Along with seniors, some good young college prospects competed at the University of Dayton 7on7 competition on Monday. But I guess with the teams there, I should not have been surprised. A top 7on7 competition.
Dunbar seniors – Tavion Thomas(RB) and Joseph Scates(WR) looked good. I will say this about Joseph – Monday was the best that I have seen him. Worked hard and ran better routes. I liked his attitude and that has not always been the case with me. Plays with a lot of emotion.
Senior Blue Smith played well. Ran sharp, brisk routes. Snatches the ball. Coach Jay Minton did a good job of getting more receivers involved, since this was just a 7on7 workout and not the State Championship game.
Miami commit, Jadon Rucker-Furlow played well, especially as a safety. Closes on the ball well. Last year at this time, was his first competition on a football field. Also liked Dawson Martin . Still believe that his best football is ahead of him.
Ra’veion Hargrove never disappoints me with effort and production. Believe that he is committed to Bowling Green.
Springfield’s Leonard Taylor may be one of the most athletic big men in the state. Guessin 6’7-235, he runs, catches the ball and also passes the ball. Excellent frame. I believe that he has the potential be a fine left tackle and even then some.
First chance to see Springfield’s Moses Douglass play FS. Guessin 6’1-185, he plays smart and disciplined. Needs more of a burst. Surprised how big he was.
Probably the most important work that I get done at 7on7 competitions is identifying and evaluating underclassmen. Some I knew about and others, I find out about.
Mt. Healthy’s OLB Lonnie Phelps (2019) came to the Showcase last spring and impressed me. Good to see him on Monday. Guessin 6’3-200, he ran well. Good hips. Plays OLB, but he could put his hand down on the next level. Needs to get bigger/stronger and improve hips. The best thing about Lonnie – he plays hard, but has fun playing the game.
Wayne HS has two junior skilled guys that I like. CB Justin Harris, guessin 5’11-180, is a natural corner. Like his toughness and confidence. Good hips and recovered well.
QB Rashad McKee. Monday was not one of his better outings, but I liked some things I saw. Strong arm. Good feet. Guessin 6’1-185. Made some good decisions, but accuracy was not consistent. Actually this was the first time that I have seen play in person. Will play better.
Liked two juniors at Northmont High School. Danny Lewis played corner and guessin 5’11-170. Liked his aggressiveness and confidence. Turn and ran well. Good closing speed and got to the football. First saw Jestin Jacobs at the Ohio University camp, back in early summer. Big free safety. Guessin 6’3-205. Ran well. Athletic. Probably will grow out his DB position. Time will tell. Looking forward to watching both of these prospects this fall.
Trotwood has some underclassmen to watch. Jayvanare Nelloms(2019) played SS. Liked his closing speed. Plays aggressive. CBTaron Britt(2019), guessin 5’10-170 played fast. Good hips. Also aggressive. Both were at the Showcase last May and did well. One 10th grader who is new to football is Sam Anderson. Plays basketball. Looked good at the corner position. Long and reacts to the ball well.
Enjoyed the well run 7on7 competition. A lot of “cats” playing hard. Makes it fun for me.