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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.

Pos.
Player
Class
Stars
OL
Mark Bihl
2002
Three
Comment: Two-year starter, including 12 games at center in 2006.
ATH
Darnell Hood
2002
Four
Comment: After failed stints at RB and DB, made impact as special teams gunner.
TE
Kevin Murphy
2002
Three
Comment: Injuries and a lack of commitment hindered progress.
LB
David Harris
2002
Three
Comment: Two-year starter that earned second-team All-American honors as a senior in 2006.
OL
Jake Long
2003
Four
Comment: Four-year starter, two-time All-American and No. 1 draft pick in 2008.
LB
Jim Presley
2003
Four
Comment: Moved to fullback but left school on his own to deal with personal issues.
FB
Roger Allison
2004
Three
Comment: Suffered a career-ending injury in a head-on collision early in his tenure.
DL
Will Johnson
2004
Four
Comment: Multi-year starter at defensive tackle for the Wolverines in 2007-08.
OL
Grant DeBenedictis
2004
Three
Comment: Lifelong backup that never saw meaningful minutes for U-M.
OL
Alex Mitchell
2004
Four
Comment: Malcontent started along the right side of the line in both 2006 and 2007 (when healthy).
DB
Charles Stewart
2004
Three
Comment: Emerged a starting safety and nickel back in Rich Rodriguez's first season in 2008.
TE
Chris McLaurin
2005
Three
Comment: Bounced around positions and never found his spot; injured often.
P
Zoltan Mesko
2005
Three
Comment: Multi-year starter for the Wolverines, rewrote almost every punting record.
RB
Mister Simpson
2005
Three
Comment: Couldn't squeeze out a role in a crowded backfield and transferred.
OL
Cory Zirbel
2005
Four
Comment: Earned starting job in 2009 spring but summer injury ended his career.
QB
David Cone
2006
Three
Comment: Career backup that was edged out by more talented signal-callers.
FB
Quintin Patilla
2006
Three
Comment: On-field and off-field issues forced his early departure.
OC
David Molk
2007
Three
Comment: Four-year starter and first-team All-American in 2011.
CB
James Rogers
2007
Three
Comment: Seized an opportunity to start (and played well) at corner in 2010.
RB
Michael Cox
2008
Three
Comment: Wrong fit for a spread offense, made a name for himself at UMass.
OL
Rocko Khoury
2008
Three
Comment: Career backup, left before senior year and shot to compete to start at center.
CB
Courtney Avery
2010
Three
Comment: Starting nickel back in 2012 will compete for CB job this fall.
CB
Channing Stribling
2012
Three
Comment: Rising prospect with good size and speed.







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