05 December 2010
This weekend is one I always look forward to but all the more interesting when there are players that I want to see. Highlights are great. Game film is better. Seeing players play a full game tells you so much more about them.
Best prospects I saw this weekend:
1 - Akise Teague - I watched this kid score 5 touchdowns. All of them were highlight reel runs. His ability to change direction at speed is a skill very few runners possess. All day he left defenders grasping at air. Not only does he make them miss he has such exceptional acceleration that they don't get a second chance. The surprising thing about Teague is that he runs with some power. He does not go down from arm tackles. His balance is cat-like. I am not arguing that he should be recruited as a running back. I have seen enough on film to know he has the ball skills to play in the slot. He catches the ball naturally. Back when Ted Ginn was being recruited I had many an argument with fans about what positions he should play. He was the nations top ranked cornerback. I argued that he is such a playmaker that you have to play him on offense to put the ball in his hands more often. I believe Teague could be a corner but he is so electric on offense that I completely agree with the decision by the staff to recruit him as a slot. He is supposedly coming in for a visit.
2 - Kyle Kalis - I bet some of you thought this spot was going to be reserved for Braxton Miller or Shaq Washington. I pay attention to line play. Kalis should not be allowed to play against high school players. What he does to opponents borders on assault. He beats up the opposition. In a great division one championship game St. Edward came from behind to win the game. All of a sudden it seemed to turn St. Edward way. I think it was the commitment to the run where Kalis and Northwestern bound Geoff Mogus and MAC offered Brandon Jackson started to wear down the undersized Wayne defense. I don't like to project offensive linemen to play as freshman. Kalis is one that I think can. Love the nasty. Love the motor. One of the ten best offensive line prospects I have seen in Ohio during my years of evaluating players.
3 - Braxton Miller - Threw for 200 yards and a couple of touchdowns on a 15 of 24 passing night but with a little help from his receivers his totals would have been much better and Miller is likely topping off an incredible senior year with a state championship. There were three balls that were flat dropped that would have added about 60-80 yards to his total and likely another touchdown. Miller made one bad decision all night. It resulted in the only interception that he threw all night. I know the stats show 2 but the other came on a hail mary on the last play of the game. Miller dominated the game and showed he was why Wayne got this far.
4 - Shaq Washington - At one point late in the game Washington had 347 of Maple Heights 377 yards. This is a very smart and very driven football player. I wonder if he sticks with his verbal to Cincinnati. Others could come calling after his performance in the last two weeks. I think he verballed early to get it out of the way so he could focus on the season. He comes across as a kid who meant it when he said he wanted to focus on his senior year.
5 - Bam Bradley - 14 tackles. What more needs be said? The complete package as a safety. Size, range, speed and instincts. Great tackler. Big hitter. An early offer kid next year for sure.
6 - Cameron Burrows - This is a new name to many of you. He has been a matter of conversation in recruiting circles for a time. I was very impressed with the limited film I saw of him before this game. He is a 2013 kid and could be an even more heavily recruited player than Bam Bradley, his teammate in the Trotwood secondary.
7 - Lovell Peterson - Another lineman that you probably were not paying attention to. He is a sophmore center from Wayne that is going to be the most heavily recruited center from Ohio since Nick Mangold. Very impressive for such a young player.
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