Michigan Football Recruiting: 4 Top Targets to Watch at Nike's 'The Opening'

Adam BiggersSenior Analyst IIJune 11, 2014

Michigan Football Recruiting: 4 Top Targets to Watch at Nike's 'The Opening'

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    Chris Clark, a 4-star TE, is the major maybe-Michigan headliner who's scheduled to attend Nike's "The Opening" from July 5 to July 10 in Beaverton, Oregon.
    Chris Clark, a 4-star TE, is the major maybe-Michigan headliner who's scheduled to attend Nike's "The Opening" from July 5 to July 10 in Beaverton, Oregon.247Sports

    Nike's "The Opening" camp from July 5 to July 10 in Beaverton, Oregon could be the summer's ultimate gathering of high school football talent. In an attempt to wow, 162 of the who's who of the 2015 class will assemble in Phil Knight's backyard to take part in 7-on-7 competition and Nike Sparq rating routines. 

    And then they'll sit back and watch more offers cascade their way. 

    Naturally, Michigan has it eyes on the some of the participants—and there is a trio of potential Wolverines, and one who is committed, who are scheduled to attend: Chris Clark, a tight end (commit); George Campbell, a wide receiver; Jacques Patrick, a running back; and Matt Burrell, an offensive lineman. 

    Using 247Sports and The Opening's roster as guides, this slideshow will take a closer look at the three prospects and gauge their chances of committing to Team 136.

Chris Clark (4-Star TE, Avon Old Farms, Avon, Conn.)

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    UPDATE: Clark committed on June 19, 2014. 

    Well, Michigan's most likely commit goes first, and that's Chris Clark, a 6'6", 247-pounder out of Avon Old Farms (Conn.). The 4-star recruit is exactly what the Wolverines are looking for at tight end: He has size, possesses great hands and has the ability to block. 

    The Wolverines need a run-blocking tight end. There's no other way around it. Although sophomore Jake Butt has shown promise, he's not quite as physical as Clark. Nor is Devin Funchess, who made the move to wide receiver. 

    Clark is a definite option and has "warmer" interest in Michigan, according to 247Sports, which tabs him as the No. 2-ranked TE of 2015 (No. 99 overall). If head coach Brady Hoke plays his cards right, he could have a true brute for 2015. 

    Clark's skill set is one helluva combination of everything—and it's one a lot of schools want. He's set to decide in roughly three weeks, which is right around the same time of "The Opening." 

    Stay tuned, folks. 

    Connecticut native and #Rivals100 TE, Chris Clark, sets date for return trip to #Michigan. Decision in July. ($) http://t.co/nNilUaxpKE

    — Rivals.com (@Rivals) June 11, 2014

    Video - 4-star TE Chris Clark on his favorite four #Michigan #OhioState #UNC #MichiganState ($): http://t.co/qBBNAVksf2

    — David Berry (@RivalsDave) June 6, 2014

George Campbell (5-Star WR, East Lake, Tarpon Springs, Fla.)

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    One day, a recruit seems destined for one school, and on the next he's destined for another. At one time, George Campbell was committed to Michigan, but he no longer seems interested. However, he'll be at the Nike camp—that's why he's on this list. 

    At 6'3" and 184 pounds, the East Lake Tarpon Springs (Fla.) super wideout looks to be headed to either Clemson or Florida. According to 247Sports, he has "warm" interest in both. His interest in the Wolverines is reported as "cool," which is not "cool" for Brady Hoke

    But, national signing day is in February, and if Michigan rebounds with a 10- or 11-win season, Campbell could be enticed to rethink his decision and run back to Hoke. Don't hold your breath, though. 

    What 5-Star WR George Campbell's Decommit from Michigan Means for Wolverines | @TDsTake http://t.co/ih77riM74C

    — Bleacher Report CFB (@BR_CFB) December 18, 2013

Matt Burrell (4-Star OL, C.D. Hylton, Woodbridge, Va.)

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    Matt Burrell is another long shot, but he's being mentioned as a possible get for the Wolverines, who are competing with Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Florida and Florida State. 

    That's tough competition, and the nation's No. 7-ranked OT is expected to choose the Tide, per 247Sports. At nearly 6'6" and 290 pounds, in terms of size, he's pretty much college-ready today. He's the No. 67 prospect of 2015 and visited the Buckeyes on May 31. 

    That being said, he's probably as good as Urban Meyer's or Nick Saban's, but there is a very small percentage Hoke can sway him up north. As is the case with other states, the Wolverines have connections in Virginia. Wilton Speight and Derrick Green, two recent recruits, and Garrett Taylor, a 2015 commit, could help in getting Burrell to Ann Arbor.

    Did #Michigan wait too long to offer 2015 elite OL Matthew Burrell? More on that here (VIP): http://t.co/WB4jhnmYTX

    — Steve Lorenz (@TremendousUM) April 28, 2014

    Four-star OT Matt Burrell talks #Gators #PennState #Buckeyes #Michigan #Tide (link) http://t.co/Cz8JLF3wNN @SWiltfong247 @RyanBartow #bolts

    — JC Shurburtt (@jcshurburtt) April 26, 2014

     

Jacques Patrick (4-Star RB, Timber Creek, Orlando)

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    UPDATED SLIDE (removed Justin Hilliard, a 5-star LB who committed to Ohio State). 

    Via Facebook, Jacques Patrick confirms that he's going to The Opening. He wasn't on initial roster and recently visited Michigan--he's on this list because of that. 

    Jacques Patrick isn't the No. 2-ranked running back. He may be that according to 247Sports' count, but on this end, he's the best in the country. At nearly 6'2" and 225 pounds, Patrick is everything the Wolverines could want in a ball-carrier. He's incredibly shifty for an athlete of his size, and he has enough speed to break big runs. 

    And if defenders do catch him, well, they end up hanging on for dear life and regretting their decision to latch onto the Timber Creek tank. 

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