Since Marion is only twenty minutes away, I watched their scrimmage with Springfield yesterday morning. Wanted to watch a local senior who plays for Harding. Wanted to watch some of the Springfield players who attended my football camp at Dublin Scioto. Also wanted to watch my friend John Cupps, the new coach at Marion Harding.
Marion Harding LB Aaron Gabriel(212) lives in Upper Sandusky but plays for Marion Harding. A undersized LB, but plays with a ton of emotion. Like the way he fills and runs to the ball. Closes well, but needs to continue to get faster. Tough competitor.
Renewed my friendship with Springfield's RB Onslow Williams(212). First watched him play against Trotwood Madison when he was a freshman. Plays both ways, but really hope that he blossoms as a runningback. Like his burst at the LOS. Only 5'9, but 185 pounds. Deceptive speed. Durable. Should have a really good year. DE Darius James(212) played as a sophomore and returns to his DE position. Deceptive speed off the edge. Closes well. Stays on his feet. Also plays some TE.
Four players who came to my underclassmen camp all played and played well.
QB Chris Wallace(213) alternated at QB, but will be the starter, is stronger and quicker than last year. Smart and made some good decisions. Measured 6'0-180 at camp. Quick release, but needs to bring his thumb to his pocket on follow through. Sprints out and can throw effectively on the run to either side. Good feet, good hips. Can tuck the ball and run. Only get better.
WR Thaddeus Snodgrass(214) has a bright future. Measured 6'1-185 at my camp. Ran a 4.5 at my camp. Explosive and will go over the middle. Like his ball catching skills. Blocks well for a sophomore. Wide receiver instincts. Believe WR's need to have that certain swagger, but Thaddeus is already on the edge. One of best in his class.
LB Davonte James(214) is the younger brother of Darius. Natural linebacker. Strong and plays under control. Measured 6'2-210. Might be bigger now. Excellent closing speed. Finishes tackles. Linebacker instincts are good. Needs to increase overall speed. Also plays QB. Needs to get in better condition. One of best LB's in his class.
RB/FS Corey Timmons(213) transferred from a smaller private school this summer. Like his size. 6'1-195. Deceptive quickness. A long strider with good speed. Like his hips and burst. Broad jumped 9'4 at my camp. Plays both RB and FS. Evetually may be a defensive player. Closes on ball well. Potential get bigger and stronger. Excellent future.
Also spent a few moments with new Springfield assistant coach Andy Helms. Former head coach at C-J. Excellent teacher and will work with QB's.
Marion Harding has a young RB whom I really like. Saw him at OSU Camp. He took a beating yesterday, but kept coming back. Tough competitor. Watch for LJ Scott this fall.
Both programs are young with new head coaches, but are headed in the right direction.