NFTC Columbus: Offensive Recap

Mikel Horton

A look at who stood out offensively in Ohio on Saturday during the NIKE Football Training Camp at Ohio Dominican.

NOTE: This is the first run though of our notes, but after we watch the footage from the event over again, we will post additional notes.

Quarterbacks
Luke Del Rio was the MVP chosen by the camp and had a second straight good day. Working with coverage today, you could see more how the zip on his passes helps him fit some throws in that others can't. Shane Morris and Malik Zaire continued their strong performances over from the day before as well, and we thought Northwestern commit Matt Alviti had a very nice day as well. One lesser known prospect who made some nice passes, particularly down the field was Benet Academy (Ill.) rising senior Kevin Weller. Of the underclassmen, DeShone Kizer and Michael O'Connor both did well on Day Two. As a note, not every quarterback who participated the day before came back for the second day.

Running Backs
The MVP was Winfield (WV) class of 2013 prospect David Gaydosz, a quick, versatile back who does well in the passing game. A couple of 2014 guys did very well. Lakota East's Mikel Horton is a big back but caught the ball well and did very well in the pass protection drill as well. Lorenzo Collins from Farmington Hills Harrison (Mich.) is another young guy who did well in the pass pro. Hamilton Southeastern's Jamietrius Crockham is a fantastic athlete. He's long, lean and very smooth. He still has work to do as a receiver, but he's a good prospect. Devine Redding from Mineral Ridge (Ohio) and Jalen McIntyre of Indianapolis North Central (Ind.) are two other young guys who did well. McIntyre, a stocky kid is a good receiver who made some athletic diving catches.

Wide Receivers
We felt the guy who really emerged here was Csont'e York from Chandler Park (Mich.) He's a tall, lean kid with fantastic ball skills. He's effortless when it comes to adjusting to the ball in the air and making tough grabs that are high or not right on target. He's not a burner, but can create separation and gave a lot of the top DBs trouble. Devin Wilson from Montour (Pa.) had an excellent day. He's a kid with some speed and quickness and he made a few "wow" plays on the day.

Gary Brown of Westerville South (Ohio) was the receivers MVP and is another rising senior who is somewhat under the radar. He's not as tall as York, but he's a good route runner and caught everything thrown his way. Mykel Traylor-Bennett is a big, long kid who we think could be a safety at the next level as well.

Of the younger guys, Damon Webb from Cass Tech and Dominique Booth from Pike really stood out. Webb has gotten a little bigger and is still a smooth kid with great route running skills and fantastic hands. He understands how to play the position. Booth is lightning quick, fast, and also catches it very well. He was one of the more sudden and explosive guys at the camp. Speaking of explosion, that describes Thaddeus Snodgrass of Springfield (Ohio) perfectly. He has very quick feet and left guys standing still with his ability to cut and change direction. Neuqua Valley's Mike Dudek, who scored a top SPARQ rating is another quick, sure handed underclassman. Derek Kief from Cincinnati LaSalle is big and can go up and get it. He's on the raw side, but has a lot of potential.

At tight end, Michigan commit Khalid Hill had a nice day. He's a good route runner with great hands. Evan Jansen from Cincinnati Moeller is a nice sized kid who catches it well. Keith Towbridge, the Louisville commit is big, did very well as a blocker and should be a fine blocking tight end or potentially an offensive lineman.

Ohio State commit Jalin Marshall was as advertised. The 5-star prospect did quarterback and receiver and did well at both. He has great hands and ball skills for a kid who hasn't played receiver. His explosiveness and leaping ability are exception and he will do fine moving from quarterback to receiver or running back in college. He's a big time athlete.

Offensive Line
Michigan commit David Dawson was very strong winning MVP and having a good all around day. He has good technique, strength and beat a few of the top guys at the camp. Lovell Peterson of Huber Heights Wayne also had a great day. He's a technician at center and has good bend and strength.

Kyle Meadows (Lakota West, OH) and Skylar Lacy (Center Grove, IN) are two big framed tackles with BCS offers. Meadows is really lean and looks the part. He still has to get stronger, and is a work in progress, but his upside is there. Lacy is a big, tough kid who gets his hands on guys and mauls them. He's a right tackle that is going to get bigger, stronger, and be a good one. Like Meadows, he's not a finished product either.

Dwayne Brown from Indianapolis Warren Central had a really nice day. He's a strong kid and is a solid athlete for his size. We'd still like to see him drop some pounds, but he always performs really well when we see him. Another Indiana guy, Guerin Catholic guard Bama Powell had a good day. He's a strong, powerful kid who won a majority of his reps. Flint Powers (Mich.) has a good one in Vinnie Palazeti. He's a fiery, tough guy who gets after it. Likely a guard or possibly a center at the next level, he recently received his first offer and looks like he will be able to add more.

Michigan commit Logan Tuley-Tillman did not have his best day, but was battling a shoulder injury. He's gotten a lot bigger and I believe he'll be a right tackle and a power tackle at the next level.

Dave Berk, Bill Greene and Bob Lichtenfels all contributed notes and observations to this report.

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