Last Saturday, junior offensive lineman Cameron Kolwich visited Michigan for the first time under new head coach Jim Harbaugh. Kolwich left with a Michigan offer in hand. Find out what this meant to the rising 2016 recruit here.
For junior Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary’s offensive lineman Cameron Kolwich, this offseason is a continuation of a successful regular season. In 2014, Kolwich helped propel the St. Mary’s football team to a 12-2 record. Kolwich says that he experienced success on both an individual level and on a team level last year.
“It went great both ways,” Kolwich said. “We won a state championship and we only lost 2 games this year and it was to brother Rice both times with Alex Malzone, Grant Perry and Carter Dunaway. It might be Jack Dunaway, I’m not sure which one it is, but they’re all committed to Michigan. We had some close games with them but just couldn’t pull it out two times. Individually, my season went very well. I had a lot of good games and I got some good highlights.”
These highlights caught the attention of several top programs across the region. With Michigan joining the party on Saturday, Kolwich now sports offers from seven schools including Northwestern, Missouri, and Toledo.
“Some of the bigger schools that have been recruiting me the hardest have been Northwestern and Missouri, then I have gotten a couple things from Iowa and Michigan State,” Kolwich said.
Before Saturday, Kolwich was unsure of his status on the Wolverines’ recruiting board as he had not had any prior contact with the new Michigan coaching staff under Jim Harbaugh. After his visit to campus, Kolwich had a completely new understanding of his where his recruitment with Michigan stood.
“Actually, the first time I ever came in contact was yesterday when I visited,” Kolwich said. “I hadn’t really talked to them too much, but I talked to coach Harbaugh for like two or three minutes before practice started. I talked with coach Drevno, the offensive lineman coach for like two or three minutes. I wasn’t able to talk to them too much really.
“Coach Harbaugh came over and basically, he was like we have a deal for you. I can tell you now or I can tell you after practice. I said you can tell me whenever you have time, so he just told me then that they would like to offer me a scholarship. It was amazing. I wasn’t really expecting it because I hadn’t talked to anyone from Michigan before that point. That was my first time ever really talking to anybody. I was kind of in shock. It was just amazing. I was happy and overjoyed I guess.”
On the heels of an exciting trip to Ann Arbor, Kolwich had a lot to take in from his Michigan visit. What stood out most to the 6’5”, 270-pound offensive lineman was the new infusion of business that exuded from the Michigan program.
“My biggest impression that I took away was probably that it’s a totally different feel to the program now,” Kolwich said. Coach Harbaugh has really brought a pro-style offense and just a whole new staff. It’s just totally different from what you’re used to seeing on tv and stuff.”
With a large recruiting event coming up this Saturday in the Spring Game, Michigan will take the opportunity to host a litany of highly coveted prospects. This will serve as dual opportunity for the Maize and Blue to impress recruits with the quality of the Michigan football squad thus far.
Although Kolwich will not be in attendance, he vows to make an expedient return.
“I won’t able to make it for that because of vacation,” Kolwich said. “When I get back I will definitely be back down.”
In terms of how long Kolwich will be a prospect on the open market, that timeline is not expected to reach the beginning of his senior year of football.
“It will probably be by the end of summer definitely,” Kolwich said. “Whenever the moment is right. I’m not going to extend it any longer than it needs to be. It should probably be by the end of the summer, shouldn’t be any longer than that.”
One aspect of Kolwich’s game that will keep schools in pursuit until he commits and possibly after is his versatility on the offensive line. Kolwich, who is a three-star prospect on Scout.com, says he has the ability to play any position along the offensive line.
“I think I’m a physical lineman, an explosive lineman that can move very well,” Kolwich says. “I’m very versatile. I can play guard, tackle and a little bit of center I guess. I can play everything. I don’t really have a preference, but most schools are looking at me as a guard.”