As has always been the case, Michigan will host a number of camps this summer. These camps help build relationships with high school and college coaches, serve as recruiting tools, and otherwise engender good will toward the program among the populace. Mark Snyder brings details in the Detroit Free Press:
The summer gets a bit more hectic for the coaches later in June. U-M will host three football camps, each with its own focus. The traditional camp (June 14-17) is key for recruiting, offering a chance to have elite high school prospects on campus while evaluating their skills. U-M has expanded to include a 7-on-7 passing camp and team offensive-defensive linemen camp (June 18-19), when prep players can show off their skills as a group. The June 21-23 youth camp is for middle school students.
The camps are becoming more specialized (see: the 7-on-7 and lineman camps), allowing for easier evaluation of prospects. Expect a number of Michigan targets to attend the camps. Some of those who are expected include:
- Basically every in-state prospect, especially those hoping to earn offers (like Jonathan Hankins)
- The contingent from DeMatha, MD
- Torrian Wilson and perhaps teammate Corvin Lamb
- Various other prospects from across the country
Sam Webb gave a bit more detail on what the summer camps would entail on the WTKA Recruiting Roundup a couple weeks ago, including the information that top WR Kyle Prater may make a visit for the 7-on-7 camp with his Hillside Proviso West team. Also from the WTKA Show, GBW’s Allen Trieu discusses the drawbacks and benefits of the new camp format with Sam and Andy.
Thunder of Touch the Banner, a relatively new Michigan blog, says that non-prospects should remain wary: if you’re not a top recruit, don’t expect to get a ton of 1-on-1 coaching from the Wolverine staff.