Visitors: June 24-26, 2016

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25Jun 2016
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Visitors: June 24-26, 2016

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Lexington (KY) Lafayette OT Jedrick Wills (image via Scout)

It’s getting difficult to keep all of Michigan’s on-campus camps in order, so I’m going to include any leftover visitors not mentioned elsewhere here. Some of these players are camping/have camped, while others are simply stopping by campus to see what all the fuss is about. The main purpose of these lists is to identify the players who are actively showing interest in Michigan, so it probably doesn’t matter a whole lot whether these guys are wearing cleats or flip-flops.

2017

Jhamon Ausbon – WR – Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy: Ausbon is a 6’2″, 217 lb. prospect with offers from Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #11 wide receiver, and #67 overall. He camped with Michigan when they made their way to Florida, and he also got a chance to see the team practice during the spring session at IMG Academy.

Dennis Bell – LB – Ellenwood (GA) Cedar Grove: Bell is a 6’2″, 217 lb. prospect with offers from Georgia State and Miami-OH. He earned a Michigan offer when he camped in Ann Arbor on June 21.

Ellis Brooks – LB – Richmond (VA) Benedictine: Brooks is a 6’2″, 233 lb. prospect who was previously committed to Duke. He also has offers from Michigan, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Virginia, and Virginia Tech, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #21 outside linebacker, and #309 overall.

Hunter Echols – DE – Los Angeles (CA) Cathedral: Echols is a 6’3″, 231 lb. prospect who committed to UCLA in February; he also has offers from Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, and USC, just to name a few. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #6 weakside end, and #90 overall. He insists that he’s solid to UCLA, but solid commits don’t generally pay their own way to travel from California to Michigan. He camped at the Shine Time Camp on Monday.

Darnell Ewell – DT – Norfolk (VA) Lake Taylor: Ewell is a 6’4″, 295 lb. prospect with offers from virtually every elite program across the country. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #9 defensive tackle, and #145 overall. He recently named an ordered top ten that included Michigan at #2, just behind Ohio State. He’ll be visiting on June 26.

Hit the jump for several more visitors and campers.

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25Jun 2016
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2016 Season Countdown: #75 Brandon Peters

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Brandon Peters (image via MLive)

Name: Brandon Peters
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 205 lbs.
High school: Avon (IN) Avon
Position: Quarterback
Class: Freshman
Jersey number: #18
Last year: Peters was a senior in high school (LINK). He threw for 3,103 yards, 37 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions.
Final TTB Rating: 90

Peters pledged to Michigan in April of 2015 and stayed strongly committed to the Wolverines throughout the process. He’s a quiet kid and didn’t make much noise on the recruiting trail, but he was a strong enough player to be invited to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the Elite 11 Finals, and he was named Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Indiana. During his senior season, he threw 37 TDs and just 5 picks while leading his team to a 10-3 record.

Peters struggled in the Army Bowl, going 4/16 altogether. He enrolled early at Michigan and continued to have some struggles there during spring practices, but you could see the physical skills. Rivals intimated that Peters was homesick during the spring and considering transferring, but nothing has come of that, at least not yet. I mentioned in the Final TTB Rating post that I think Peters is going to be a guy who relies on timing and chemistry with his receivers to be successful. In my opinion, he’s not a player who can step into a situation immediately and be a star from day one. Michigan’s top two quarterbacks, Wilton Speight and John O’Korn, are battling it out for the starting job, and redshirt junior Shane Morris seems like the #3 guy. Peters seemed to be the clear #4 behind those three and ahead of Alex Malzone in the spring. The staff will probably redshirt Peters if they can and then see how well he matches up with the other QBs in 2017.

Prediction: Redshirt

24Jun 2016
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2016 Season Countdown: #76 Wyatt Shallman

Wyatt Shallman

Name: Wyatt Shallman
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 245 lbs.
High school: Novi (MI) Catholic Central
Position: Fullback
Class: Redshirt junior
Jersey number: #33
Last year: I ranked Shallman #63 and said he would be a backup tailback (LINK). He played in one game and ran 3 times for 9 yards.

Shallman was the leading rusher in the 2015 spring game, which led some to believe that he would be used more heavily at tailback. He was dealing with an injury for part of last season, but the only time he saw the field was in a blowout win over Rutgers when he ran 3 times for 9 yards late in the game. Michigan used several other tailbacks more than Shallman, including converted cornerback Ross Taylor-Douglas, who has since transferred to Rutgers, and the now departed Derrick Green (destination: unknown).

This spring Shallman was being used at fullback. In my opinion, he did not look very enthused to be a blocking back. Additionally, I did not think he looked very effective as a blocker. There is a big opportunity at fullback since the top two guys from last year (Joe Kerridge, Sione Houma) are now toiling away in the NFL, but Michigan seems intent to use converted defensive end Henry Poggi and converted tight end Khalid Hill at the position, along with fifth-year walk-on senior Bobby Henderson. Shallman may be the most talented runner of that bunch, so maybe he gets an occasional opportunity to run the ball. However, he does not appear to be in the top three at his position group, so I’m not counting on him to be heavily involved this season.

Prediction: Backup fullback

24Jun 2016
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Michigan’s 2016 Satellite Camp Schedule and Participants

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Antioch (CA) Antioch RB Najee Harris (image via Maxpreps)

Since satellite camps were un-banned on April 28, Michigan and other programs are back on the prowl for schools to hold those camps. Hit the jump for a look at Michigan’s scheduled camps, expected participants, and some notes about the locations (updated on 6/14/16).

Note that players in bold have Michigan offers, and you can click on their names for highlights and other information.

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22Jun 2016
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2016 Season Countdown: #77 Jared Wangler

Jared Wangler (white jersey, image via MLive)

Name: Jared Wangler
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 231 lbs.
High school: Warren (MI) De La Salle
Position: Linebacker
Class: Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number: #19
Last year: I ranked Wangler #72 and said he would be a backup linebacker and special teamer (LINK). He did not play.

Wangler was a mid-level, 3-star recruit coming out of high school and a Michigan legacy. He had offers from LSU, Michigan State, and Penn State, among others, but he has yet to step on the field in two seasons at Michigan. As a redshirt freshman in 2015, the Wolverines had a lot of experienced linebackers. That won’t be the case so much this season.

Going into his third year, Wangler has yet to create any buzz on the practice field. It’s rare that players come out of nowhere after two or three years to be heavy contributors, so this will be a key year for him. True freshman early enrollee Devin Bush, Jr. worked his way up to second string in the spring, and there are rumblings that Michigan is looking to get Elysee Mbem-Bosse some time this fall to get him marinating for 2017. With Mike McCray II, Ben Gedeon, Jabrill Peppers, and Noah Furbush seeming pretty solidly entrenched as starters or part-time starters at linebacker, Wangler might be fighting for scraps of playing time.

Prediction: Backup linebacker, special teamer