Last Thursday morning, I watched Ashland scrimmage North Canton Hoover. I try to make this scrimmage whenever possible. Both coaches, Scott Valentine(Ashland) and Don Hertler (Hoover) always have their teams ready to play and every year they have players who need to be evaluated.
Hoover's Luke Grandjean is an all around athlete and this year is playing QB. Tall and moves really well. Excellent hands. Last year, he played WR. Also was impressed with Hoover TE Ian Baker (2015). Listed 6'4-210 and will fill out. Moves well. Played DE/TE, but could end up as an OL guy on the next level. Good bender. Liked his aggressiveness. Athleticism is a strength. DB/WR Tyler Drabick (2016) also caught my eye. I understand that he is a really good basketball player, but I like him in the secondary or as a wide out. Actually looks like he could line up at QB. Really good athlete.
First saw Ashland players, Ty Green (2014) and Heath Reineke (2014) at the Cleveland Browns combine last February. OL/DL Ty Green, listed 6'2-255 is strong and powerful. Solid feet, but needs to be a better bender. Probably a better OL guy. Like his toughness. Heath really impressed me with his toughness and his constant motor. Listed 6'3-225, not only plays defensive end, but this year is playing some OLB. Very underrated as an edge guy. OL Drew Dickenson (2015) is solid OL prospect. Guessin 6'3-250, but will get bigger. Liked his feet. Good base on pass blocking. Solid bender. Possible center.
Friday morning watched Coldwater take on Greenville. Made the trip to watch Greenville's Bryce Jenkinson (2015). Listed 6'1-210 and maybe one of the most explosive players that I have seen this early season. Been injury plagued early in his career, but his legs are okay now. Really like his closing speed.
The Lake (Millbury) and Huron scrimmage Friday night was a good one. Huron's Cody Thompson (2014) is a true athlete. Listed 6'2-185, he has really quick feet. Former WR, but is playing QB this fall. Next year he will move back to WR for the Toledo Rockets. One of my camp guys, Lake's QB Jared Rettig (2015) ran and passed the ball really well. Guessin 6'2-195, if he keeps improving, he will be one of the top QB's in his Ohio Class of 2015 going into his senior year.
Watched my hometown Upper Sandusky Rams, Saturday morning. They played well against a solid Mansfield Madison team. Small in numbers, but they play hard. Senior Tyler Pritchard plays LB, but also starts at QB. His throwing mechanics need improved, but he makes plays. Understands coverage. Good football player.
Good weekend and saw a lot of good high school football. Only 16 weeks to go.