I am starting to get requests from both high school coaches and parents to watch a player’s first few games Hudl highlight video. Some want to make me aware; some want me to evaluate a player’s performance. Absolutely, no problem.
On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, I am usually on the road to evaluate football players in actual games. On Mondays I sent my weekly MRS Reports to the colleges. On the other days, I try to watch videos or post blogs.
I enjoy watching video. Videos do not lie. Of course, watching and evaluating in person is much better for me. So far I have spent at least a half at 11 games in the first two weeks.
My plan is to post videos in the Video Room, after game five. If a player has a highlight video to post after five games, I will do that. After the season is completed, I will post a season highlight video just like last year. Continue ReadingRead More »
Last night, the first half of the West Jefferson vs Jonathan Alder game was enough to convince me that Alder’s Trey Pugh is a Division One football player. A member of the Ohio Class of 2017, I like him as a tight end.
Originally, a player in the Hilliard Davidson program, moved to the Jonathan Alder system. At one time, Trey had thoughts of being a QB, but, from watching him last night, tight end is probably his ticket.
Listed 6’5-230, and he looks all of that. Actually, he looks like he has slimmed down some, since I saw him at Ohio State this past summer. Not a potential offensive lineman. Possible DE, but really like his receiver skills. Will be an MSR top rated TE in the Class of 2017. Continue ReadingRead More »
As I drove away from my last scrimmage of the day last Saturday, I thought about one of the rules that I haveforyself, but continue to break. Keep in mind, I am 67 years old, but am trying to adjust to the “new culture.”
Player interviews. Oh my. I have always wanted a player to be focused on the game and the competition. That is the most important thing. But now I catch myself, speaking briefly with players before games. I feel that conversation can be disruptive.
Most of the time – Questions like – how is practice going? you doing okay? how are mom and dad doing? Comments like – hang in there. you are getting bigger/stronger. the best tonight. how tough are these guys? keep your grades up.
Honestly, the biggest point is to let them know I care about them, that I am at the game, and that I wish them well. I know that sounds “bland or blah,” but that is my intent. Sometimes – just a “thumb’s up” or pat on the butt is enough. Continue ReadingRead More »
After I watched Findlay’s Kyle Nunn (2017) last night, no question that he will strike anybody with the football. Also caught the ball well as a slot receiver.
Watched his sophomore highlight video and really liked the way he closed on the ball. Really liked his athleticism and toughness on the basketball floor. One of those – “nice kids” until he steps on the field.
Last winter, he ran okay at our Toledo combine, his 3-cone time of 7.1 was excellent. Ran 4.3/5-10-5. He measured 6’3-185. Now is up to 190.
Kyle’s numbers were good, but even better, he is a football player and loves contact. Plays FS and receiver. My guess is that he will grow into an OLB at the next level. Continue ReadingRead More »
Evaluating and ranking high school players in February and March can be a risky business. Although I do it for colleges, I avoid giving my information to recruiting media people. Some prospects can make big changes in 6 months.
Such is the case with Pickerington North’s offensive lineman Adam Notestine. Listed 6’3-320, he may not weigh that now. I watched him last night, and he has redefined his body. He has slimmed down and improved his movement.
Last March, at a camp in Indianapolis, he did not bend well. Did not carry his weight well. Did not have much explosion. Actually, I was disappointed in his appearance, ability, and his work ethic. Continue ReadingRead More »