In its second year, the Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Armour will feature three stops in the Midwest, including one in Michigan. This weekend, the series is in Columbus and Detroit to showcase some of the best talent across Big Ten country.
The Columbus camp on Saturday features six players who already hold Michigan offers — and several more with the potential to earn them down the road. The headliner is five-star running back Damien Harris, a former Michigan commit and the No. 4 player in the country. Of even greater interest to U-M fans is one of the five class of 2015 commits, Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne safety Tyree Kinnel.
Indianapolis Lawrence Central linebacker Darrin Kirkland, Pittsburgh Baldwin offensive lineman Sterling Jenkins and Memphis (Tenn.) University School offensive lineman Drew Richmond round out the 2015 players with offers. Pittsburgh Woodland Hills running back Miles Sanders is the only class of 2016 player expected to head to the camp with a U-M offer already in hand.
Sunday’s Detroit camp is just as interesting to Wolverines fans. Detroit King linebacker Tyriq Thompson, an offer recipient, and Detroit Cass Tech teammates Josh Alabi and Mike Weber headline the 2015 class. Two players in the 2016 class with Michigan offers — both of whom are high on the Maize and Blue — will also be there. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s linebacker Daelin Hayes had initially planned to announce his commitment at the camp, but will now hold off. Traverse City West offensive lineman Thiyo Lukusa is similarly high on U-M.
Even a 2017 prospect with a Michigan offer — there are only three of them nationally — will attend the camp in Orchard Lake St. Mary’s linebacker Joshua Ross, whose older brother, James, is a rising junior at U-M.
Players will run through positional drills and, perhaps more importantly, take one-on-one competitive reps against players at other positions, helping determine who belongs atop the rankings — while giving all in attendance a chance to hone their craft for the upcoming season this fall.
The Rivals Camp Series will close its regional events the following weekend in Chicago, before two national events — the Rivals Five-Star Challenge in Baltimore June 6-8 and Underclassman Challenge in Jacksonville, Fla., July 13 — close the book on the summer of competition.
Tim Sullivan is the Football Recruiting Editor of The Wolverine magazine and TheWolverine.com. He is also a contributor to national football recruiting coverage on the Rivals.com network. You can follow him on Twitter @TimS_Wolverine.