Raw Talent Sports, under the direction of personal trainer Mark Harris, held their first combine of the year last Saturday in Cleveland. Ohio, Michigan and Georgia were well-represented, and all three states featured impressive athletes.
COMBINE MVP AWARD:
Demetrius Monday: The Fairburn (GA) Arlington Christian cornerback stole the show Saturday. Although Monday (5-10, 180) holds no offers, the 2013 prospect consistently locked down wide receivers with offers. Monday has great technique, quick feet and a fearless attitude. He was challenged by nearly every wideout at the combine, and he never backed away from anyone. Monday has the skills to play BCS football, possibly at the highest level.
Cody Callaway: The 2014 prospect from Midview (OH) has added weight and arm strength since last year, and will be a Division-I recruit. Callway (6-1, 185) can move and is very accurate with the football. One to watch going forward.
Chance Stewart: The 6-foot-5, 210-pound, quarterback from Sturgis (MI) was ultra-impressive Saturday. Stewart is a top 2014 prospect from Michigan, and he looks the part of a high BCS recruit. Threw the ball effortlessly, with some zip and with accuracy.
TOP OFFENSIVE LINEMEN:
Christian DiLauro: The 6-foot-5, 245-pound, tight end impressed with his size and athleticism. DiLauro will be a top-100 prospect in Ohio for 2013, and could possibly project as an offensive tackle. Holds an offer from Akron.
Sam Coverdale: The Kenston offensive tackle was as good as any linemen in attendance. Great size at 6-foot-7, 280-pounds, and showed quick feet in pass protection. Offered by Toledo.
Jaylen Funches: Out of Cleveland Benedictine, Funches is a power-plant on the offensive line. Showed good footwork and used his hands well in pass protection. Holds an offer from Toledo.
TOP DEFENSIVE LINEMEN:
Ryan Alspach: The Wellington (OH) product battled and scrapped against the top offensive linemen, winning his share of battles. Still has room to add weight and strength to his frame.
Raylan Hill: The South Lakes (MI) defensive end was the top pass-rusher of the group. A 2014 product, Hill has a quick first step and strong upper body.
TOP DEFENSIVE BACKS:
Delano Hill: Another out of famed Detroit Cass Tech, Hill was excellent in coverage. Showed the ability to play either corner or safety, and the top 2013 prospect holds offers from Iowa and Syracuse. Other than Monday, Hill was the top defensive back.
Ralph Smith: The Avon (OH) product is often over-shadowed by teammate Ross Douglas, but Smith was excellent in coverage, going against scholarship wide-receivers.
TOP WIDE RECEIVERS:
Demarre Kitt: Only a sophomore, after three reps it was easy to see why Kitt is a highly-rated 2014 prospect. He has size, speed and is great getting in and out of his breaks. Offers from Auburn, Clemson, South Carolina, Mississippi and Georgia. WIll visit Ohio State on Sunday, and another offer would not be surprising at all.
De'Niro Laster: The Shaker Heights all-around athlete worked out as a wide receiver and impressed. A possible tight end at the next level, Laster (6-3, 215) has the skill set to succeed at the BCS level. Holds several MAC offers, and will be visiting Michigan this coming Monday.
Damon Webb: Another 2014 prospect, the University of Detroit Jesuit product had the best success going against Demetrius Monday. A smooth route-runner, with great change of direction, Webb will be a highly-recruited player going forward.
Odell Spencer: The younger brother of De'Niro Laster, the Shaker Heights sophomore is one to watch for the class of 2014. Spencer is quick and explosive.