The Sound Mind, Sound Body camp once again brought some of the Midwest's best to the Detroit area.
On the O-Line, the underclassmen may have stolen the show a little bit. Midland's Steven Elmer has an impressive build at 6'6, 298-lbs and provided one of the day's highlights when he had a spirited battle with Michigan commitment Matt Godin, winning the rep with physical play. He has a lot of upside and he's beginning to use his strength in his punch and get more aggressive. Expect some more major offers soon on the heels of his Wisconsin one.
Right there with him was Cass Tech's David Dawson, who did not lose a rep all day. Dawson does not have Elmer's height, so he projects more inside or to right tackle, but he can move and has good technique. Another sophomore, Canton's Cameron Dillard looked much better in pass protection than he did at NIKE. He's been working on this part of his game and it showed. Warren Mott's youngster Harris Vrbak is another 2013 with some potential. He's 6'7, 315-lbs and got better as the day went on. Cass Tech's Aaron Sumner is yet another young lineman who did well in 1-1s.
The top rising senior lineman was Portage Central's Kyle Knapp. He's mobile, aggressive and did a good job in one on ones. He recently earned his first BCS offer, and more performances like this one and he'll have a few more. He's been very impressive the last few times out and is climbing the boards. He was one of the few to have any success against Notre Dame commit David Perkins. Another rising senior to watch is Muskegon's Ra'Male Roundtree, who did well in 1-1s and may be close to his first offer.
On the defensive line, Notre Dame commitment David Perkins was once again quick and athletic off the edge. He's very fluid, explosive and tough to contend with for offensive linemen. Godin only took a couple reps, but won the majority of them. He has gotten a little bigger since the last time we saw him. He's filling out well and really looks the part. Muskegon Heights' Evan Winston also had a nice day. He's a thicker kid who has good pass rush technique and a variety of moves in his repertoire. Cass Tech's Louis Palmer also had a good outing.
Of the younger guys, Jalen Dandridge from Crockett and Kenton Gibbs from Cass Tech were limited in their reps, but showed why their considered among their class' best at the position. Another one who fits in that group is Detroit Country Day's Poet Thomas, who is big and a solid athlete for his size.
The sleeper that emerged today? Detroit Consortium's Stephon Hall, a big, 6'4, 260-lb kid who did well rushing the passer in 1-1s, then went over to offense and was beating DBs up and down the field at that size. Offers are coming!
The three defensive backs that most agreed stood out today were Detroit Crockett's James White, Detroit Cass Tech's Ruben Lile and Michigan Collegiate's Gabe Sanders. Lile has BCS offers, but is about to get more. White may be getting BCS offers soon, and Sanders is a sleeper starting to emerge as a D1 prospect.
The quarterback who threw well today included Fort Wayne Bishop Luers' James Knapke, who nearly injured some kids with his bullets. Brian Blackburn from Crockett, and a youngster, Nate Bossory from Manchester.
At wide receiver, Tevin Washington, who is transferring up to Michigan from Virginia had an excellent day. He has good size and hands. Flint Northwestern's Michael Henry had a good day. He's very quick and smooth with good hands. Detroit Crockett's Tyree Monroe once again showed great route running ability and hands.
Southfield's Ron Thompson and Concord's Jason Spriggs were two tight ends who caught the eye of many. Brother Rice's Joey Warner was another who had a nice day.
We did not get to watch linebackers and running backs today, but will keep a close eye on them tomorrow. More in-depth reports will follow.