State of Michigan: Camp Risers

Midwest Regional Manager
Posted Jun 29, 2011

Camp season brought about some great performances from Michigan prospects. Here are the guys we feel helped themselves the most.

Juwan Lewis | RB | Muskegon
  • Lewis was excellent at the Pittsburgh NLA 7 on 7 and the Michigan camp. He's improved his footwork, and is as explosive as ever. He can catch the ball well out of the backfield and is a surgeon on cone drills. He went from a fringe top 30 type in-state guy to firmly entrenched in the top 20.

    Ben Braden | OT | Rockford

  • When Braden committed to Michigan earlier in the year, he was still somewhat of an unknown. He had a good camp in Ann Arbor last year, and we had seen him twice in the fall, and he had earned offers from Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Syracuse. So we knew he was good, but he has proven to be even better. He dedicated himself in the weight room this offseason, adding good weight and getting up to 319-lbs. Even at that size, he was moving well enough to be considered a left tackle prospect. He's strong, technique is improving and he's more athletic than previously thought. He has a chance to move into the top 7-8 in-state and the four-star range when rankings are updated.

    Jamal Lyles | OLB | Southfield-Lathrup

  • After his outstanding offensive performance in 7 on 7s, we thought a position switch may be in Lyles' future. Then he came to Sound Mind, Sound Body and showed that same athleticism as a linebacker. He's fluid, long, and the more we watched him in game tape, the more we liked him. He recently committed to Michigan State, where he could play nearly any linebacker spot, but we see him as a perfect fit for the "star" spot. He'll need to add weight and strength, but has all the other tools. He's in the top 15 in the state and moving quickly towards the top 10.

    Dennis Norfleet | RB | Detroit King

  • He's been a hot name recently, especially on the heels of the IMG 7 on 7. Folks in Florida got to see what folks in the Motor City have seen for three years. Norfleet is a dynamic playmaker with excellent hands and he has great explosion and ability to make defenders miss after the catch. He has proven time and time again that he can overcome his lack of prototypical size. We had him in the top 10 in the state already, but he will be going up a couple spots.

    Riley Bullough | OLB | Traverse City St. Francis

  • When we saw Bullough last year, he was a 6'1, 185-lb kid playing safety, sometimes linebacker, and quarterback. Now, he's over 6'2, up to 205-lbs and ran a 4.65 at the Michigan State camp. He's transforming himself into an outside linebacker, which is what we think he will be in college. He's adding the size and the strength, and showed he has the athleticism. His defensive tape shows quick reads, aggressiveness, and sure tackling, all qualities you'd expect from a kid who has grown up around the game like he has. He was previously a bottom of the top 20 guy, but will be moving into the top 15.

    Jordan Fields | S | Grand Blanc

  • Athletic, with super ball skills, Fields has really established himself as one of the state's best of late. He's a playmaker who shows up over and over again in 7 on 7s and put on the tape, and you see the same flashy skills. He's great when the ball is in the air, showing great instincts and a knack for being in the right place at the right time. He was very good at the Michigan State 7 on 7, which matched what we saw in Pittsburgh and on tape. He added offers from Kansas and Kentucky recently and we think he might not be done yet. He's a top 15-20 player in the state in my opinion.


  • James White - CB - Detroit Crockett
  • Ruben Lile - S/CB - Detroit Cass Tech
  • Kyle Knapp - OL - Portage Central
  • Stephon Hall - DT - Detroit Consortium
  • Tyler Goble - LB - Plymouth
  • Andrew Wylie - OL - Midland
  • Gabe Sanders - CB - Michigan Collegiate
  • Joe Bacci - LB - Romeo
  • Westly Johnson - DE - Grand Rapids Christian
  • T.J. Beelen - DT - Zeeland East
  • Andy Zimmerman - OT - Grand Rapids West Catholic
  • Brandon Jackson - WR - Zeeland East
  • Lamarr Marshall - S - Farmington Hills Harrison
  • Isiah Guardine - S - Farmington

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