Last fall while scouting a sophomore QB from Akron Manchester, a very athletic center just kept making block after block. At the time, he was probably 6'4-245. Head Coach Jim France told me this past weekend that is now 6'5 and 275. Probably too light by some recruiters, but not for me. Love Tony Matteo's video.
Good solid base and good footwork. Blocks backside well. Gets his feet set as a pass blocker and maintains block. Good bender. Able to turn defender on run blocks and maintain leverage. Excellent short snapper in the spread. Blocks to the whistle.
Liked his leadership last fall. Toughness evident.
Although he plays for one of the better high school football programs in Ohio, Manchester does not produce a lot of D-1 prospects. With good camp showings this summer, Tony will be evaluated closely this fall. Like his chances.
Knew that Watkins Memorial had a big tight end/ d- end, but had not evaluated him until just before the Lewis Center combine. Reno Reda measured 6'5-239. Beginning to fill-out, but is really long. Vertical 28" and shuttled 4.51. Solid 4.8/40. 35'9" powerball. Tested well.
On video, runs well and plays fast and hard. Plays DE, as well as TE(at times), and offensive tackle, but best position is on the offensive line. Long arms. Good footwork. Needs to be a better bender, but I think that he can. Finishes blocks. Run blocks well on second level. Natural shuffle as pass blocker. At times needs to play under more control.
Like his potential alot. Just needs to grow into body. With his length and athleticism colleges can find a position for him. As I said, eventually he will be a solid offensive line prospect.