Monday, July 25, 2011
Michigan recruits among Gridiron stars
By Brian Bennett
ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World was turned into a recruitnik's paradise over the weekend.
That's where the Gridiron Kings -- a 7-on-7 competition featuring some of the best talent in the country -- was held. As you might expect, ESPN.com's recruiting experts were all over it, and Michigan fans might like the developments.
One of the players who drew the most praise from the event was 2013 quarterback and Wolverines commitment Shane Morris. Here's what Tom Luginbill had to say about Morris:
"Morris, a 2013 QB prospect, already is pushing 6-2½ and he will be 6-3 and 215 pounds when all is said and done. He has a supreme arm and a lot of talent. Morris is a lefty with a compact delivery, and you don't see all lefties with that. He throws with pop and natural velocity. Right now, Morris doesn't have the clock operating in his head just right and that could be a result of youth or a result of playing in a foreign environment and not used to throwing to these receivers."
Jamie Newberg writes in his story that "Of the quarterbacks here, there's no mistaking Morris is the most polished." Another 2013 quarterback at the camp, Riley Ferguson, also has been offered by Michigan, among many others.
"I first met Riley at a Michigan camp last year and we battled it out and had a lot of fun," Morris said. "We both know that being here is an honor. It's a blessing to play with the best. We both want to prove we can compete with the 2012 kids. And we want to have some fun.
Another ESPN.com story from the event highlighted Michigan tight end target Ron "Sugar Bear" Thompson. That's right: Sugar Bear.
"It just started with a few of the guys here," the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Thompson said of the nickname. "It's all fun and games. I guess because I'm big and I can move, or something like that. It doesn't bother me. I'm just gonna go out and perform."
Thompson says Michigan is among his final three college choices, and he's playing on the same Midwest team as Morris.
"Shane is my man," he said. "I love to play with him. He throws a nice ball. Oh yeah, he's recruiting me. He keeps calling me stupid [for not committing to Michigan]. He's doing his job, though."
That Midwest team, by the way, shocked the two-time defending champion Southeast team in the semifinals. Who says the South always dominates? One of the players on the Midwest team was yet another Michigan recruit, defensive back Terry Richardson.
"Let's be real, that's the Florida team and we wanted to beat the Florida team more than anything," Richardson said. "They have been walking over everyone at Gridiron Kings from the beginning and we did not want to be the next team."