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March 22, 2013
Weekly Recruiting Wrap: Adidas Invitational
Each offseason, the focus in football recruiting switches from the high school performances of prospects to the work they put in between years. For the most part, that means it's time to see several camps and combines.
Every year, one of the biggest camps is the Adidas Invitational. This year, it will be held at Grand Valley State University, and takes place all day Sunday.
There are several prospects for Michigan fans to watch
Detroit Cass Tech 2014 cornerback Damon Webb (Ohio State commit)
Although Michigan has already missed out on Webb, this will be an opportunity to evaluate him against some of the Midwest's best receivers. He impressed in this event last year as a wide receiver before switching to primarily defense.
Southfield (Mich.) 2014 defensive end Lawrence Marshall
Though Marshall briefly joined Webb on Ohio state's commitment list, he's back on the market. He has taken several offseason visits to both Michigan and Michigan State, and has legitimate interest from both. The 6-4, 215-pounder has scholarship offers from schools across the country.
Detroit Cass Tech 2015 defensive lineman Joshua Alabi
Michigan was the first school to offer Alabi, a 6-4, 255-pounder who could play on either side of the ball as a BCS-caliber lineman. While he's primarily been a defensive player for Cass Tech, he may prove this fall - his first as a starter on offense - that his long-term future lies on the other side of the ball.
Saginaw (Mich.) Heritage 2015 wide receiver/athlete Brian Cole
Michigan was the first program to offer Cole, who has the size (6-2, 190 pounds) and athleticism to project to a number of positions at the college level by the time he's a senior. He has already visited Michigan and Michigan State this offseason.
Detroit Cass Tech 2015 running back Mike Weber
Weber holds a handful of offers, including one from Michigan. The 5-11, 206-pounder has powerfully built, but the name of his game is speed at the second level. He has visited Michigan multiple times this offseason.
Others of Interest
Clarkston (Mich.) 2014 cornerback Tim Cason
Cason will visit Michigan Saturday afternoon, and then make his way to Grand Valley State for the combine Sunday.
Detroit King 2014 cornerback Jalen Embry
Embry is one of the state's fastest-rising prospects. He has visited Michigan already this offseason, and is in the mix for an offer.
Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter 2014 cornerback Chris Murphy
Murphy planned to visit Ann Arbor this summer, but had to reschedule for a later date. He holds a number of southeast and national offers.
Chanhassen (Minn.) 2014 offensive/defensive lineman J.C. Hassenhauer
Hassenhauer has picked up some attention from Michigan, but things haven't developed that quickly. An outstanding performance could change that.
Warren (Mich.) De La Salle 2014 safety/linebacker Jared Wangler
Wangler is the son of former Michigan quarterback John Wangler and the younger brother of 2013 preferred walkon wide receiver Jack. He has started to build some buzz.
Detroit Cass Tech 2015 quarterback Jayru Campbell
Campbell is known for his winning ways - he has led Cass Tech to state titles in his first two years in high school - and his signature afro. With Michigan's consistent recruiting of Cass Tech, he could receive an offer in the future.
St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall 2015 defensive end Jashon Cornell
Cornell is expected to be a bigtime player, and he is starting to gain momentum on the recruiting trail. The 6-4, 220-pounder currently plays linebacker, but will likely grow into a defensive end. A Michigan offer could be on the way.
St. Clair Shores (Mich.) South Lake 2015 offensive lineman Kyonta Stallworth
Stallworth is a local product for the Wolverines, hailing from the East side of Detroit's suburbs. He has also built some early momentum with an offer from UCLA. He's one to watch for the future.
Each year at the Invitational, a previously unknown prospect makes waves and starts to earn bigtime attention on the recruiting circuit. Stay tuned this weekend for those listed above, and the likelihood of some new names.
Lima (Ohio) Central Catholic safety Darius West is on Michigan's campus this afternoon, and could be one that the Wolverines offer sometime soon. Clarkston (Mich.) cornerback Tim Cason will be on campus tomorrow, as will the weekend headliner: Florissant (Mo.) Hazelwood Central offensive lineman Roderick Smith. The No. 178 player in the country will be making his first visit to Ann Arbor.
As always, thanks for visiting TheWolverine.com. Thanks for making The Wolverine your source for Michigan football recruiting, and stay tuned over the course of the weekend for updates from the Invitational and more.