With over 400 prospects in attendance Sunday and close to 150 on Saturday, Bearcat Insider tried to see as may prospects as possible. Here is what we caught during the past two days.
The talk of the day was linebacker Bryce Jenkinson and it didn't talk long for the other prospects to start talking among themselves as the Greenville product posted a 40-inch vertical jump before camp even got started. The rest of the day was just as impressive with one of the best forty times of the first three camps and a very good shuttle time. Before Sunday was over, Jenkinson held an offer from the Bearcats.
The always important position to talk about is quarterback and Bearcat Insider saw two that caught our attention the past two days.
Highlands (Ky.) quarterback Beau Hoge may be the son of a former NFL player, however, his performance on Saturday night caught our attention as he was by far the best quarterback in attendance. Hoge, who stands around 6-foot tall and 200-pounds, showed well during testing especially in the shuttle and was very strong throwing the ball showing a quick release and solid mechanics in his drop and delivery with a ball that had good velocity and a tight spiral.
Aaron Banks (Brebeuf HS – Indianapolis) came on Sunday and measured in around 6-foot-3 and 200-pounds, Banks is a name to watch going forward. He showed well in the testing part as well as throwing the football when we caught him in action.
Looking for those who protect the quarterback may have the Bearcats coaching staff scratching their head. While we found a couple of guys to watch, no one really jumped out as a clear cut prospect of high value.
Local product Nolan Ulizio (Lakota West) is a player we caught in an earlier camp and felt he'll be a prospect to garner at least MAC consideration, Saturday night, Ulizio had an even better day and is a kid who should find a taker before the process ends for the Class of 2015.
Will it be the Bearcats?
Right now I would say he's on the board but way down the board.
Springfield (Ill.) Sacred Heart Griffin offensive lineman Michael Zeigler is a guy some will over look. However, after watching his film and seeing him on Saturday night, he's a guy who in a few years could be a solid college offensive lineman. There is work to be done as Zeigler is only 224-pounds and around 6-foot-3, however, we liked how he performed during drills as he gets a solid base and understands how to use his hands.
Thayer Munford is a young prospect from La Salle High School that has yet to show his skill set on the field. While Munford must drop weight off his 343-pound frame, he showed better than average feet during drills. There is time for Munford to turn things around if he puts in the hard work and we'll see how much he does between now and the season.
Centerville (Ohio) prospect Zach Balsinger missed the majority of last season with an injury, now healthy, the 6-foot-3, 256-pound offensive lineman is a player we expect MAC schools to take hard looks at in the coming weeks as he bends well and has a frame that can add more weight without losing athletic ability.
Kyle Schrank of Fishers (Ind.) Hamilton Southeastern High School is a player who came to UC as a tight end but projects higher as an offensive lineman. While some might use him as a tight end, I see a prospect with the frame to become a top guard or center in college. Reminds me of former UC lineman Jason Kelce.
As for the defensive line, Sunday gave us Madeira defensive tackle Nicholas Gelhaus who was very impressive in drills. A wrestler, Gelhaus bends well and has a thick frame at 263-pounds. He may not be as tall as some would like, but he can get the job done and should become a player of interest coming out of the area.
Over the past several years it has been the practice of groups to attend camps across the country. UC has already seen a solid core of group campers and we'll talk about each hear.
UC fans should give a big shout to Northwest High School as they brought several of their players to camp on Sunday. Why more teams don't use the resources of having a college camp in their own backyard more often always surprises me. Not only did the Bearcats get a chance to see a few of their top players, coaches from the many smaller schools also got a chance to see players with the ability to play at their level.
Saturday night a group came down from Cleveland and Sunday saw a group called Mid Ohio bring 15 players from the center part of the state.
A young player to keep in mind is Jamestown (Ohio) Greeneview class of 2017 tight end Ethan Bradds. The small school standout comes from an athletic family as his brother, father and grandfather all played college basketball. Standing about 6-foot-4, 215-pounds, Bradds showed solid hands during work with the quarterbacks and was fluid in his movement. There is a chance he could grow into an offensive lineman, but it would not surprise us if he stayed at tight end.