Last Friday, I stayed home for a little respite from traveling and watched my hometown Upper Sandusky Rams host Tiffin Columbian. The Rams played a really good first half, but lack of depth did them in the second half. Love the Rams, but really came away impressed with Tiffin standout, senior Derek Kneeskern. You see, he never left the field until the outcome was decided.
Kneeskern, 6'2-200, all purpose player may not a top D1 prospect, but he is a scholarship player. Solid speed, but needs to continue to get faster. His competitive speed combined with strength makes him special. On one TD run, he literally ran over three defenders. Needs to be more flexible with hip rotation, but he has long jumped 22 feet. Also carries a 3.3 in the classroom.
As a WR, he had 3 catches for 80 yards and 2 TD's. After TC scored he kicked the PATS(5). Punted twice for 81 yards. From his CB position, he had 5 solo tackles and 1 pass break up. Returned punts. At half-time, he sold raffle tickets(attempt at humor).
Alot of high school teams have a Derek Kneeskern, but I am not always able to watch those kind of athletes with level of competition I usually see. Very refreshing to watch a high school player do alittle of everything, but do it well.