The Cleveland Browns High Showcase is built for guys like me. A low profile guy who just enjoys evaluating young high school football players. Most players just play hard and have fun.
Part of my evaluating players is just making some time to talk with them. What seems meaningless to a prospect is valuable to me. I learn a lot about a young man just “messin” with him. The relaxed atmosphere of the Browns camp gave me time to do that.
Competition brings out the best in us most of the time. Whether it is running a drill, going through a timed drill, or going one-on-one. Body language is huge for me.
WR Jerome Hall from Akron Kenmore is a member of the 2018 Class. Tall, long, and deceptive speed. Liked his ball catching skills. Kenmore does not win many football games, but Jerome jumps out. Most of all, I like his attitude. Quiet and confident.
Glenville’s Jamel Hamm (2018) is a pure athlete who plays smart and seems
to have a ton of ability. Guessin 6’3-190, he first was a QB and also played some receiver. Yesterday, he stood out as a corner. Good hips. Recovered well. If continues to get bigger/stronger, he will be an ideal FS on the next level. Like his attitude and his desire to compete. Should be a top FS, coming out of football camps.
I waited around for 30 minutes just to see Tairiq Stewart (2018) run the 20 yd shuttle. Thought he ran well for his 6’4-300+ (not great, but good). Bends okay. Good initial quickness. Powerful. On HUDL video, he was dominate on the DL. Good attitude. Works hard and listens. If, but possible, he could get to 285 over the summer, he will be a top MSR lineman. But getting in shape will be huge.
First watched Cleveland John Hay RB Jalen Boyd as a 9th grader. Over the years, he has gotten bigger/stronger/faster. Guessin about 5’10-190 thought that he ran well. Needs to improve his hips. Like his toughness, but also like 3.7GPA. Will be one to watch in the Cleveland city schools competition.
Michael Dowell (2018) from Lakewood St Ed’s is amazing – the poster boy for working to get better. Strong, tough, and competitive. First came to me combine as a 9th grader. Been to the Underclassman Showcase. Always working to get better. Even though he has some “offers,” he still attends camps to get better. Needs to keep working on “flippin his hips.” Aggressive and will end up as an OLB. A top MSR – OLB.
RB Cam’Ron McClain came to my combine and showcase as a 9th grader. Not very tall, not very strong, and not very fast. Going into his senior year – still not real tall, but much stronger and much faster. Plays RB for Twinsburg HS and has worked hard to get to where he is. Makes defender miss. Looking forward to his college recruitment this spring/summer.
At camps, I spend way too much time watching quarterbacks in drills. Yesterday, no different. (I also think personal QB trainers take way too much money from potential QBs). Back to subject.
Jayden Cunningham (2018) worked out in the 2nd session and I missed most of it. Invited to the Elite 11, Jayden has to impress QB coaches this summer. Have always liked him and his potential.
Watched QB Trevor Bycznski (2019) for first time. Guessin 6’4-200. Moves well enough for size. Good QB skills. Lots of potential. Needs to continue to grow into his frame. Really like his potential.
Treon Shibley – WR – 2018 from Coventry HS looked good in receiving drills. Also liked the athleticism and speed of DB Keith Williams (2018) from Cleveland Benedictine. Saw him last fall and he is even better with pads on.
Impressed with the number of sophomores in attendance. They will go on my list to the colleges, but not on my website. Not yet, anyway. An 8th grader caught my attention. A 6’1 left handed QB. Like his early skills, and, of course, he will grow and develop. Like his potential.
Good day for me. Hopefully, a good day for high school football players to get better.