For the second straight summer, Glastonbury (Conn.) Suffield Academy 2020 4-star pro-style quarterback Tyler Van Dyke found himself camping at Michigan.
On June 9, he attended the Prospect All-Position camp, as Michigan decided against hosting a quarterbacks camp.
“It was a good experience,” Van Dyke said. “Coach [Jim] Harbaugh was with all the quarterbacks the entire time in the Big House.”
The only disappointment was the absence of Michigan quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton, who was at Howard University’s camp.
“I was disappointed that Coach Hamilton wasn’t there because I wanted to throw in front of him,” Van Dyke said. “I met him at last year’s quarterbacks camp, but I really wanted to see him again.”
Last year, the staff in Ann Arbor focused on Van Dyke, but not as close as the group did this time around. The camp had a different feel to it because of the eyes watching Van Dyke.
“They like me a lot more because they know me more and know about my background,” he said. “It was cool to see the new weight room. It was getting worked on when I was there last year.”
On June 11, two days after camping at Michigan, Van Dyke took a trip to Columbus to camp at Ohio State. He enjoyed interacting with quarterbacks coach Ryan Day.
“Coach Day knew I was coming and visited my school once in the winter and once in the spring,” Van Dyke said of the Buckeyes. “I’ve talked to him over the phone a couple times, too. They paid attention to me during a lot of the camp.”
The 6-foot-4, 212-pound quarterback has offers to Boston College, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, N.C. State, Rutgers and Syracuse.
“I’m definitely going to consider Michigan,” Van Dyke said. “The relationship with Don Brown is keeping me interested. Also, I love how Jim Harbaugh is close with the quarterbacks because he was one. We have good relationships.”
Michigan sophomore defensive back Brad Hawkins attended prep school at Suffield Academy for a year, so he got to know Van Dyke and now is close to him. In his freshman year for the Wolverines, Hawkins returned 3 kickoffs for 42 yards. He made 2 tackles.
“Brad Hawkins went to my school for a year, so I talked to him for a while and he gave me some Michigan gear,” Van Dyke said. “He loves it and it seems like he’s getting along well with the players and coaches. That’ll be part of my consideration, too.”
Van Dyke plans to make his college decision next spring. He is not sure if he will return to Ann Arbor before announcing his commitment.
“The things that will dictate my decision are the school that best fits me athletically and academically,” he said. “I want a good relationship with the coaches, players and people at the schools.”
Van Dyke is ranked No. 270 in the nation, No. 8 at his position and No. 4 in Connecticut, according to 247Sports composite.