Although he was only entering his freshman year last summer, Tommy Roush, then at Petoskey High, made a name for himself on the camp circuit. This year, with one more year under his belt, the 6'3, 270-pound rising sophomore had an even better run of camps.
Now at Traverse City West, he is ready to form one of the state's biggest offensive lines and further catch the attention of colleges.
"I went to Michigan for three days," he said. "The first two days, I went to Michigan State for a day and I think I'm going to Western Michigan on the 25th."
Last summer Roush went to Michigan, where he played up with the older campers. This season, he was back and again worked with the top group.
"It went well. It was good because the first year I went, I set a pretty high bar for myself being an upcoming freshman. I wanted to keep the same reputation at camp this year. I think I performed well. I talked to Coach Funk, the offensive line coach and he said I did really well and he thought I got a lot bigger since last year."
He also says he received interest from some of the other schools there like Northern Illinois and Eastern Michigan. He plans to head back to Ann Arbor soon.
"On the 27th, I'm going down to Michigan for an unofficial visit. Coach Wooer got a call from one of the coaches and invited me and Thiyo Lukasa down."
From there, Roush went over to East Lansing, where he had a nice camp with Michigan State as well.
"It was a lot better than I expected. It was a two day camp, but I only went for one day. The linebackers coach Mike Tressel, had come up to Petoskey for me, so I met up with him when I got to the camp and he took me over to Coach Staten, the offensive line coach."
Roush believes he showed Staten and the other Spartan coaches that he is a kid they need to konw about.
"He seemed impressed with me through drills. I didn't do as well as I wanted to in pass pro, but I did well in run blocking. I thought it was pretty good. They said keep in touch and we exchanged info and everything."
Another Big Ten camp Roush attended was Northwestern's, where his athleticism was front and center.
"At Northwestern I talked to their coaches and they said they're really interested and like athletic people like me. I talked to Toledo there and they might want to bring me down for a visit and Coach Wooer told me they might want to offer me in the fall."
Having gotten used to playing against some of the best in the country at these camps, Roush feels primed and ready for his sophomore year.
"It's pretty crazy. I have to adjust to it being totally different than playing with younger kids. I was on JV last year and going from that to kids who are a couple years ahead of me was very different. Everyone is faster and more intense, so I had to adjust, had to get meaner and it's going pretty well, so hopefully I'll be able to do it for West on the Varsity."