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A Star Is Emerging During Michigan Spring Ball

A new star is emerging during Michigan’s spring practices.



Michigan spring ball
Dec 31, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Michigan Wolverines defensive back DJ Turner (5) against the TCU Horned Frogs in the 2022 Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The 2022 Michigan football season ended early on New Year’s Eve of last year when the Wolverines fell less than a touchdown short of an appearance in the College Football National Championship game. On Monday, the Michigan Wolverines turned a new page — the start of Michigan spring ball, which is the first of many steps towards the 2023 season this fall.

During the Wolverines’ first spring practice, they may have found a rising star among their ranks: 2023 four-star defensive back Cameron Calhoun.

Calhoun turns heads during Michigan spring ball

Cameron Calhoun is a former four-star defensive back prospect (247) that signed with the Michigan Wolverines during the 2023 recruiting class — Jim Harbaugh’s newest class of Wolverines. As a recruit, Calhoun ranked No. 395 nationally, No. 45 for cornerbacks, and No. 12 in Ohio. He is a product of Winton Woods High School in Cincinnati, OH.

On Monday, it became clear that Calhoun is already a rising star in the Maize and Blue — just look at this incredible pick-six snag by the true freshman:

Could Calhoun see a major role this season?

With many question marks surrounding Michigan’s 2023 cornerback depth, there is a chance that Cameron Calhoun finds a role as a true freshman this season. While some may not want such a young player on the field with the starting defense, let me remind Michigan football fans that Will Johnson, PFF’s No. 3 returning corner in the nation, was a freshman a year ago.

I am not saying that Calhoun has the same hype or expectations, though if the video from Michigan spring ball is any indication, it would be a good idea to remember the name come fall.

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CJ has covered college athletics in paid roles for around five years, including numerous sports and beats. His most recent work revolves largely around Penn State and Michigan football and basketball. Right now, CJ is the publisher of Blue by Ninety, where he also serves as the site's credentialed football reporter. Previously, CJ has made stops with Fansided, The Michigan Daily, and more.