Adidas Invitational: Linemen Recap

Today's Adidas Invitational in Ann Arbor had talent from all levels, years, and several different states. Here are the big men who impressed.

On the offensive line, Michigan commit David Dawson had a nice day. He has good footwork and gets his hands on guys and finishes them when he does that. Some speed rushers gave him some trouble, but because he projects more to guard in college, that is not as much of a concern with him. Those guys were also around 205-210-lbs, so they should have won with speed. All in all, Dawson had an impressive day.

Fellow Cass Tech teammates Dennis Finley and Aaron Sumner are good prospects. Finley is a big kid with potential. He didn't get many reps in 1-1s today though. Sumner got a little taller since I last saw him and he's a strong kid who does well when he gets his hands on guys.

Villanova College (Canada) offensive tackle Trey Rutherford had a good day. He has a nice frame and produced good results in 1-1s. Detroit Crockett's Jalen Dandridge is a tough interior guy who is stout and powerful.

Alma (Mich.) class of 2014 prospect Curtis Doyle is a nice sized kid who did a good job in 1-1s and had a solid run in the 40s. He is a good young prospect who should receive more looks this summer. He just transferred from Breckenridge. Yale (Mich.) High has another young offensive lineman in sophomore Derek Brown. He's going to be an inside guy because he's not quite as long as Doyle, but he's strong and tough. Detroit Loyola has a 2014 offensive lineman in KaJohn Armstrong who is 6'5, 275-lbs and had some nice results in 1-1s.

Defensively, Joe Mathis came all the way from California. He has a good build. He's thick in the lower body, gets off the ball well and he plays hard. It was nice to see a guy with his offers and hype come and compete.

Another prospect who has gotten a lot of hype is Detroit Loyola sophomore Malik McDowell. His coaches tell me he's now up to 275-lbs at 6'6 and he moves impressively for a kid of that size. He may end up inside because of his growth potential, but he's certainly athletic enough to play end.

Detroit Cass Tech's Kenton Gibbs always does well when we see him and today was not an exception. He is very quick and agile and he makes it look very easy. The offensive linemen barely got a hand on him on a lot of reps.

Detroit Country Day's Poet Thomas is a big kid who holds several offers. I think he still can go either way as far as position, but seems intent on staying on defense at the next level.

Grand Blanc's Luke Maclean had a very nice day too. He usually does linebacker at camps, but he rushed the passer today and won every rep he took. He ran a 4.71 forty and a 4.3 shuttle and used a quick spin move and outside speed rush to get by offensive linemen. This is one kid I feel confident in saying that his talent doesn't necessarily match his offer list.

Chicago Robeson's Johnny Daniels is a kid to watch. He's 6'5, 240-lbs and is a solid athlete with a great frame. He recently received his first offer from Northern Illinois, but he's still under the radar. Simeon's Reggie Spearman, a linebacker by trade, always does pass rush drills at these camps and his speed and quickness off the ball is tough for offensive linemen to deal with. Teammate Devante Lee is long and has potential. He just has to continue to get stronger and get coached up.

Watch out for Saginaw's Leonard Mushatt. He's under the radar, but has good size and was tough to handle in 1-1s because of pure aggression and strength. South Lake's Jordan Culver is a 6'3 defensive end with good athleticism and a frame that can still be filled out. A young guy to watch is Traverse City St. Francis' Jake Khoury, a thick, strong wrestler who could be a college nose.

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