Midwest Elite Exposure Camp: Top Performers

Tyrone Wheatley Jr.

There was a lot of talent at the Midwest Elite Football Exposure Camp. The recruits came from far and wide to attend this annual camp by having 11 states represented. The camp was divided from linemen performing the first half of the day and the skilled positions in the second half.

Report by Mark McMullen and Brice Marich

Overall Top 5 Linemen Camp Performances:

1. Manlius (NY.) sophomore tight end/defensive end Tyrone Wheatley Jr.- Wheatley Jr. came in with offers from Michigan, Alabama, Penn State among a few others, and didn't disappoint. At 6-6, 240-pounds there wasn't anybody who could stop this train from running through. He only participated for the linemen section of the camp, but made sure his presence was felt. In the one on one drills, he used a combination of moves to beat the offensive linemen rather than just using his size. As all the coaches of the camp said along with everyone else was that he was just purely unstoppable.

2. Cass Technical (MI.) sophomore defensive end Joshua Alabi- The state champs came ready to compete and the main man was Alabi. The 6-4, 250-pound linemen showcased his agility and footwork, but also his strength and size in this camp setting. The bullrush he displayed was devastating to every offensive linemen in his way and the end result of the offensive linemen were that they ended up on their backs most of the time. It is no secret on way colleges are paying close attention to this stud linemen.

3. Sharon & Paul (WV.) junior defensive end Cornell Holt- The trip wasn't a short one from West Virginia to Michigan for Holt, but his goal was very clear and short to just dominate. Each station Holt performed in, coaches gave high reviews on his explosiveness and how violently he attacked the drill. As he drove through different bag-drills, coaches were screaming, “That’s violent. That’s what I like.” There is room to build and mold for colleges as he is at 6-3, 240-pounds with that being in excellent condition. Someone to watch to see if that stock rises his senior season and leads to some offers.

4. Bishop Donahue (WV.) sophomore defensive tackle Chase Padlow- Padlow wasn't a name coming in that many planned on watching, but after his performance today, there is a good chance they will take notice to him now. Being 6-3, 280-pounds, he is an ox and a load to handle with inside. His initial reaction to the ball is good and he uses his hands well early on in this stage. When it came down to the one on ones, he really put on a show and trucked through his competition.

5. Traverse City Central (MI.) sophomore offensive guard Seth Tice- Most early impressions of Tice when seeing him on the field is that he looks like a football player. That was very evident as the drills went along and finally the one on ones. The one on ones are a big challenge for offensive linemen by them not having any support and having to go when the defensive linemen goes, but Tice was up for the challenge. He featured good footwork and was able to stone wall defenders while not holding them. 

Honorable mention
-Northmont High School (OH.) junior defensive tackle Tevin Neilson

Overall Top 5 Skill Position Players:

1. Brother Rice (MI.) junior defensive back Chris Carter- While Carter might not be the biggest guy on the field with only being 5-10, 190 pounds, he still makes big-game plays. That was all he did on the field as he dazzled spectators with his speed and aggressive playmaking ability. Not one ball was completed on Carter and he even finished the one-on-ones with two interceptions. He looked the part of a lock down corner and even when receivers created a little separation, he made up with his recovery speed. The most memorable INT was a post route that was thrown to Carter who then looked back at the receiver as if to say that’s how it’s done.

2. Brother Rice (MI.) junior wide receiver Damaris Woods- Each station Woods was the standout and made them look easy. At 6-4, 195-pounds Woods has long strides and catches the ball with his hands and not his body. With his size and route running ability, it became apparent that he would be a hard match-up for any defensive back. He could be that tall reliable target coaches are looking for in a spread offense and could be a mismatch in the red zone with his leaping ability as well. After the combine, Woods mentioned that several colleges approached him to keep in touch with the talented receiver: Northern Michigan, Ferris State and Ohio Wesleyan. 

3. Utica (MI.) junior tight end Mitchell Von Zittwitz- Von Zittwitz was a player under the radar, but showed why he is someone to watch down the road. The 6-3, 220-pound physical blocker came to the camp to display the other side of his game, which is his nimble feet and hands that were like gloves. He knew how to get open and use his body to his advantage when taking on smaller defenders. 

4. Northview (MI.) sophomore tight end Blake Bockheim- There were tight ends galore with plenty of potential, but Bockheim seemed to really understand what he holds. The young 6-4, 220 pound tight end looked to play the part of a swish Army knife. He seemed to do it all in catching, giving a window for the quarterback to throw to and aggressive style of play. His body is still developing and growing, which makes him a very interesting prospect to watch.

5. Clarkston (MI.) sophomore tight end Cole Chewins- Chewins towered over the competition at 6-7 and being a lean 205 pounds. There were many problems he created in this camp setting with the smaller defenders, but was also very versatile playing on the outside as wide out or inside as a mammoth tight end. Keeping up with him was not easy and he made some tough catches in tight coverage.

Honorable mentions
-McEachern (GA.) sophomore defensive back Tyler Woodley

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