Tuesday, August 10, 2010

First Day for Scrimmages

Today was the first day for high school teams to play against a different colored jersey. For you that know me, you must realize I go to evaluate talent. Very rarely do I have time to analyze an offense or defense. My early travels took me to Ohio Wesleyan to watch Big Walnut, Dublin Scioto, and Buckeye Valley.

Buckeye Valley is small in numbers, but played with enthusiasm and intensity. The player who caught my eye for them was Juston Koss(212). Plays DE/RB. Probably 6'1-195. Plays hard and is intense. Needs to work on his feet/quickness. Frame to get bigger/ stronger. Will need to keep working, but has a chance.

Big Walnut has a 212-DT who caught my eye. Saw Jason Griffth at the OSU camp this past summer. Just over 6 feet, but strong and powerful. Probably weighs 250. Needs to improve balance and quickness. Could be a 3 technique. Needs to play harder at times. Like his potential, but will have to work on agility.

Dublin Scioto has two young players whom I really like. William Huston(213)is a guy getting his first varsity competition. About 5'11, but weighs about 215. Solid speed. Excellent vision. Tough inside runner who reads well. Has alittle burst, but will get faster. Told him that he has to play with much, much more intensity. Only a sophomore, but has a ton of potential. Grant Noppenberger(212) is a 3 technique guy. Only 6'1, but packs about 250. Played center, as well as some DT. Good base. Intelligent. Tough. Heighth will determine what side of ball he plays. Scioto has a quick, short playmaker who is only a 214 guy. Well be exciting in the years ahead.

This is kind of a sample of what I send to colleges during the season. On this blog I have omitted seniors. My concentration is mostly on underclassmen.

Going to watch Kenton, Olentangy, Marion Franklin, and Lancaster tonight. More players to evaluate.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Ohio Prep Football Time

High school football season began on Monday. What can I say, it is the most funtime of the year for me. With conditioning, combines, camps, and 7on7's, it seems like football year-round. But football time is real now.

Possible good news for Strongsville football. One of my top o-line prospects in Ohio tore his ACL last spring in a pick-up basketball game. David Kaminski, as 6'4-270 OL guy is beginning to jog now. Hopefully, he will be back by game 4. He weighed 215 as as a freshman, but now is up to 270. Long and can run. Excellent feet and like the way he bends. My kind of lineman. Slender and gaining weight the right way. Excellent potential.

Had a chance to watch Braxton Miller in some 7on7 games last week. He does everything with his arm. Tremendous arm strength, but needs to work on some finer points. Needs to follow through. Needs to work on weight balance. Needs to improve footwork. Once he improves technique, "watch out." He could be a "special QB" at Ohio State. He is a passer, not a thrower who can run. Very coachable. Of course. Devin Smith(WR -Massillon) could make life easier for Braxton. Tremendous ball skills. Better after the catch. Devin also has a chance to be special at Ohio State.

Alot of recruiting analyst(whatever that means) spend much of their time following the "no brainers." Most of the time that is easy. Saw a QB last week in 7on7 games whom I really like. Probably not a 5 Star or even a 1 Star now, because Rivals does not know about him. Tall 6'4-225 QB (Class of 210). Quick release. Strong arm. Good feet. Like his QB presence. Only his third year of playing quarterback. Led Leipsic to a 10-2 record on the D6 level. Looking forward to seeing him this fall.