Sound Mind Sound Body: 2013 Recap

Drue Tranquill

College coaches from many universities came to Southfield High to see talented players from across the country. Several players added new offers and others took advantage of the unique opportunity. Here is a look back at some of the top performers and more.

Offers Handed Out

- Fort Wayne Carroll (Ind.) rising senior Drue Tranquill once again showed a unique combination of size (6'2, 210), speed and ability to cover smaller players. He could be a safety, his natural position, but has a lot of upside as an outside linebacker. His performance lead to new offers from Minnesota, Indiana and Western Michigan.

- Southfield's senior to be Jordan Billingslea took rep after rep during one on ones and had his way with any defensive back he went up against, using his quickness and route running skills to be a handful in one on ones. Though not real big at 5'7, he was a playmaker with great hands and was rewarded for his efforts by receiving his first offers from Bowling Green and Ferris State.

- Another Southfield product, rising junior Ray Buford showed his talents at cornerback and added an offer from Toledo, his second offer of the process, with the first coming from Eastern Michigan.

- Notre Dame College and Ferris State both offered Brother Rice (Mich.) defensive back Chris Carter after he once again put on a strong camp performance.

- Brother Rice (Mich.) receiver Corey Lacanaria was offered by Notre Dame College.

- St. Andrews College (Ontario) quarterback Chris Merchant, a class of 2014 member, threw the ball well at the camp and added an offer from Buffalo.

- St. Peter (Ontario) class of 2016 cornerback Patrice Rene is just a pup, but at 6'0, 165-pounds, is a long, athletic kid who made a lot of plays in coverage. He has the potential to be a big time guy. Akron became his first offer this weekend.


Positional Recap

Quarterback:

Two committed players in the 2014 class competed and both Penn State commit Michael O'Connor and Toledo pledge Travis Smith showed their talents. O'Connor has added a lot of weight and strength since we saw him last and he threw it well. Warren (Mich.) De La Salle's Giovanni Rescigno is a good sized kid who is athletic and throws a nice ball. He has no offers currently, but has a chance to add them as schools see him more. Ivan Jones from Arizona emerged as an athletic prospect who could spin it. Sam Straub is a rising senior with nice size and ability. Other young prospects who did well and drew the attention of coaches include 2015 prospects Pat Ford from Ohio and Alex Mussat, Jon Wassink, Jake Johnson and Mikey Roth from Michigan. Three rising freshmen caught the eyes of many watching Lindell Stone from Texas already has a UCLA offer and Rochester Adams' Kyle Wood and Warren De La Salle's Tyler Pardon are two others to keep in mind for the future.

Running Back:

Minneapolis Washburn's Jeffrey Jones continues to show that he's one of the top running backs in the nation. He's an athletic, explosive kid. His backfield mate Raymonte Maynard, who currently has one offer, is another Division-1 prospect who had a good camp. Class of 2015 prospects Alec Murphy (Springfield, Mo.) and John Kelly (Oak Park, Mich.) will both play on Saturdays. Southfield (Mich.) rising sophomore Matt Falcon is physically gifted and ahead of his years. He looks like a kid who will have multiple opportunities by the time he's a senior. Another 2016 class member with a lot of talent is Brisun White from Certin Derham Hall (Minn.) who is built like a tank and very powerful.

Wide Receiver:

Michigan's big bodied commit Maurice Ways had a nice showing. He showed the ability to separate and made some tough grabs. Los Angeles (Ca.) Dorsey's David Williams has a couple of offers and based on what we saw, more should be on their way as he's a nice sized kid with great hands. He walked away with MVP honors. Chattahoochie (Ga.) product Colin Lisa is always a tough cover and this event was no different.

Saginaw Heritage's Brian Cole was arguably the top 2015 receiver in attendance. He has good size, is very smooth and caught the ball well. If Cole wasn't the top guy in that class, then Canton (Ohio) McKinley's Eric Glover-Williams was. He's not tall, but very quick and has good hands. A sleeper to watch for is Brother Rice's Damaris Woods, a prospect with good size. We love New Haven (Ind.) rising senior Jordan Hogue and think offers should be coming his way soon. Class of 2016 prospect Terius Wheatley had a good showing. He caught the ball well, even with guys draped on his back.

Tight End:

Michigan State commit Matt Sokol had a great day. He has a great frame and caught the ball well even against some of the top prospects in attendance. Tyrone Wheatley Jr. worked out at tight end. He's a big, athletic kid who could play a number of positions at the next level. Cole Chewins, a 2015 from Clarkston (Mich.) has a big frame and soft hands, but could also potentially outgrow the position. He's a tall kid, and there is a lot of room to add weight.

Offensive Linemen:

Berrien Springs (Mich.) rising senior tackle Nick Padla had a good showing at the camp. He's tough and able to bend and still has plenty of room to add weight to his frame. Chanhassen (Minn.) offensive lineman Frank Ragnow is a kid with multiple BCS offers. He's tough and strong. We see him as likely an interior guy and maybe even a defensive lineman, but he's a great football player with a lot of intangibles. Western Michigan commits Chukwuma Okorafor and Elliot Jordan are both great sized kids. They both have a lot of upside. Jordan continues to grow into his frame and his added strength has helped them, now he just needs to keep adding it. Canadian product Noah Domingue is tough, strong and always does well in a camp setting. Detroit Western International's Jacob Skruggs, a rising senior, has a nice frame and athleticism.

Of the young guys, we liked Daethan Nadeau, a 6'7 kid from Toronto who is headed down to IMG Academy in Florida. He is long, athletic and has plenty of room to add weight. Northville (Mich.) junior to be David Moorman did well in one on ones. He's a strong kid with solid technique. South Lake (Mich.) 2015 product Kyonta Stallworth already has several big time offers. He showed his power and strength during the camp. Another to watch is East Kentwood (Mich.) junior to be John Keenoy, an interior prospect who battled and stopped a couple of the camp's top defensive linemen.

Defensive Linemen:

Clarkston (Mich.) duo David Beedle and Nick Matich made their presence known at the camp. Beedle is helping himself this summer with several strong performances. He's a tough kid, he plays with a motor and can move for his size. He could even project to offense, but either way, we see new offers coming soon. Matich is a rugged bulldog who competes hard, plays hard and is tough to handle because he's able to get underneath would be blockers. Fort Wayne South Side's Nathan Braster has continued to add weight and with his long arms and athleticism, the upside is evident. Montreal Vanier end Julien Kafo is a physically developed kid at 6'4, 240-pounds and has a lot of raw ability.

Cretin Derham Hall's Jashon Cornell came all the way from Minnesota with quite a handful of offers. He's a kid who projects as an edge rusher and has the athleticism and skill set to do that. A senior who really emerged as a sleeper to watch is Detroit Catholic Central's Chris Okoye, a monstrous 6'6, 320-pound kid who is powerful and currently without an offer, but we think that will change. Brother Rice (Mich.) defensive tackle Alberto Sandoval has been doing well on the circuit and has a couple offers to show for it. South St. Paul (Minn.) rising senior Preston Woods is a solid interior prospect who plays hard and has good technique. His wrestling has helped hiim with leverage and hand usage. Detroit Renaissance's Brandon Willis also caught the eye of several coaches. The MVP was Rochester Adams' Mark Sokol, a 2015 prospect to keep an eye on.

Linebacker:

Penn State commit Jared Wangler is a good athlete who can run and cover. University of Detroit Jesuit's Parris Bennett is an athletic, smart kid. He's not the biggest guy, but is well put together and runs well. Lapeer East's Kyle Rachwal is embracing linebacker and he's a good sized kid who is strong, intense and plays hard. Bowling Green commit Jalen Dingle worked out at linebacker, but we think he should grow into an edge rusher. D'Marcus Moon of Fort Wayne North continues to camp and prove he can play the position after playing mostly offense throughout his career, but he's a strong kid who needs to have a big senior year on defense. Clintondale's Trey Barksdale is another senior to be who is receiving some college looks and did some good things at the camp.

Detroit King's Tyriq Thompson is a 2015 kid already with an Illinois offer. He's a well built kid who has played safety, so he can run and cover, but is growing into a backer. A class of 2017 prospect to watch for the future is Joshua Ross, who is the younger brother of Michigan linebacker James Ross. Josh is built a little longer and lankier, but took on some talented older kids and more than held his own.

Defensive Back:

Damon Webb and Marshon Lattimore went head to head during the Cass Tech/Glenville 7 on 7 as both went both ways. However, both are likely defensive backs in college. They both have great size at 6'0. Lattimore is a little bigger, Webb is ahead of him as far as technique right now, but both are national top 50 players and outstanding athletes. In my view, the Ohio State commit Webb slightly got the better of the matchup this time.

Glenville's Erick Smith is an outstanding prospect as well with good size, athleticism and instincts. Detroit King's Jalen Embry is a good cover man who has quite a few offers, but appears to be in line for more as is his explosive teammate Avonte Maddox, who we think some have under-rated because of size, but he has a lot of things that make up for it.

Stanley Norman, a rising junior came out from California and may have had the best performance. He has excellent pure cover skills. He isn't the biggest guy, but rarely gave anything up throughout the camp. Terrence Montgomery from Georgia won MVP and also has quick feet and good technique despite a lack of height.

Cass Tech has two rising seniors in Keith Scott and Phillip Parham who can run and cover. Scott is a little longer, but Parham has good technique. Farmington's Curtis Brunson is another kid who excels in man to man. Clarkston's Tim Cason has several offers and looked good at the camp, showing that he is worthy of more. Cass Tech's Keshawn Gilmore is a big kid who could play safety or receiver at the next level. The school also has a very talented class of 2017 prospect in Lavert Hill, younger brother of Michigan signee Delano Hill. Farmingon's Jakkar Jackson is a 2016 kid to watch.

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