One of the top performers on the offensive line wasn't even an offensive lineman by trade. Morris (Ill.) Community's Danny Friend came in as a tight end, but was brought over to the offensive line and did very very well in one on ones. He's 250 now, but is going to get much bigger, is already strong and has surprisingly good technique for a guy who hasn't played the position. He has great feet and we'd be surprised if more offers didn't come his way.
The young guys represented well. Chicago De La Salle's Jamarco Jones can bend, move, and is an all around great athlete. He left with a Michigan State offer. Traverse City West's Connor Hayes is an interior guy with a good base, good strength and solid technique. He already has a couple offers and should add more. Brian Allen, who holds an MSU offer and has an older brother there is not the biggest guy, but he's strong, plays with great balance and leverage and won his share of 1-1 battles. Other underclassmen who did well include J.B. Butler (Joliet Catholic Academy), Curtis Doyle (Alma) and Bearooz Yacoobi (Dearborn).
Of the seniors, a few guys really stepped their game up today. South Bend Clay's Shakir Carr had a nice day. He's a nice sized kid with some athleticism and good strength already. He played some tackle and got beat by speed rushers, which is part of the reason we think he'll be an interior guy, but a good one.
Romeo's Austin Doan does not have an offer yet, but after his performance today, we think he'll start to receive more interest. Ohio products Peter Cvijanovic and Carson Baker along with Michigan prospects Jalen Thomas and Clark Clancy were other 2013 kids who had nice days.
Julian High came out and did not disappoint. Demetrius Cooper was the top performer as his speed rush, agility and ability to dip his shoulder won him every 1-1 rep he took. He's a pass rusher extraordinaire. Teammate Kahari Bailey also did well. He beat guys inside with his feet and can bring the heat off the edge as well.
Nile Sykes is an explosive 2014 kid who gets off the ball quickly, and wins with a speed rush. He has to improve when guys get their hands on him. That will come, but his outside rush right now is formidable.
Portage Central's Nate Jeppesen is a tough interior guy who plays with good leverage and has a nice spin move. He also went over to offense and did well in 1-1s. Two Ohio kids to watch are Patrick Dougherty of Aurora, and long armed, athletic D.J. Smoot. Another 2013 kid who had a nice day was Mukwonago (Wisc.) Nate Tanguay. Erie McDowell (Pa.) 2013 product James Connor also did well.
A pair of Grand Blanc kids came down. Daniel Davis' day was cut short by injury though. Luke Maclean, as we've come to expect, did well in testing, running a 4.7.
Sleepers? There were some. Hamtramck's Cortez Tipton is a long, athletic kid who needs to add weight, but is tough to deal with as an edge rusher. David Curle, Shannon Smith, and Josh Schipper are all short, stocky tackles. Schipper in particular had a really good day and is a kid who may have put himself on the map a little bit.
In the underclassman ranks, two defensive tackles to watch are Daniel Cage and Jake Khoury. Cage is another shorter kid, but he has a motor, gets off the ball quickly and has good strength. Khoury is a kid that does a good job using his hands and has good change of direction.