Most of the top high school football players in the country participated in The Opening at Nike Headquarters this past weekend. The University of Michigan was well-represented with 7 commits and a couple of other targets in attendance. I’ve listed each of the Michigan commits below with a few notes on their performance at The Opening.
TE Jake Butt (Pickerington, Ohio): He is ranked as the #5 tight end in the country and was very impressive at The Opening. Butt showed off great hands and made several clutch receptions, including a game winner. He earned all-tournament honors.
OG Kyle Bosch (Wheaton, Illinois): I wasn’t able to see Bosch in action on ESPNU, but did see this quote. “It’s kind of crazy,” Bosch said, when asked about working with the NFL players at the camp. ”Seeing that they’re the same type of people we are and they have the same mentality about football.”
DE: Taco Charlton (Pickerington, Ohio): He was one of the leaders in one-on-one competition between the offensive and defensive linemen. He is long and has explosive athletic ability (see photo).
OG David Dawson (Detroit, Michigan): He came in as the #1 offensive guard in the country and performed well enough to keep a stranglehold on his top ranking. Dawson showed improvement with his footwork and quickness. He is a rock and looks like a player who will dominate the trenches in Ann Arbor.
CB Jourdan Lewis (Detroit, Michigan): Lewis was tremendous as he put his athleticism and ball skills on full display. He is dominant in coverage and snagged multiple interceptions during 7-on-7 competition. Lewis earned all-tournament honors and will surely see his stock rise after his impressive performance in Oregeon. Lewis was named the Nike+ Skills Challenge Champion.
LB Mike McCray II (Trotwood, Ohio): McCray impressed with his size and quickness. He nearly picked off Shane Morris in 7-on-7 and appears to be a natural fit for Big Ten Football.
QB Shane Morris (Warren, Michigan): The Ambassador of Michigan Football was outstanding. His passing was proficient and decisive. He carved up opposing defenses and did it in a variety of ways. He showcased his accuracy on long passes and was sharp in the short passing game. Morris was edged out for all-tourney honors by USC commit Max Browne.
Michigan target Laquon Treadwell made several circus catches and showed he can go up and get the football. He is the total package of size, strength, speed and character. Treadwell told rivals.com’s Mike Farrell that he was 75% sure he would eventually commit to Michigan. When that will be is uncertain, but Treadwell said he would decide when it felt like the right time.