Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Michigan Top 5: The Opening standouts
By Tom VanHaaren
The Opening provided prospects with the opportunity to showcase their skills. It also gave them the chance to compare themselves against top competition. This type of camp can be a good recruiting tool as well, if prospects perform well and improve their stock.
Here is a look at five Michigan commits and targets who helped themselves at The Opening:
5. TE Ian Bunting(Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) 6-6, 223 pounds ESPN 300 Rank: No. 116
Bunting was hampered by a minor hamstring issue during the week, but he still participated in every event. The soreness wasn't enough to stop him from displaying some excellent qualities in his routes and 7-on-7 play.
The Michigan commit probably didn't help his stock in a traditional sense, but because he is so new at playing tight end, this event was outstanding practice for him at the position. Getting the opportunity to play tight end against the top defensive prospects in the nation will only help him in the future.
4. DB Minkah Fitzpatrick (Jersey City, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) 6-0, 183 pounds 2015 prospects not yet rated
Fitzpatrick has good size for a defensive back, but didn't have a ton of hype surrounding him going into the event. He did a lot of things right during the event, and never seemed to look out of place.
As a 2015 defensive back, one of the youngest players at the event, he very easily could have gotten behind in this type of event. He stood his ground, though, and has helped move the spotlight to himself for the next recruiting cycle.
3. DB Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra) 5-10, 182 pounds ESPN 300 Rank: No. 5
Jackson displayed why he is hoping to one day make it to the U.S. Olympic track team after showing disappointment in his 4.44 40-yard-dash time at The Opening. He didn't make a ton of big plays, but when he did, they were big.
During one of his 7-on-7 games, Jackson had an interception and returned it for a touchdown. He was running so fast, he ran all the way through to the next end zone, where he was eventually greeted by his teammates. Jackson didn't have much to gain in terms of a ranking, but he definitely showed off his athleticism during the week.
2. DE Da'Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge) 6-4, 245 pounds ESPN 300 Rank: No. 4
The offensive linemen were in pads, which meant that it evened out the one-on-one battles. With some of the top ranked offensive linemen in attendance, Hand was one of the few defensive linemen that stood out.
He took on some of the top-ranked prospects, including Damien Mama (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco), and held his own. Hand displayed excellent burst and power in the drills and despite already being ranked in the top five, he showed everyone why he belongs.
1. WR George Campbell (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake) 6-4, 185 pounds 2015 prospects not yet rated
The 2015 wide receiver bolted through the 40-yard dash in SPARQ testing, recording a 4.36 time. That would be unbelievably impressive for anyone, but Campbell happens to be 6-foot-4 and 185 pounds. For a guy with his size to be moving that fast is incredible.
Campbell was one of five 2015 prospects invited to The Opening and he proved he belonged at that event. He didn't make it into the SPARQ finals, but he did end up winning the fastest man competition after posting another blazing time of 4.37.