Colquhoun Reflects on Summer Journey

Midwest Regional Manager
Posted Aug 6, 2010


Camps and exposure are important to all high school athletes to some extent, but it was even more vital for Arjen Colquhoun, a star north of the border in Windsor (Canada) who ended up as a Michigan State commitment after a strong summer.

How does a kid with the size, track speed, ability to play multiple positions, grades, and who just flat out dominated his competition stay under the radar for as long as Arjen Colquhoun did? They could live north of the border for starters.

"Football in Canada is not taken seriously like it is over here," Colquhoun explained.

That's where he and his head coach Harry Lumley had to become proactive. Lumley has coached several Division-1 athletes, and even a few NFL players like O.J. Atogwe. It is high praise then, when he says Colquhoun is the most talented kid he has had. He just needed everyone else to see that.

"Coach brought me and about five other guys over to go to the Sound Mind Sound Body camp. At first, we didn't know what to expect, but we watched videos from past years and saw that the competition was really good."

Lumley says that because of the rules in Canada (receivers get a running start), Colquhoun had never played press coverage before, but you wouldn't have known it watching him that day. He also won the fastest man competition prompting camp invites from schools looking to get a closer look.

"At the Sound Mind, Sound Body camp, I talked to coaches from Ohio State. I got invited to camp at Notre Dame and invited to a camp at Michigan State.

"I ended up doing really good at Michigan State camp and they called me the week after and they offered. I never really thought it was possible to get the offer and go to a Big Ten school from Canada, and I took the offer and I'm committed to Michigan State now."

Lumley says Colquhoun likely would have added offers steadily throughout the season, but Michigan State has always been the school he liked.

Spartan fans should like what they're getting with him: a 6'1, 180-lb who boasts a 10-3 broad jump, 38-inch vertical and 4.4 speed. He also has one non-measurable quality many MSU faithful can relate to: Lumley says he has a healthy dislike of the Michigan Wolverines.



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