southfield) has nothing really to prove with offers from Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss and Tennessee, among others, but he will be in attendance nonetheless.

Short list of visitors enjoys big win 

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The atmosphere inside Michigan Stadium was still lively despite the lack of competition in the Wolverines’ 63-13 rout of Massachusetts. The 110,708 fans in attendance made noise early on, which gave visiting recruits a sample of how exciting the atmosphere can be.

"The atmosphere at Michigan was exciting," 2014 linebacker William White (Detroit/Cass Tech) said. "Seeing the players and parents I have been seeing since I was a child really made it better. Also the fans were very friendly people."

White and classmate Damon Webb, a cornerback, were supposed to take in Michigan State's game against Notre Dame after Michigan’s game. A traffic jam didn't allow them to do that, so the Wolverines inadvertently prevented the Spartans from hosting the top prospects.

Prospects eager for big Saturday 

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Michigan's game against UMass isn't the most exciting game of the season for the Wolverines, and it won't even be the most exciting game played in the state on Saturday. Rival Michigan State plays host to Notre Dame in what should be a great matchup and an electric atmosphere in East Lansing.

The Spartans have a long list of visitors for the game against the Fighting Irish. The funny thing is there are duplicate names on Michigan's visitor list.

How is that possible? Since Ann Arbor is only roughly an hour and a half drive from East Lansing and Michigan's game has a 3:30 p.m. start time, there are a few prospects who are going to double dip and hit up both contests. The Spartans kick off around 8 so it should give the recruits enough time to pull it off.

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Detroit Cass Tech has a strong pipeline to Michigan, but 2014 linebackers William White and Gary Hosey ventured into what would typically be enemy territory on Saturday.

White and Hosey made their way to Columbus for the season opener Saturday between Ohio State and Miami (Ohio) on unofficial visits.

The Buckeyes have interest in both, and after witnessing the Buckeyes’ 56-10 victory over the RedHawks, the feeling is mutual.

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Midwest week 1 top performers 

August, 27, 2012
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It was a busy weekend covering games, and after close to 900 miles of travel, two states and six football games, it is time to reflect on what I saw.

I made it to Massillon (Ohio) Washington vs. Akron (Ohio) Buchtel on Thursday; Cleveland Heights vs. Toledo St. John’s on Friday; Detroit Martin Luther King vs. Southfield (Mich.) and Detroit Cass Tech vs. Brother Rice (Bloomfield, Mich.) on Thursday; and ended it with University School (Fla.) vs. Trotwood-Madison (Ohio) and Cincinnati Moeller vs. Baltimore Gilman on Sunday.

I tried to pick one top performer from each team, but it would have been unfair to do that for some of thee teams and players. But here is who impressed me the most this past weekend:

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2014 LB finds help with process 

August, 22, 2012
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Some college football prospects have the opportunity to experience the recruiting process with an older brother, which allows them to be a step ahead when they actually go through it.

But for players like running back/linebacker Gary Hosey (Detroit/Cass Tech), who doesn't have any older brothers, it could've been overwhelming when Big Ten schools like Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin started recruited him during his sophomore year.

But luckily for Hosey, he has any number of Cass Tech teammates who have gone through the process that he can go to when he has questions.

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After three-plus days of football, WolverineNation breaks down which players they believed to be the top performers in each position group at the Michigan football camp. Here are their defensive picks, in no particular order:

D-LINE:

  • 2014 Enoch Smith Jr. -- He has a nice frame and has been starting to pick up offers. Smith has a bigger body and hit the bags really well.

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Sound Mind Sound Body camp on tap

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The adidas Sound Mind Sound Body Football Academy will have its usual array of instruction from college coaches to high school prospects looking to make a name for themselves to earn a scholarship and learn both athletic and academic lessons to take with them to college.

This year, the camp running from June 13-14 at Southfield High School in Southfield, Mich., will have a good amount of Michigan commitments as well.

2013 Michigan football commits Shane Morris (Warren, Mich./De La Salle), David Dawson (Detroit/Cass Tech), Jourdan Lewis (Detroit/Cass Tech), Khalid Hill (Detroit/Cass Tech) and Csont’e York (Harper Woods, Mich./Chandler Park Academy) lead the list of players who are scheduled to participate in the two-day camp.

Among the other committed players are Florida’s Cameron Dillard (Canton, Mich./Canton), Illinois' Kenton Gibbs (Detroit/Cass Tech) as well as Notre Dame’s Jaylon Smith (Fort Wayne, Ind./Bishop Luers) and Steve Elmer (Midland, Mich./Midland).

There are plenty of uncommitted players that are scheduled to attend, including 2013 prospects Jack Wangler (Warren, Mich./De La Salle), Poet Thomas (Beverly Hills, Mich./Detroit Country Day), Teo Redding (Warren, Mich./Consortium) and Joe Mathis (Upland, Calif./Upland). Among the Class of 2014 participants are Malik McDowell (Detroit/Loyola), Deon Drake (Detroit/Cass Tech), Gary Hosey (Farmington Hills, Mich./Harrison), William White (Detroit/Cass Tech), Damon Webb (Detroit/Cass Tech) and Chance Stewart (Sturgis, Mich./Sturgis). Class of 2015 quarterback prospect Jay’ru Campbell (Detroit/Cass Tech) is also expected to attend.

Spots in the camp still remain and can be purchased here.
The Pontiac Silverdome will be the place to be for many top Midwest prospects on Saturday, April 7, as the Adidas Invitational, previously the Best of the Midwest, will be held. Prospects from the 2013, 2014 and even the 2015 classes will compete in one-on-one drills, position drills and combine testing all day long.

Here is a look at some of the prospects who will be on hand.

2013 Michigan commits: 2013 Michigan Targets: 2014 Michigan Targets: Other Prospects Expected to be on Hand:

Recruiting Mailbag 

March, 26, 2012
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Henry PoggiCourtesy of Maggie ThomasBaltimore, Md., DT Henry Poggi is one prospect that Michigan is hoping fills its open slots on the defensive line.

WolverineNation runs a recruiting mailbag feature every week and conducts a live chat in the weeks when the mailbag doesn't run.

Here's a look at this week's questions from the readers:

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Targets in the 2014 class can’t be officially offered yet, but inside linebacker William White (Detroit/Cass Tech) has been on the trail visiting schools.

On Saturday he was at Iowa. White has already been to Illinois and Wisconsin, and is planning a trip to Michigan State soon.

“I’ve really been impressed with the facilities at all the schools I’ve been to,” White said. “And especially academically, their graduation rates are something I’m looking at.”

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The Weekly Update at WolverineNation is a sneak peak inside Michigan recruiting.

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