"If you are good enough, somebody will find you." I really believe this old cliché. Although saying this is easy for me, because I am way too old to play college football. Three of the many players who impressed me at the combine yesterday really fit this quote. Charles Smith - Toledo Central Catholic; Tyler Long - Tiffin Calvert; Clayton Glasco - Pickerington Central.
I have watched Charles Smith grow and mature as a person and football player for three years. His first two years, he played at Springfield High School near Toledo. An RB/DB with okay speed, but he really played hard. Came to my camps and combines. Last year, he transferred to Toledo Central Catholic HS. Had to sit for a few games. A knee injury ended his season. Really had lost contact with him last year. Charles attended the MSROHIO Combine yesterday. A solid 6'1-183. Still needs to improve speed-4.8. But I like his burst - 4.3/shuttle. 7.0/L-cone. Broad jumped - 8'3. 31'9 powerball. Should be playing as an inside DB this fall.
Watched Pickerington Central twice last fall. Excellent Division 1 program in Ohio. Watched Clayton Glasco (2015) at LBer. Liked him and thought that he had potential. Yesterday at the combine, he impressed me. 6'1-225 with shoes on. Ran back to back 4.62 and 4.60. Verticaled 33.0.
4.62/shuttle - Recorded 9'6 - LJ. 7.5-L-cone. 37'9 - powerball.(one of the top throws). All of this carrying 225. What makes Clayton even better is that he has fun competing. Smiles a lot, but is "lights-out" guy with pads on.
Years and years ago Tiffin Calvert football was huge. Declining enrollment has put them deep into the small school division. Tyler Long came to my underclassman camp last summer. An good athletic QB. Liked him last fall, but really caught my eye with his defensive skills. Yesterday, helisted 6'1-187 (NS). Ran 4.43(HH) and 4.56 (EL). Verticaled 34.5. Ran 4.4 pro-shuttle. Broad jump - 9'11. L-cone 7.2 and powerball - 33.4. Excellent attitude and will "strike" you with pads on. See him as a very good inside DB. My advice - play QB, but win a scholarship as a DB.
Just over 425 players went through the combines this year. Of course, many did well and drew my attention. These are just three players who need to get into college camps and then play well this fall. They are fine prospects.