Sting Factor: Collins Acheampong moves from Michigan to Miami
When Collins Acheampong visited Ann Arbor, the four-star defensive end felt he belonged there.
The Catholic perspective of Rancho Santa Margarita (California) Santa Margarita had developed a good relationship with the Michigan personal, these coaches had developed other defensive wings for the NFL and the mix of athleticism and a great education was incredibly appealing.
Before signing with the Wolverines, however, Acheampong delayed his decision – and now it’s clear why: Miami kept sticking in his mind.
Over the summer, Acheampong chose Michigan and was seen on the Southern California Tour supporting the Wolverines, but due to injury this season, Miami coaches never backed down. continued to pursue him and on Tuesday the Hurricanes knocked down the four-star defensive end.
Acheampong hasn’t played much football. He came to the United States from Ghana with the intention of playing basketball. Then COVID hit, his old school had no football left and he only transferred out for getting injured in his senior season.
Still, he is an athletic and physical specimen and has a ton of advantages despite not playing much football yet. Under trainer Mario Cristobal‘s tutelage, it could end up having high-end status.
He’s been impressive at the Los Angeles Under Armor Camp this offseason and a couple of 7-for-7s, but when it comes to the field, there’s still a lot of untapped potential.
“While the loss of a four-star rookie can’t be ruled out, if there’s one position Michigan could afford to lose a rookie, it’s on the defensive end. The Wolverines have a history of developing of talent, it doesn’t matter how rookie EDGE star ranks, which makes me think the program can absorb hits like this. Regardless, losing a talented guy on defense is never a good thing. . – Josh Henschke, MaizeandBlueReview.com
Sting Factor: 6
I have mixed feelings about this disengagement because Acheampong is a great prospect with tons of potential, but right now it’s just that: potential. He is unproven and hasn’t played for a long time against elite competition. At camp I saw him this offseason he looked great, stood out well, probably needs to be more physical to have an early impact on the college level and clearly he’s still learning the game. Michigan could have done wonders with him and Miami certainly has great coaches in place to make him something special, but I don’t think that will happen for at least a few years. – Adam Gorney, Rivals National Scouting Director
Sting Factor: 6