First day of scrimmages in the book. In the morning saw some of the Aurora-Elyria scrimmage and then went a short distance to watch Columbia - Keystone. Last evening made the trip south to watch Marion Franklin, Lancaster, Kenton, and Olentangy. Good programs - good players.
First time to watch a Bob Mihalik (Aurora) coached team for a while. Only saw a few plays, but I like the potential of sophomore OL/DL Josh Berger. Listed 6'4-285 and also a heavyweight wrestler. QB George Bollas is a Kent State commit. Listed 6'3-190 and like him as an athlete.
Liked Elyria's CB Church (2015) at corner. Listed 5'10-160. Recovers well. Back pedals. Improve speed. Both running backs, Jeron Connor and JumarrLewis ran well. Both short, but compact gave second effort.
Have written before about Keystone's CJ Conrad. Listed 6'5-220. Best position is probably TE. Like him on defense, but time will tell. Excellent hands. First year to line-up at tight end, but should be one of the top three TE's in his class. Really wanted to see Columbia's OL Brandon Heidecker. Listed 6'5-275 and like his athleticism. Good base on pass blocking. Good bender. Needs to be more aggressive at times. Columbia QB Jay Banyasz (2014) is a good athlete. Better runner than passer. Solid FS. Needs to improve speed.
Olentangy QB Noah Durst (2014) looked good at times. Like his poise and leadership. Understands the offense. First year starter continues to improve as a passer, and has potential to be good. Center Andy Simms continues to improve at center. Weighs 270 and kept quickness. Like his toughness.
DE/OLB Noah Furbush (2014) looked solid for Kenton. Closes well on ball carrier. Changes direction well. Super competitor and very athletic. Really believe if WR Justin Sawmiller (2014) were two inches taller and one-tenth a second faster, he would be a no-brainer D-1 recruit. Excellent hands. Excellent presence as a wide out. DB Matt Bahr (2014) covers sideline to sideline well. Like his toughness on run support. Newcomer Tristan Reichelderfer (2015) played well at times from his ILB position. Junior OL Larry Wells listed 6'7-290 continues to improve from his left tackle position. Could be very good his senior year.
OL Kyle Trout (2014) and an Ohio State commitment looked strong and is very athletic. Have always liked him, and he has added toughness to his strengths. QB Alex Butsko (2015) has been to my combines and showed much toughness yesterday. First year as starting QB. Shortness may move him to defense on the next level, but his competitiveness really impressed me.
Former defensive lineman AJ Harvin (2015) has moved to LBer, but his presence is really felt at running back. Listed 5'10-240, he was a beast running the ball. Good balance. Good burst. Just a tough football player. DL Shemar Moss listed 6'1-220 explodes off LOS. Needs to play under control more often. Tough. Quick. Possibly an LB on the next level. OL Martesse Patterson, listed 6'5-290 looked good in spurts. I did not see him until after he had scrimmaged two other teams. Not fair for me to evaluate him. Good bender. Explosive at times. He was on fumes. Really good prospect, however.
These are just some of the players whom I was able to watch.