Saturday was a big day for me. Spent a few minutes with my grandson, Brady, in the morning. Spent most of the afternoon at the Divison 1 District track meets at Hilliard Darby. Spent the early evening at Brian and Erika's home, and, of course, zeroed in on my granddaughter Cora. On the way home stopped at the D-1 Training to watch Chuch Gresham work out some football players. The grandbabies were super , but want to comment on some of the track guys whom I watched.
Three Hilliard Davidson football players have helped form the nucleus of their track team. The Hilliard boys tied for District champs by winning the 4X400 meter relay. Dametrius "DD" Clark was more a blocker in Davidson's run offense, but look for him to be "the ball carrier" this fall. He ran on the 4X100, the 4X200, and the 4X400. Big strong, and fast. A "sleeper" at running back. DaMarcus Nelson (2014) ran on the relays and also ran the 300 meter hurdles and placed second. DaMarcus has not played football for two years but ran AAU track for two summers. I have no idea as to how good a football player that he can be. But he is squeezing 6 feet and wants to play CB. Watching him run, I know that he competes and runs well. Hope to see him in camp this summer.
One of my favorites in the Ohio Class of 2014 is Hilliard Davidson's DB Phillipie Motley. Always considered a track guy playing football, but that has changed. Saturday, he finished second in the 100m at 10.78, second in the 200 meters in 21.7, and ran anchor the first place 4X400 meter relay team. Liked his toughness and his recovery speed last fall at corner. Wish he were just alittle taller. Better run stopper than people think. At the end of the day, could be one of the best corners in his 2014 class.
Ohio State bound Darren Lee from New Albany finished third in the 100 meters. A football player getting faster by running track. Darren warmed up hard and was really focused. Ran 11.1, after running 11.38 in the prelims. I have always liked his attitude. Think that he will play special teams early for the Buckeyes. He is tough and plays with every inch of his ability. Not always pretty, but he gets it done. Tremendous competitor.
Two members of the Ohio Class of 2016 impressed me. Both linebackers and both good size. Delaware's Ethan Tucky and Reynoldsburg's Mark Gordon ran on relays and ran hard. Tucky came to my combine last March. Both, if they continue to work hard and stay focused, will be D-1 recruits.
Impressed with the effort of some other football prospects. Mount Vernon's Logan Rhea did not quality, but ran hard in the sprints. Need to see more, but also liked sophomore Trae Johnson from Canal Winchester.
Good day for track. Heading to the regional meets at Austintown and Bedford this week.