Anthony Todd, a hulking 6-5 305 offensive lineman from Yorktown, verbally committed to Ball State back on May 27th.
Todd, who in the past has been the Tigers starting OT, has moved to center for the 2015 campaign, a move that more fits his style of play and his future in a Cardinal uniform. The massive center appears at first glance to be a proper eventual replacement for the "strong guard" position in the Ball State offense that is now being occupied by similarly large Jalen Schlachter (6-6 316) and was held before by current Indianapolis Colt Kitt O'Brien (6-6 325).
Todd showed some new stuff to me in person this time. In the past, on the edge, he struggled at times with speedy edge rushers, but was a more than adequate run blocker. In the middle, he can use his size to his advantage, manhandling the large Bearcat interior linemen (including a 305 pound NT) both in pass pro and on run plays. He is a quick and accurate snapper and is able to get his hands up quick and in position despite this being his first taste (that I know of) of playing center.
Todd doubled effectively and showed the ability to seek and destroy LBs on the second level. Yorktown, time and again, ran right up the gut behind the powerful Todd.
Other players of note
Not only did Todd impress on Friday night, but a trio of other players also made me take notice.
First off was fellow Tiger offensive lineman Shawn Llamas. I've seen Llamas in the past and he is always rock solid. At 6-3 295, he has the frame to be a solid offensive lineman at the next level. He too looks like he should slide inside to be the most effective. Llamas is also a solid run blocker, and is effective in pass pro as well. Look for him to start making a name for himself as his junior year moves on.
For Muncie Central, a pair of athletes caught my attention. First was Jr. QB Trenton Hatfield. THe 6-2 185 Hatfield is a solid athlete and has a solid arm. He was under duress most of the night and throwing on the run, which limited his accuracy and ability to survey the field. But when given time he can be very effective. Hatfield also was the victim of several dropped passes on the evening which effected his numbers and the game in general.
The other young stud for the Bearcats was Jr. RB Andre Wells. At 6-2 205, Wells is a tough, but fast runner. He excels at track as well and that shows when he gets into the open field. Even on a tough night, when the Yorktown defense was in clamp down mode, Wells still averaged over 10 yards a carry. Wells has the frame to get even bigger and could play at about 220 and still be an effective RB. He is tough in between the tackles, but excels the most in the open field.