After three days of summer camp not much is known about the direction of the Bearcats recruiting efforts. Each day brought some talent with Sunday being the key day for those who follow recruiting. While offers are just starting to go out we felt it was time to look back and give you our impressions of who shined and who flopped in front of the Bearcats coaching staff.
STOCK UP REPORT
ROBERT ROSE - DE/DT GLENVILLE HIGH SCHOOL - CLEVELAND (OH)
Robert Rose didn't disappoint when it came to one-on-one drills. He took on all-comers and defeated them at will. What sets him apart is his speed combined with great power. He gets on the hip of offensive linemen in a hurry and will be a force at the next level. At this time I look at Rose as a true defensive end but he could grow into a down lineman in the years to come.
RAY SMALL - WR/CB GLENVILLE HIGH SCHOOL - CLEVELAND (OH)
Ray Small also didn't disappoint with a great showing at UC camp. Has a great build and will be a big-time player in college no matter what side of the ball he's on. Small is built strong and looks thick but with a smooth presence. While he would be a force on the defensive side of the ball his skills with the ball in his hands should force any college to place him on offense.
ARVELL NELSON - QB GLENVILLE HIGH SCHOOL - CLEVELAND (OH)
I have seen almost all of the top quarterbacks in the state of Ohio and Arvell Nelson is going to be a great one in the years to come. Because of his athletic ability and potential growth I would rate him as the top QB in Ohio at this time. If he goes to the right program were talking NFL talent down the road. With height and athletic ability Nelson could also see some coaches look to move him to a receiver position if he doesn't workout at QB. While the Bearcats will enter camp with 7 quarterbacks, Nelson may be one they could go after if they chase one late in the process.
JOVANI CHAPPEL - CB TROTWOOD- MADISON HIGH SCHOOL - TROTWOOD (OH)
I've been watching Jovani Chappel for over two years now and nothing has changed my mind about his ability. While he doesn't have the height many are looking for he's got great skills and speed. Jovani is a national recruit and the type of player that makes a difference on the field. Of the field Jovani is a great kid who is having fun. **Video interview done from UC camp**
MARTIN CHANNELS - DT XENIA HIGH SCHOOL - XENIA (OH)
I've seen Martin Channels play in each of his varsity seasons at Xenia. While many list him at 6-1, he's more like 6-0 or even a little shorter. But don't worry the kid can play and proves it each time he takes the field to battle. Leverage is the name of the game for Martin and he knows how to use his body to take advantage of an offensive linemen's weakness. But the thing that really helps Martin is how he explodes off the line with a quick first step. Many coaches are going to look at his height but in the end he's just a top football player. **Video interview done from UC camp**
D.J. BURRIS - OL - KENTON HIGH SCHOOL - KENTON (OH)
I've been up in the air over Burris for several reasons. While Kenton has played at a high level for several years now, I've always looked at the system they ran to get there. Burris has been a key part of their success and I never knew what to do with him. Film can be misleading and I feel that is the case with D.J. Burris. What I saw at camp was a player who has a great base and great feet. While he will need some work with his hands (most high school OL always do) he's farther along then what I knew. Camps are going to be where this prospect shines and gets his offers.
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This is just the first look at the players who made a stop at the Bearcats summer camp.