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July 1, 2013
By The Numbers: Camp commitments include Jake Long
Michigan picked up a pair of commitments over the weekend from prospects scouted and offered at the Maize and Blue's Summer Football Camp. They join a long list of Wolverines, like Jake Long and David Harris, that earned their offer while working with the U-M coaching staff.
Over the past 12 recruiting classes (2002-13), Michigan has signed 23 prospects that were offered either at its summer camp or within seven days of the camp's conclusion.
Those 23 players have averaged a star rating of 3.26 stars, with six players - ATH Darnell Hood (2002 class), OL Jake Long (2003), FB Jim Presley (2003), DL Will Johnson (2004), OL Alex Mitchell (2004) and OL Cory Zirbel (2005) - ranking as four-star prospects; the rest were three-stars.
Among the 23, 21 have already completed their eligibility, and of those, 10 started at least one season for the Wolverines. Multi-year starters include: LB David Harris (2002 class), Long, Johnson, Mitchell, P Zoltan Mesko (2005) and OL David Molk (2007).
During the Lloyd Carr era, identifying talent and procuring it at camp was a regular activity - Michigan signed 19 offered campers from the 2002-07 classes - however, Rich Rodriguez signed three in three years, two of whom (Michael Cox and Rocko Khoury) he inherited from Carr.
In Brady Hoke's tenture, Freddy Canteen and Brandon Watson become only the second and third campers offered to then go ahead and commit (Jeremy Clark was originally a grayshirt and didn't land a "committable" camp offer), joining Channing Stribling (2012).
Certainly not every camper has gone on to star, but some have. Others have played roles on specials teams or as depth players.
Here is a brief synopsis on every camp offeree that would go on to commit to Michigan.