It made perfect sense for several Sound Mind Sound Body (SMSB) campers to take the one-hour ride to Ann Arbor from Harper Woods.
Several of the prospects were looking for an offer, already have several or have already committed.
This weekend’s offensive visitors included 2015 running back recruit Jacques Patrick, 2015 tight end prospect Naseir Upshur and 2016 quarterback prospect Malik Henry.
The defensive visitors included 2016 defensive back recruit Patrice Rene, 2015 DE recruit Andre Walker and 2016 linebacker recruit Dele’ Harding.
In Part 1 we’ll check in on the defense and in Part 2 we’ll view the offense:
Patrice Rene, CB/S, 6-1, 180, Peterborough St. Peters (Ontario), class of 2016 (no offer)
Defensive back Patrice Rene was born in Haiti and was raised in Ontario, Canada. Rene was one the the talks of the camp, as he showed good quickness for a high school sophomore who’s already 6-1.
After the SMSB camp, Rene made a visit to Ann Arbor. He was able to meet with the coaches whose only concern was whether he would play cornerback or safety. “”They loved me at the (SMSB) camp the past couple days,” Rene told 247sports. “They were very clear that they really like my game and would just like to work with me one-on-one a bit more if they can. I think they are very close to offering, and I trust them that they’re as interested in me as they said they were.”
There’s no real question whether Michigan will Rene, since Ohio State and Indiana offered him at the SMSB camp. That’s of course he’s already a lock at another school.
Rene plans on playing his final two prep seasons at Episcopal HS in Virginia.
Dele’ Harding, OLB, 6-1, 230, Elkton Eastern Christian Academy (Md.), class of 2016 (offer)
A former high school teammate of Michigan freshmen WR Freddy Canteen and CB Brandon Watson, Harding most likely will get plenty of friendly pressure to join the Wolverines. Add the Michigan offer he received to his solid performance at the SMSB and Harding might have quite an interesting couple of seasons.
Canteen and Watson both attended the camp, so the sales pitch has already begun.
“I talk to Freddy all the time about it,” Harding said. “I come in contact with their coach not too long ago, maybe two weeks ago. We discussed some things, like maybe a 7-on-7 (at Michigan), and things like that.”
Along with Michigan Harding has offers from Southern Cal, Tennessee and UMass.
“I’m interested in seeing a lot of schools,” Harding said during the weekend PA Swag 7-on-7. “Overall, I’m looking for good academics. As far as football, just a family, and somewhere I could plan my future around. I want a place where I can work hard, and the team will work hard, and I know I’ll be successful and make a difference.”
D’Andre Walker, DE, 6-3, 212, Fairburn Langston Hughes (Georgia) class of 2015 (offer)
Every so often along comes a player who’s adamant about playing a certain position. Most change as they mature but defensive end D’Andre Walker means business.
Of course when you hold offers from Florida State, Auburn, Georgia, Oregon, Ohio State, South Carolina and Michigan, people listen.
After the SMSB camp Walker passed through Ann Arbor and East Lansing before heading back home to Georgia.
Walker admitted he didn’t know much about Michigan, but he offered this most interesting tweet:
“University Of Michigan Is The Best Campus I’ve Been On And I Haven’t Seen Anything Yet.”♦
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Written by GBMWolverine Staff — Joel Greer