Monday, April 21, 2014

Contact Spring Football - Ohio ?

       Opened the Findlay Courier last week to read the sports pages and, "boom!" headline - "Banging the drum for spring football." Long time friend sportswriter Dave Hanneman wrote an article spring football for Ohio high schools.
       Sub-heading - " OSU coach Urban Meyer wants to see Ohio HS spring grid drills."
Yes, Urban Meyer is pushing the idea to have an entended period in the spring to run football practices. No, a two week period in the spring to wear equipment and practice football will not happen, and should not happen.
        Good conversation. Florida and some southern states have spring football. I guess, it is the real thing and works for football. In the "ideal world," probably not a bad idea. But in the real world for Ohio schools, probably not a really good idea. Problems.
         Coaches - Many schools have a hard enough time to find quality football coaches who can actually coach kids and communicate with them. Old school coaches who spent a lot of time on the game are retiring. Young coaches with young families watch the clock more than they should. Now they will ask coaches to spend two weeks in the spring, but also ask their time in getting ready for spring ball.
         Football budget  - Spending money on sports is tough now. Pay for play. Not only at smaller schools, but even schools like Lakota West have instituted "play for pay." Will football players have to pay additional money to participate for two weeks in the spring?
         Coaches' salary - How much will the football coach's salary will be for those two weeks. Will it be part of  his regular stipend for coaching in the fall. Many coaches already have half of their summer taken up with 7on7 and team conditioning.
         Spring sports coaching - Many coaches coach a spring sport, either as a head coach or an assistant. How would this work? Will the coach have to take a break in his spring sport to coach two weeks of spring football. Actually, more than two weeks, because there would be pre spring football practice planning. Two very prominent football programs in Cleveland are coached by men who also coach very respected track programs in the spring. How would this work.?
         The athlete - Top sprint star is also a top football player. Does he risk getting hurt in two weeks of spring football and miss the rest of track season and a chance to win the 100 meters at the OHSAA State Meet? Does that top pitcher who is also a QB miss two weeks of baseball to play spring practice?
         Practice equipment - Do the helmets get reconditioned for a second time? Does the practice equipment get replaced for a second time? Costs of maintaining practice facilities?
        The list goes on and on.
        Last  December, Assistant OHSAA  for football, told me that my QB/REC camp was a violation of Rule 7.8. I accepted his ruling, but did not agree with it. Costs me in the area of $400. But since I am a just a guy, tough luck John. When a person from a prominent high school in Cleveland called the OHSAA; When the Cleveland Browns called the OHSAA; When a rep from Ohio State football called the OHSAA; A different rule was now in effect and for some reason my camp would have not been a violation. But nothing was ever said to John McCallister, because I am just a guy. The answers were given to me given to me at the OHSFCA Regional Directors Meeting. Thank goodness, "Real Guys" got involved.
        What the majority of high school football coaches want is more freedom to work with football players in the off season. Work on QB drills on a Sunday afternoon. Work with linemen after school on pass techniques. The OHSAA has a new rule into effect that a coach can work with four players at one time in the off season. This would be for all sports.
        The other major concern that I have is the "AAU scare." Legally or illegally mover 7on7 teams are being formed in Ohio. All-star teams who will play teams from other states. Big in Cleveland. If the 7on7 is one high school team, for example Kenton, no problem. Coaches coach their own players. All-star teams. People other than the players' high school coaches coach the team. Now the mentality of AAU and "handlers," Not good. Now - "who is coaching your son?" AAU basketball, once thought to be good by high school coaches is pout of control. Who is  making money????
       Years ago, the OHSAA under a different commissioner put in rule 7.8, to limit the amount of strength Ohio high football coaches were getting. The OHSAA feared that high school football would get too strong. Hopefully that rule is no longer in effect and rule 8.3 is now the rule to follow.
       Spring football like football teams follow in the Southern state is not the answer. More time (legally) for high school football coaches to work with their players in the off season is the answer. Seven at a time is a good number for high school coaches to work with their players. Last year I saw a team  near Toledo going team offense against team defense in April. Not so good. Of course, they are not the only high school guilty of breaking the rule.
       Remember - " McCallister is"Just a guy." But I hope "Real guys," use good judgment.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Summer Football Camps

        I get emails and phone calls about the best camps to attend this summer. Do not know if there is a best answer. Of course, I would never put my choices on paper, but I will tell a parent or player, if they ask. Really all are camps are about the same. Big is not always better.
        Still get some questions as to whether I have any more combines scheduled this spring. I do not. For me the window is so small between wrestling, basketball, track and baseball that I try to do the MSROHIO combines in March. Really, any combines now, are really a waste of time. Too late. Focus on college summer camps.
        Had a parent call me just last week, because she did not have the correct password for some application for one of the national recruiting sites combine coming up soon. My answer "no big deal." What do these sites have to offer? Take your picture, put you on a list, and get contact information. I guess it is nice exposure, but I would not fret about not being able to participate. Her son was at our combine in March. He is going to be fine.
        Someone told her that "offers" are really important now. "If you do not have offers now, the chance of getting a scholarship is really lessens." SILLY! Most of the people who follow my thoughts, know that offers really overrated now. If you bust your butt at a camp and get an offer from your camp performance, then we are talking serious stuff. If the coaches tell you "to keep working hard and play well the first two games," then you are probably not on their 01A list.
        College coaches in the Midwest have to recruit from summer camps, because Ohio has no spring contact football like Florida and some other states do. It is what it is. That is why when a prospect goes to a camp, he needs to be first in line, finish every drill, compete hard, and show good character. Those are the type of things good evaluators will or should be looking forward to.

Choosing Camps
1A. If a player is going into his senior year, going to any camp for more than one day is not profitable. In one day, a college coach can see what he needs to see. One day is a lot less expensive. Time is of importance. Go to as many as he feels that that he needs to get exposure. Going one day will allow him to space his camps giving him some down time. Finally, he will get more attention, because of the time limit.

1. If a college out of state has offered you a scholarship and you really like the school, then you have to camp, at least one day. If a school like Iowa offers and you like them, go. Same with a Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Illinois, Purdue or Northwestern or a Buffalo or Syracuse. It is a trip, but you need to make the trip to do your own evaluation of their coaching staff's attitude. Have Mom and Dad check everything, too. See just what the coach is like when he is coaching. Same way with the head coach. See how well he communicates, when he is not sitting in your living room.

2. Locally, Ohio State has five different opportunities to camp for position players. Three one days. One called a Skill and Big Man Camp- This is primarily for underclassmen. Campers stay 1 and 1/2 days. Last year, they had to rename it.

3. Michigan's Camp lasts for four days. A player gets a ton of work. Of course, it is a well run camp.
If a player cannot stay that long, he can still go for one day.  Michigan State's Camp is more one day, but they get a lot of work done.

4. "Satellite Camps-" Toledo (8 sites) and Ohio University (3 sites) will travel to your area to put on four hour camps. Mostly for seniors to be, the camp is open to grades 9-12. A chance to learn, showcase, work on football skills, and compete. Sound familiar? Having been to these camps, I am really impressed with all of the work accomplished. A lot of individual attention. I am not familiar with the other schools in the MAC, because they have not responded to my requests. Guess I cannot help them. Oh well.

5. Division 2 Camps. Most people know that I have a high regard for D-2 football. Findlay, Ohio Dominican, and Ashland all host football camps on their campus. I have been to some and they do a really good job. All three schools allow D-3 schools to work the camps. Tons of exposure.

6. On exposure. I mentioned D-2 schools have D-3 schools working their camps. The BCA schools in the Midwest allow Mid level D-1 coaches to work their camps. Great for exposure. Years ago, Coach Tressel raised the bar for allowing unlinited MAC coaches access to work the camps. Not quite the same now, but still good. Excellent exposure.

7. On private camps - probably the best is the Nike Camp. Good to compete, but just so many bodies. Some coaches are just that - "warm bodies." A good camp to learn and compete. Of course, you get nice shirt. Football University - simply look at the price.

            Just some thoughts on college football camps. Most are what you make them. There are good ones and bad ones. At one satellite camp last year, the staff spent almost two hours going over combine drills. The camp was at the end of June. Remember if you go to camp  that wears shoulder pads, you can not wear them, even if it is a team camp.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Marvin Lewis Spoke at OSU Football Clinic

       Cincinnati Bengals' Head Coach Marvin Lewis spoke at Oho State's football clinic last Thursday night. An "Oh, my" for me. He came  to inform and to help every coach in the football business college thorough youth league to get better. No "BS," no philosophies, no war stories, and no "all about me," as some college and NFL coaches tend to do. Subject - Proper techniques of playing with the eyes and head up.
       Coach Lewis first introduced us to the program "Heads Up Football." I checked the program on the internet and it is very informative. Actually coaches and parents can join the program and receive all kinds of information about making football safer. Google "Heads Up Football."
       He spoke briefly on the evolution of the game. Football helmets were introduced in 1893 to protect your ears. In 1940, NFL players were required to wear helmets. In 1955, single bar face masks were introduced. My first helmet was the Riddell suspension helmet in 1963. Some people believe that I actually wore the old leather helmet.
       Coach Lewis listed the fundamentals of tackling.
          Great football position ( 45 degree power angle)
            "Squeeze the green" ( Continue to shorten the distance between you and the ball carrier)
                 Explode the hips
                    Explode the eyes.
                       Grab cloth
                          Slide the head to the side
                             Step on the toes (Follow thru- lift)
                Remember - "You are either coaching it or allowing it to happen"

       Marvin Lewis also said,  "As coaches we are now charged with revising our teaching methods to once again put emphasis on teaching the proper techniques of playing with head and eyes up. Lowering targets. Wrapping and tackling with our arms. Grabbing cloth.
       Much is being done to emphasize the proper technique of playing with the head and eyes up in the NFL. Colleges are getting better. High school rules need to be more specific. Coach Lewis - " We are seeing these modifications currently in our players in the NFL. You can see the same progress from your own players at your level."
       Reminder to check out "Heads Up Football."

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Jake Long - A Kentucky HS Player

         I will be the first to tell you that the football combines and camps that we put on are small time operations. Rivals, Nike, and the National Underclassman Combines are so huge. We are just a "mom and pop's" outfit. However, at one of our D-1 Sorts Training combines, I met a young man from Ashland Blazer High School in Kentucky.
        Jake Long (2016) from Ashland Blazer HS talked with me at the combine. Told me that he used to live in Ohio, but his parents moved to Kentucky. He trains with Alonzo Saxton in Columbus every weekend. Mr. Saxton told him that I would be a good resource for him to get started in the recruiting process.
        Jake sent me an email thanking me for the opportunity to test at the combine. He has talked with recruiting reporters in Ohio before, but once they find out that he is from Kentucky, they slowly disappear. There was also some concern that since he was a Kentucky boy, I would not be interested in helping him.
         Measuring 5'11(NS) and 167, Jake tested well for a sophomore. Ran 4.55/40. Verticaled 34.0. Broad jumped - 9.6. Ran 4.4/PS. Ran a solid 7.4/LC. With the work ethic that Jake has, these tests scores will improve a year from now. Plays DB at Blazer High School. Good hips and good speed.
         Because of his interest in MSR, I will see him on video this fall. Maybe I will see him at a camp this summer. Of course, watching him compete in pads will be hard. He better return to one of my combines next March.
         I do not promote our combines for out of state prospects. One, I want to focus on Ohio players. Two, regardless of a player's ability, for parents driving over four hours to go to any combine (Nike included) is silly. The results are not worth the effort. However, I will not turn away any player from out of state who wants to get better.
        Building honest relationships in recruiting is number one for me. Honesty is not a strength of many coaches or recruiting reporters when it comes to recruiting football prospects. Looking forward to helping Jake Long in the recruiting process. This fall and next spring is really important for him. His test scores have been sent out to my colleges. The process has begun.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Home Schoolers - Dakota Holtzclaw and Alex Melfe

       Over the winter, I watched two underclassmen football players who play for the Columbus Crusaders. The Columbus Crusaders football team is not a member of the Ohio High Athletic Association. But they play a very competitive independent football schedule. As I continue to learn more about the Crusaders, I found that they have two players are home schooled. First home schooled players that I have met. Both attended my combines at the D-1 Sports Training Center and were impressive.
       Dakota Holtzclaw (2016) is a wide receiver for the Crusaders. Measured almost 6'7-204(NS). Could add much weight to his frame. Verticaled 29.5. Ran 4.69/40. Ran 4.63/PS. Really athletic. Moves well. Changes direction. Ran 7.9/L-C. Competes hard. Caught the ball well. Liked his video. Dakota's combination size and agility is impressive. Once he adds strength/weight and maintains his athleticism, should be a definite Division One - college prospect. Only a sophomore.
       Alexander Melfe (2017) also plays for the Crusaders and is also home schooled. Really impressed with his LB skills in his video. Measured 6'2 1/2-219(NS). Ran 4.7/PS. Ran an impressive 7.3/LC. Threw 33'5PB. Much the same as Dakota Holtzclaw, I liked the way he the way he competed. On video, liked his LB skills. Runs well sideline to sideline. Needs to continue to improve speed, but will.
       Both Dakota and Alexander will have recruiters concerned about strength of competition. But watching the video, they both do a lot of things well for underclassmen. Physical skills are evident.
They need to get into camps this summer in front of decision makers. Next fall, they need to be dominating against good competition.
       One word on home schooling. More and more parents are home schooling. The OHSAA recently added rules for home schoolers' eligibility. They also put in rules governing which schools home schoolers can play.
        I will be watching the Columbus Crusaders this fall. Another underclassman who attended my combine was Maximilian Roberts (2016) who plays WR. Should be a good trip for me.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Meet Kevin Ferguson and Joe Johnson

        In the fall, I see a lot of high school football games. I see players who have that something special. I call them my "OH MY! players. Two players that were "OH MY" guys tested at my combines. One in Dayton. One last week at the D-1 Sports Training facility. Both are in the Class of 2015 and both need to be in camps.
       Cincinnati LaSalle High School's Kevin Ferguson is a big time play maker from the slot position. Huge hands. Catches everything. Faster after the catch. Does not possess top speed yet, but is faster with a ball in his hands. At the combine, he verticaled 34.9. Ran 4.1/PS (twice). Broad jumped 9'6. Measured 5'9.6-193 (NS). Ran the fastest L-cone of all of the combines. 6.9. Tremendous burst. If you follow test results, he is impressive.
        Kevin is even better in pads. Like him in the slot. Catches the ball on the run. May move to corner this fall. Regardless of which side of the ball he plays, he will be special. Came to my Underclassman Showcase last summer. Not only he is a really good football player, but an even better young man.
        Do not know Joe Johnson very well. Sometimes he goes by Eric. What I do know is that he is a very talented junior at Pickerington Central High School. His test results are not going to "wow" you. But when he has a football uniform on, he can. Measure just over 5'9 (NS). Best time was 4.7/40. Ran 4.6/PS.  Best L-C was 7.6. It is March, but Joe needs to work hard getting in better condition.
         Faster with pads on. Last fall against Centerville, watched him run a player down and tackle him on the 3 yard line. Joe has it, he just has to be totally in. He needs to get in better condition and play hard every play. Needs to stay focused. Either at WR or DB, he makes plays. Needs to want to work hard to be the best.
        A good college football coach needs to take time to the total package that a college prospect. They need to be able to that extra something. Both Kevin and Joe have that extra something. Both could be special recruits.

More players. More comments about Combines

Some other players need to be mentioned before, I close the book on this year's combines. I knew some of the players before the combines, but I was also impressed with some new names. Need to see all of them over the course of this spring and summer. Camps are important for all.
Ben Snell RB (2016) - Westerville Central. Measured 5'10.6/205 (NS). A north/south runner with 4.7 speed. Needs to work on changing direction, but his strength is N/S. Verticaled 30.0. Only a sophomore, he has time to get faster. Powerful, low to the ground runner.
John Junker LB (2015) - LaSalle. A favorite of mine, but needs to find a position. Possible LB. Ran 4.5 PS. Good burst. Getting stronger. Needs to get into camp.
Colton Whited WR (2015) - Hudson. Ran 4.6/40. Excellent hands. Broad jump - 9'4. L-cone 7.0. Measured almost 6'0 (NS). Can get faster. Liked his route running last fall. Needs to get into camp to show speed and ball catching skills.
Jalen Terry CB (2015) - New Albany. Last fall, Jalen impressed me as a cover corner. Almost 5'10(NS). 4.6/40 but will get faster. Explosive - 35.9 vertical. 9'11 broad jump. 7.1 L-cone. Good hips. Also 34'6 PB. Tough on run support. Needs to get into camp to show his skills. A high rated CB for me.
Leon Eggleston LB (2015) - Southview. Under the radar. Almost 5'11.6/193 (NS). 4.7/40. Impressive 4.3 PS. and 7.2 LC. Athletic. 9'5 broad jump. Need to see more. Undersized LB. Competes hard.
Aaron Williams WR/DB (2105) - Hamilton Township. Ran 4.59 (twice). 5'10-183 (NS). Needs to work on change of direction. Explosive - 9' broad jump. Needs to get into camp. Like his toughness.
DeShawn Gay WR/DB (2015) - Trotwood Madison. 5'8 (NS). 4.6/40. Ran 4.3 PS and 7.2 L-C. Competed hard. Athletic. As he continues to rain, he will get faster/stronger. Like his potential. Needs to get into camps this summer.
Derek Dryfuse TE (2015) - Tiffin Columbian. Simply needs to grow into body. 6'4.6/212 (NS). Ran 5.1/40. Needs to add weight. Get stronger. Excellent ball catching skills. Liked him on video. Get bigger/stronger.
Mitchell Larsen DB (2016) - Fairfield. Tested well. 33.6/vertical. 4.2 PS. 7.0 L-C. 5'11-162 (NS). Good hips. Needs to improve speed, but will - 4.6. Like everything about him as a corner. Frame to add weight. If he plays well in pads, will be one of the top CB in Class of 2016.
Sean Mahone RB (2016) - Lakota West. 6'0-194 (NS). Could be one of top RB's in Class of 2016. Ran 4.65/40. Ran 4.2 PS. Good hips. 7.3 L-C. Like his toughness. Competes hard.
Tyler Traylor WR/OLB (2016) - Dayton C-J. Measured 6'1-193 (NS). 4.8/40, but continues to improve. 4.4/PS. 9'0 broad jump. Ran 7.3 L-C. Better in pads. Plays hard. Plays both sides, but for me a defender. Potential is there.
Nick Kiffmeyer WR/DB (2015) - Findlay. Needs to get into camps. 5'11.6/185 (NS). Ran 4.5/40. 4.2/PS. Broad jumped 9'6. Good explosion. Good burst - 7.0/ L-C. Needs to show skills in front of decision makers. Sleeper.
Luke Ogi LB (2015) - West Holmes. Like him. 6'0-205 (NS). Ran 4.62/40 (twice). Changes direction well for size. 4.3/PS. 7.3/L-C. Good burst. 33.8/PB. Like his toughness. Needs to get into camps. Get in front of decision makes. Sleeper
Ryan Grooms LB (2015) - Grove City. 6'1.6/228 (NS). Ran 4.9/40. Needs to get quicker, but is true Mike backer. 4.6/PS and 7.6 L-C. Like his toughness. Better with pads on. Did vertical 32.5.
Kyle Bundy LB (2015) - Granville. Plays DL now, but LB in college. Ran 4.63/40. Good quickness and change of direction. Ran 4.4/PS. Ran 7.2/L-C (twice). 9'4/BJ. Verticaled 33.5. Competes. Needs to get into camps and work at LB. Sleeper
Franas Cutchember DB (2015) Dublin Scioto. Caught my eye with 4.59/40. Broad jump - 9.5. Verticaled 32.2. Need to see more this summer.
Daniel Kwarteng WR (2015) Westerville Central. Impressive tests scores. 38 vertical. Ran 4.3/PS. Fast - 4.5/40. Needs break out year. Really had developed in the off season. Sleeper. Definitely needs to get front of decision makers. 6'2-183 (NS)
Christian McDermott RB/DB (2015) - Granville. Solid prospect. Ran 4.2/L-C. PB-31'6. Measured 5'10-198 (NS). Needs to attend camps this summer.
Marco Anverse LB ( 2015) - Troy. Measured 6'0-226 (NS). Strong upper body. Needs to be more flexible. Ran 4.7/PS. Better in pads.
Ryan Tobicash LB (2015) - Keystone. Plays LB , but could see him growing into a DL guy. Ran 4.7/40. Verticaled 31.5. Broad jump -9'2. Good hips 4.59/PS and 7.69/L-C. Measured 5'11-221 (NS).
Needs to get in front of college coaches. I need to look at video. Sleeper

Offensive Linemen at the Combines

       A surprising number of big "OL/DL Guys" came to the combines this year. Juniors some  who have offers and some are working to get the first one. Sunday's combine had the most "Bigs," but there were some at the first two also. Heights/weights based on no shoes.

Bryce Gibbs (2015) - Wellington. Constantly improved since I first saw him last summer. 6'4- 300.  Ran    a solid 5.4/40. Verticaled 24.0. Changes direction well. Cannot carry anymore weight.  
DaVon Hamilton (2015) - Pickerington Central. Gone from just a big guy to a slimmed down 6'4-282. Powerballed 37'3. Still a work in progress. Ohio University offer.
Bryce Harris (2015) - Akron Firestone. Runs straight ahead well. Needs to work on lateral movement. Good explosion. 6'2-265. Broad jumped almost 8'0. PB-33'8. Athletic.
Jacob Zinni (2015) - West Branch. 6'4-312. Almost too heavy. Ran 4.9/pro shuttle. Ran well in the L-cone test. Powerful upper body. 35' PB. Tough-guy attitude.
Alec Curts (2015) - Mount Vernon. Measured 6'3-257. Ran 5.0/40. Pro shuttle - 4.8. L-cone 7.7. Runs really well. Athletic. Needs to keep adding weight/strength. A camp guy. One of the most impressive OL guys in the combine.
Shane Maxey (2015) - Central Crossing. Needs to continue to get stronger and bigger. 6'2-252. Ran 5.25/40. Ran 7.9/L-cone. Like his potential,
Daylen Neese (2015) - Meigs Local. First saw him at OHSAA State Wrestling Tournament. Athletic. Good balance. Ran 5.1/40. Measured 6'2-234. May be a "DL Guy." Needs to change direction.
Christian Eubanks (2015) - Reynoldsburg. Measured 6'3-272. Broad jumped 7'0. Athletic. Like his balance. Needs to get into camps. Like his potential.
Hunter Meece (2015) - Hamilton. 6'3-243. Athletic. Ran 4.9/pro shuttle. Verticaled 24.5. OB-35.4. Frame to add weight. Needs to get into camp. Like his potential. Natural center.
Antonio Shelton (2015) - Westerville North. Pleasant surprise. Measured 6'2-263. DL Guy. Ran 5.0/pro shuttle. Broad jumped almost 8 feet. Ran 5.3/40. PB -37'0. Really like his potential to play D-1.
JoVahn Fair (2105) - Akron Firestone.  Runs well. (5'1/40) Changes direction. (4.9/PS) Explosive. Needs to get into camps. Good upper body strength.
Tristan Roberts (2015) - Canton GlenOak. Needs to get into camp. Concerned about height, but is a center. Ran 5.0/PS. Like his toughness. Toughness biggest asset.
Evan Barker (2105) - Canton GlenOak. Like his size 6'4-287, but he really has to get in shape. Needs to improve agility. Needs to get stronger. Liked his potential, but he has work to do.
Clayton Schmerber (2015) - Centerville. Measured 6'6-213. Plays TE now. Put on 20 pounds. Ran 5.1/40. Excellent body control. Ran 7.6/L-cone. 4.4/pro shuttle. Could see him lining up at left tackle for D-1 school. Of course, needs to continue to add weight.
Chris Beech (2016) - Kettering Alter. Natural center. 6'1.6 -262(NS). Verticaled 28.0. Ran 4.8(PS). Liked his toughness last size. Needs to keep improving quickness. Like his potential.
Justin Rigg (2016) - Springboro. Measured 6'5.6-221(NS). Plays TE, but I hope he grows into an OL guy. 5.0/40. Ran 4.6/PS. Impressed me in L-cone 7.5. Needs to get stronger, but frame to get bigger/stronger. Excellent potential.
John Todd (2016) - Parma Senior. Actually watched him as a freshman. 6'2-265. Like his brute strength. Needs to work on agility. Needs to be faster and quicker. Believe he can do that. Competes hard.
Jacob Harrison (2016) - Clinton Massie. Like potential. 6'2-258. Good movement 4.9/PS. Needs to work on speed. Good upper body strength.
Justin Nelson (2016) - Big Walnut. Like his potential. Former skilled guy. Measured 6.3.6-267. Ran 5.0/PS. Power ball -35'+ (twice). Like DT, but could also see him on the OL. No varsity experience, but really like his attitude and potential.
Neal Davis (2016) - Teays Valley. Big strong OL/DL. Needs to work on straight ahead speed. Ran 5.0/PS. Potential is there, but must be top condition.
Lamont Ragland II (2105) Jefferson Township. Liked him last year. Plays DE, but would like to see him inside. 6'1-225(NS). Ran 5.0/40. Ran 4.5/PS. Power ball -34'7. Like his toughness. Excellent quickness. Potential is excellent.
Andrew Lynn (2105) - Milton Union. Need to see more. 6'2.6-234(NS). Ran 4.9/40. Excellent quickness -4.8/PS. 7.8- Lcone. Needs to get bigger/stronger.
Michael Miranda (2017) - Stow. Only a freshman, but see potential. 6'3-246. Ran 5.1(PS). Broad jumped 8'0. Ran 5.3/40.
      Really like the potential of these linemen. Hope that some of the abbreviations are understandable.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Some QB's at the MSROHIO Combines

Quarterbacks testing at combines is good for me, but the best thing I get to see them in person. Also, even with the limited time after the testing, I get to see them throw. I try not to do much suggesting, but instead, just like to watch them throw. Of course, I am always watching their "quarterback presence."
Mitch Guadagni (2015) - Hudson. Has a lot of skills. 6'2-187(NS). Fast - 4.6/40. Verticaled 35.5. Had one of the better PB throws - 34'7. Strong arm. Needs to improve release. Smart. One of my top three QB's in the Class of 2015.
Roger Engle (2015) - Lorain Clearview. Excellent athlete. Strong arm. Has been with for two years. Needs to get into camps. Biggest test will be completing balls against fast DB's. Needs to improve overall speed.
Brandon Muehl (2015) - Findlay. Definitely needs to get into camps. Almost 6'5-200 (NS). Moves well for size. 4.6/PS. PB-34'6. Threw all winter (with Ben Mauk) to get better and has done that. Like his release. Should have a breakout year.
Danny Naylor (2015) - Springfield. Needs to add weight and strength to his 6'5-166 pound frame. Like his release. Moves in pocket. Watched him for three years, but needs to add a lot of weight. Ran pro shuttle - 4.4.
Steve Ficyk (2015) - Brunswick. Liked him last fall. Manages the game. Physical tools. 6'2-215 (NS). Needs to improve overall speed. Pocket passer. Good release. Needs to get into camps. A run oriented offense. Under the radar.
Nathan Densel (2015) - Dublin Scioto. Strong arm. Good feet. Athletic. Need to see more. Like his release. Did not get to watch him as much. Liked his video. Good size 6'1-204 (NS). Camp guy for me.
Saalih Muhammad (2016) - Springfield. Like his size - 6'2-205 (NS). Strong arm. 36'2 (PB). Like his release. Needs to work on footwork. Strong runner. Last fall was impressed with QB presence. Tough. One of my top QB's in Class of 2016.
Hunter Krause (2016) - Fairfield. Like his feet. Good quickness. 7.2/Lcone. Excellent release. Like his size 6'2-188 (NS). Really like QB presence. Strong arm and will continue stronger. Like his delivery. One of my top QB's in Class of 2016.
Elijah Cunningham (2016) - Springboro. Good size. 6'2-170 (NS). Like his release. Can spin-it. 9'1(BJ). Verticaled 33.2. Needs to get overall stronger and add weight. Needs to not press himself. Potential to be one of my top QB's in the Class of 2016.
Gunner Hoak (2016) - Dublin Coffman. Continues to get better and better. Good high release. Solid arm. Smart. Good size 6'3.6/187 (NS). Like his throwing motion. One of my top QB's in the  Class of 2016.
Sam Stout (2016) - Southview. Liked his video. Need to see more. 6'1-197 (NS). Strong. Athletic. Needs to improve  overall speed and quickness. Like his passing tech. Needs reps and experience. Need to see more in camp. Like his potential.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Tyler Long, Clayton Glasco, and Charles Smith

     "If you are good enough, somebody will find you." I really believe this old cliché. Although saying this is easy for me, because I am way too old to play college football. Three of the many players who impressed me at the combine yesterday really fit this quote. Charles Smith - Toledo Central Catholic; Tyler Long - Tiffin Calvert; Clayton Glasco - Pickerington Central.
      I have watched Charles Smith grow and mature as a person and football player for three years. His first two years, he played at Springfield High School near Toledo. An RB/DB with okay speed, but he really played hard. Came to my camps and combines. Last year, he transferred to Toledo Central Catholic HS. Had to sit for a few games. A knee injury ended his season. Really had lost contact with him last year. Charles attended the MSROHIO Combine yesterday. A solid 6'1-183. Still needs to improve speed-4.8. But I like his burst - 4.3/shuttle. 7.0/L-cone. Broad jumped - 8'3. 31'9 powerball. Should be playing as an inside DB this fall.
       Watched Pickerington Central twice last fall. Excellent Division 1 program in Ohio. Watched Clayton Glasco (2015) at LBer. Liked him and thought that he had potential. Yesterday at the combine, he impressed me. 6'1-225 with shoes on. Ran back to back 4.62 and 4.60. Verticaled 33.0.
4.62/shuttle - Recorded 9'6 - LJ. 7.5-L-cone. 37'9 - powerball.(one of the top throws). All of this carrying 225. What makes Clayton even better is that he has fun competing. Smiles a lot, but is "lights-out" guy with pads on.
       Years and years ago Tiffin Calvert football was huge. Declining enrollment has put them deep into the small school division. Tyler Long came to my underclassman camp last summer. An good athletic QB. Liked him last fall, but really caught my eye with his defensive skills. Yesterday, helisted 6'1-187 (NS). Ran 4.43(HH) and 4.56 (EL). Verticaled 34.5. Ran 4.4 pro-shuttle. Broad jump - 9'11. L-cone 7.2 and powerball - 33.4. Excellent attitude and will "strike" you with pads on. See him as a very good inside DB. My advice - play QB, but win a scholarship as a DB.
       Just over 425 players went through the combines this year. Of course, many did well and drew my attention. These are just three players who need to get into college camps and then play well this fall. They are fine prospects.