Madison Southern (Ky.) freshman Damien Harris is a phenom. He's very well built, looking like a college ready kid now. He's explosive and caught the ball very well. After seeing what he did on film, I was very impressed and today's showing in person checked out even further. He has the potential to be a very highly regarded national recruit. With several BCS offers already, some would say he already is.
Grand Rapids Christian (Mich.) class of 2014 wide receiver Drake Harris is an excellent basketball player who showed his football talents again today as well. He is a tall, lean receiver standing around 6'3. He's a glider. Very smooth, changes directions quickly and he has very natural ball skills. He adjusts to passes with ease and has great leaping ability. I wanted to see how he'd do against good competition and when people pressed him and he passed both tests. Still has to get stronger, but very talented.
Shaker Heights (Ohio) linebacker Joseph Henderson made interception after interception in 7 on 7s. I'd seen him before as a pass rusher, but he is really proving himself in coverage as well. I think he can grow into a SAM backer that can rush the passer in certain situations. His versatility in a 6'4 frame should bring in more offers as we move along.
Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway safety Montae Nicholson is a big kid who runs pretty well. In 1-1s he was good; not dominant, but good. In 7 on 7s, he really turned it on making several plays on the ball. He's a ballhawk. Some guys just have a knack for finding the football and he has it based on what I saw today.
Quarterback Shane Morris had a good day. He was on the money. The throw that stands out was a timing route on an out where the receiver broke and the ball drilled him in the facemask. Receivers struggled to catch his passes for most of today.
One guy who didn't struggle to catch them was Khalid Hill. The big tight end, as we've noted in the past, runs great routes and has great hands. He caught a few up the seam from Shane.
Logan Tuley-Tillman only worked out in the morning, but continues to show improvement from his Columbus NIKE Camp performance. He had a solid session.
- Three class of 2014 linemen to know: Zeeland West's Jordan Van Dort, Grand Rapids Christian's Tommy Doles and Traverse City West's Connor Hayes. All three are Division-1 prospects. Hayes is the only one with any offers right now. Van Dort, as a high school tight end, needs to just continue to work on adjusting to playing lineman at these camps. He'll still play tight end this year though. Doles continues to fill out more and grow into his body. He's lean right now, but well built and picked up the technique quickly. Certainly three young guys from Michigan who are on their way up.
- As for 2013 linemen, Detroit Country Day's Poet Thomas continues to adapt well to playing offensive lineman. I think he can go inside or outside. He's a work in progress, but you can't teach his size and I see him getting more aggressive and enjoying being on offense more and more. Alex Korhorn from Grand Rapids Christian is a tough, blue collar kind of lineman who plays guard in high school, but I could also see him working at center as well come college. I hear offers are coming soon.
- Grand Rapids Christian had another prospect do well, 6'5 tight end Zach Crouch, a 2013 kid who just received his first offer from Central Michigan. He's a great sized kid with good pass catching ability.
- At linebacker, other than Henderson, the guy to remember is Huber Heights Wayne's Dorian Hendrix, a young kid with a lot of ability who will clean quite a few offers over the next few years. Two other Ohio guys, Jerome Lane and Derrick Burgess had nice days too.
- The wide receivers were a good group. Corey Holmes tired out a little, but he's had a good camp week. I'd like to see him catch the ball a little more consistently but he's a fantastic route runner with good quickness and speed. Nolan Jackson-Daniel from Shaker Heights (Ohio) is another 2014 kid who did well. He's a nice sized kid with athleticism. He did not receive an offer from Michigan just yet, but he has some other offers right now. Muskegon's Marcus Smith continues to do well as did a couple of other smaller slot guys.
- In the running backs group, Chelsea's Berkley Edwards had a good day. He's a speed guy with good explosiveness and he's well put together. A young guy to watch is Romello Ross from Detroit Western, an outstanding freshman who is quick and can catch the ball. He's a future big time guy.
- Several other young guys came from Detroit. John Kelley, a 2015 corner from Oak Park who is making a lot of noise had a nice day. Two kids who are going to be freshmen this fall came and showed why high schools are battling over their services. One was 6'2 wide receiver Cedric Vance, definitely a guy to remember although it is early.
- The 2014 quarterbacks are interesting. Coleman Key, Tanner Sanders and others have had nice weeks. Then Chance Stewart and Tyler Wiegers showed up today and had nice days. Both are in-state guys, tall, accurate. Stewart just received a Wisconsin offer. I thought his passes looked like they had much more zip than when I saw him at this camp a year ago. He's really improved in that department. Wiegers doesn't have a huge arm, but is consistent, throws with good timing and anticipation and is a guy I think will improve a lot over this year too.