Doing a little evaluating in the Dayton area Wednesday, and enjoyed visitng retiring coach, Jim Place at Hamlton. Also stopped to see my friend Mo at Trotwood Madison. Both men are excellent coaches who do alot for the kids with whom they coach.
One of the highlights of the day was watching Centerville's Michael Bennett(211) and Benny McGowan(212) throw the discus. Michael is peaking at the right time. Last week, he threw 188 feet. Yesterday, he won the discus with a throw of 191 feet. Excellent balance and quickness. Tough competitor with the swagger. Benny stunk it up for awhile. Just looked tight and out of rythum. Of course, I left after his third bad toss, to watch the long jump. In finals he threw the discus 155 feet for fourth place and a trip to the state. Next year I will watch all of his throws. Benny missed all of last season, but is looking good now. At least 6'3 and very explosive. Like his confidence.
Justin Murray (OL-Sycamore- 211). The big schools are concerned about his weight(245). He is not there yet. But he has excellent feet and OL instints. Like his concentration and movement. Has thrown over 160 feet this past season. A scholarship guy with excellent feet who needs time to get bigger.
Josh Bass (DB-Springfield-211) popped a 23 foot long jump. Steadily improved over season. Because of his height, needs to get into camps and show his stuff. And he will. Very competitive and excellent recovery ability. Just has been over overshadowed by Trey DePriest. Get into camp.
Rodriguez Coleman (WR-LaSalle-211) is slipping through the cracks. Watched him last fall have a career night against Moeller. At that time, I was concerned about true speed. Wednesday, he had a 14.8-110HH time and finished 2nd in his heat. Tall and can jump. Just think his potential better is much better than recruiters give him credit. Grades may be of some concern.
Keep an eye on Cody Quinn (CB-Middletown-212). Has burst and recovery skills. Skinny hips. Not as tall as I would like a CB, but has everything else. Plus very competitive. Right around 11.0/ 100 meters. Looks good on video.
Two more 212 Class members who I really liked were Chris Mims (RB-Colerain-212) and and Antonio Nelson (RB-LaSalle-212). Fast, fast, and fast. Strong, tough competitors. Both were anchors on their realy teams. Looking forward to watching run the football this fall.
Wanted to mention Kaleb Ringer (LB-Northmont-212). Watched him last fall and he makes plays all over the field. Really runs a little tight in hips, but he anchored the 4X100. A lot of toughness. A little shorter than the experts say, but good heighth. H will be a top guy.
Finally, nice to talk with David Fulcher Jr(RB-Mason-211). Injured in the first game and missed the complete season last year. Has increased his speed and has increased strength. Coming back from season long injury is tough, but he should do fine. If his mental approach is excellent, he will do excellent.
Always dislike publicly ranking prospects, and writing articles like this. You can never mention enough prospects. But, I guess some prospects is better than none. Another regional track meet tonight.