2014 Crete (IL) Monee LB Nyles Morgan was one of the most physically impressive linebackers in…
Detroit IMG 7 on 7 Day 1 Wrapup
Michigan quarterback commit Shane Morris was silky, smooth, precise, and every other complementary word that you can think of. Yes, Morris is really that good. He led his Maximum Exposure team to a 4-0 record on the day, and they would score on most of their scoring drives. He simple just found the open guy. He seems to have a knack of making a play whenever they needed a first down. If he ever had more than two incompletions in a row, we can't recall it. He also displayed his usual characteristics, a laser for arm, deep ball fades, his check down over the middle. One other thing that was displayed by Morris, he showed tremendous touch to find the guy over the middle—this may seem like an easy pass, but he would throw it just over the linebackers' reach and would land in the bread-basket of his receiver.
The latest Michigan commit WR Csont'e York played with Morris for the first time Saturday. While they have probably have tangoed before at a combine or two, York finally got to play with his future field general in Maize & Blue. York didn't have the same production as he did in the Nike Football Training Camp in Columbus, OH. But at 6-foot-2, 185-pounds, York showcased what may be his best asset, his ability to create extension in the corner of the end zone. All you have to do is throw it up and York will go up and get it. He did this a couple of times today, and he has no fear of whoever is checking him. However, York wasn't perfect on the day. He had some drops, but those are easily overlooked based on his big play potential. It should be interesting to watch him and Morris grow through the summer as a pass-catch duo.
Detroit Cass Tech cornerback Jourdan Lewis is a true cover corner. The Wolverine commit displayed those good hips and speed all afternoon on defense. Even if he gets beat, Lewis has the ability to recover and make a play on the ball. Lewis definitely has the talent to play wide receiver as well. He made a nice catch on deep ball from Morris. He also can make plays in space. Lewis most likely will play corner at Michigan, but his play-making ability is enticing on the offensive side of things as well.
Detroit Crockett tight end Khalid Hill made some plays today. He wasn't always the number one option, but when the ball was thrown his way he made the play. At 6-foot-3, 235-pounds, Hill is a big target with good hands. He is the safety valve in the Max Ex offense, but when the team needed a first down he is someone Morris looks to. Also, with his size, it make him a viable target in the red-zone.
Detroit Cass Tech has produced another cornerback prospect in sophomore (2014) Damon Webb. At, 6-foot, 180-pounds, Webb is an up and coming player to watch. He was matched up against wide receiver Laquon Treadwell today, and had his moments versus the four-star receiver. Webb isn't sure what side of the ball he will play in college, but displayed cover corner skills versus Treadwell. His size and ability to stay with receivers makes him a very intriguing prospect.
Treadwell, Core 6 Play With Purpose
When Core 6 walked onto the field Saturday morning at the Detroit IMG 7 on 7 at Avondale High School, the talented group of athletes certainly passed the look test. Lead by 2013 WR Laquon Treadwell, Core 6 came out ready to play, despite the light rain, starting with a long touchdown pass to the corner of the end zone for Treadwell to gobble up. This would become a theme for the day as Treadwell caught nearly everything thrown his way. In the second game of the day for Core 6, the men from Illinois matched up with Maximum Exposure, and both were looking to make a statement. Treadwell was receiving plenty of press coverage from 2014 CB Damon Webb who wasn't afraid of the challenge, but it was Treadwell that got the best of the contest, snatching ball after ball out of the air and keeping Core 6 in the game. Treadwell had his "A game" on display Saturday, showing nice route running, speed, and the ability to go get the football. Several teams shaded coverage in Treadwell's direction but time and time again the 6'3 wide out made the play not many other receivers can. Although Max Ex ended up hanging on to beat Core 6 in their game, Treadwell told GBW afterwards that he thinks they can bounce back in a rematch tomorrow (Sunday) morning.
On defense for Core 6, two 2014 linebackers were extremely impressive, Clifton Garrett and Nyles Morgan.
-- Garrett, at 6'2 and 215 pounds, is a physically gifted linebacker that makes it hard to believe is just a sophomore in high school. Garrett is spending a lot of time trying to improve his ability in pass coverage, specifically reaching the proper depth from his linebacker position. Garrett told GBW he runs a 4.6, 40 yard dash, which he shows off covering running backs time and time again out of the backfield.
-- Nyles Morgan, paired right next to Garrett in the middle of the defense, has tremendous instincts for a young linebacker. Admittedly a work in progress in pass coverage, Morgan showed nice sideline to sideline speed chasing down crossing patterns throughout the day. At 6'3, 220 pounds Morgan is a perfect balance between size and athleticism, with a nice burst when closing on a receiver. Morgan had several pass break ups and did a nice job of reading the quarterbacks' eyes without getting fooled.
2014 Hamilton Southeastern (IN) RB Jametrius Crockham is a well put-together athlete with great versatility as an offensive player. Although a running back for his high school team, Crockham was primarily at wide receiver Saturday morning, routinely and effortlessly going up high for jump balls in the end zone. At 6'2 and a solid 200 pounds at least, Crockham might out grow the running back position but was as impressive as almost anyone else out on the field.
Super recruiter Shane Morris has a wonderful relationship with 2013 linebacker Jaylon Smith, and the two were talking it up in between games Saturday. GBW looked into the possibility of Smith opening up to Michigan again after losing out on E.J. Levenberry, but the Scout.com five star said at this point the Wolverines ship has sailed—partly because of the talented linebackers already on the way to Ann Arbor.
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