Last Friday, I made a trip to C-bus to watch some Cental Ohio high school players workout at the Continent. Cannot remember the name of the facility, but it is behind the Continent.
Anthony Murphy of Cap City Preps is the director, and puts as much emphasis on academics, as athleticism. Anthony has a website and is considered by many, as one of the best at promoting Central Ohio high school football players. Alonzo Saxton Sr. does much of the instruction and works to promote high school players.
Because some of the players stayed home to rest for the Rivals Camp in Cincinnati the next day, numbers were small. But, for me, anytime I can evaluate players, it is good. Sometimes in the process of evaluating, I can eliminate. Plus a player can never be evaluated enough. Always something to learn. Always the chance to meet new young prospects.
RB/DB Tawain Gordon (2014) from Pickerington Central is always working on his game. I have known watched him for two years and he continues to improve. Like him as an RB, he probably is a better slot receiver. Also cold be an inside DB. He works hard and competes. Runs track, and if his time in the 100m is real, could surprise some people.
Also really focused on Ronald Randolph, a 2015 QB from Gahanna Lincoln High School. He works out with Kenton native, Ben Mauk. Ronald's mechanics have improved tremendously over the past year. Short in height by QB standards, but he has two years to stretch up. Excellent feet, a high release, and can spin it. Understands the position. Looking forward to seeing more of him this summer and fall.
Watched a receiver from Groveport Madison. Only a sophomore. Raw in regards to route running and gaining separation. Concentrates really well. Strong hands and can get vertical. Already sent me his profile information. Needs coached up and reps.
An additional highlight was chatting with Alonzo Saxton Jr. who committed to Duke to play football for the Blue Devils. Have watched him for three years. but injuries over that time have hurt his growth as a football player. Excellent hips. Good burst. Fast. Reads well. Obviously, he has to stay healthy. I like his decision, because Duke is where he wants to be.
Heading to Akron tomorrow to do much the same. With recruiting getting more dishonest every day, sometimes its refreshing to watch all levels of talent. By that I mean so many people just "use" high school football players. Nice to be able to help all levels of talent get better.