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Michigan target Tyler Shough makes Elite 11 finals, commit Joe Milton misses out
One of the more interesting narratives in recruiting each cycle is the performance of recruits at offseason camps.
A lot of hype — and subsequent rises in the rankings — stems from performances at The Opening, Under Armour Camp Series and countless other camps around the nation.
The Opening’s quarterback camp — the Elite 11 — took place last weekend in Southern California, with dozens of prospects vying for a spot to compete at The Opening Finals in June and July at Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.
Among those competing were two possible future Wolverines. And they came away from the camp with mixed results.
Michigan commit and 247Sports composite 4-star QB, Joe Milton from Orlando (Fla.) Olympia didn’t rank in the top 11 in any day of the competition and did not make the final. But one quarterback the Wolverines are still actively recruiting is Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton 3-star QB Tyler Shough. And he had a heckuva weekend.
— Brandon Justice (@LandOfJustice) June 4, 2017
Despite being the lower-ranked of the two prospects, Shough maintained a top-5 ranking throughout the camp, finishing the event ranked No. 5. If you consider the Elite 11 to be the test of the best quarterbacks in the country — as it’s meant to be perceived — then that showing makes him one of the country’s best.
And if you’re valuing his performance last weekend that much, do you now view him as being better than Milton?
Their styles are different — Shough is more of a pocket passer with excellent pocket presence and mechanics, Milton has the raw ability to be an eventual Heisman winner but doesn’t have the simple mechanics that Shough displayed at the camp.
So, does this give us a concrete answer to the long-awaited question: Should Michigan add two quarterbacks?
It’s an easy answer now: If that other quarterback is Shough? Absolutely.
Top QB in 2019 schedules trip to visit Michigan
Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei 5-star QB J.T. Daniels is the nation’s top-rated quarterback in the 2019 class per the 247Sports solo rankings. And it looks like he is headed to Ann Arbor.
According to a report by Tom Loy of 247Sports, Daniels will visit Michigan for its annual Aerial Assault Camp on June 18.
— Tom Loy (@TomLoy247) June 5, 2017
Daniels has visited once before, in April of last year. But now that he is a year older and the top quarterback in his class, this trip gets far more serious.
Along with being coached by Jim Harbaugh, Daniels will compete against the likes of current Michigan starting QB Wilton Speight and Milton, if the commit is able to make the trip.
Michigan’s going to prioritize Daniels right away in a 2019 class which has a chance to a historic for the Wolverines, with Michigan in good shape for multiple 5-star recruits.
Expect plenty of big names to be at the June 18 camp, but the biggest might be Daniels — whom the Wolverines could consider the top commitment of Harbaugh’s career if they’re able to pull him from the West Coast.