Best of the Midwest - Offensive Notes

The Best of the Midwest featured strong performances from guys on the offensive side of the ball, particularly at wide receiver and offensive line. There were also some young guys who stepped up to the forefront.

The wide receiver position was fairly loaded and the guys who came in with big names lived up to the hype.

Charlotte (NC) native Bo Hines is competitive, runs great routes, has excellent hands and clocked a 4.41 in the forty yard dash. It's easy to see why he's picking up offers.

The Gary West Side (Ind.) duo of Lonnie Johnson and Jon Vea' Johnson continue to impress at off-season events. Lonnie is long, fast and can get up and go get the football. Jon Vea' is a technician as a route runner. He's very quick, knows how to set up defenders and leaves a lot of defensive backs standing. He also has very sure hands.

Indianapolis Cathedral's Terry McLaurin is fast (4.43) and got behind the secondary a few times in 6 on 6. He's a playmaker and it's surprising he doesn't have any offers yet, but that should change. Other Indiana products who had good days at receiver included Elkhart Central (Ind.) junior Blake Faus, who isn't the biggest guy but runs excellent routes and has great hands. Jordan Hogue is a good athlete who is smooth and creates separation. Hamilton Southeastern's Cameron Polk has good size, ran solidly in the 40-yard dash and was tough for defensive backs to get physical with in the 1-1 portion.

We've seen Cleveland (Ohio) St. Ignatius receiver Michael Siragusa before and he has always been one of the most sure handed guys around. Monday was no different. Evergreen Park (Ill.) junior Jacquet McClendon is big, physical, has good hands and recently landed his first offer from North Dakota.

The Michigan contingent of Corey Lacanaria (Brother Rice), Avonte Maddox (King), and Sean Perry (Cass Tech) made life tough for defensive backs despite not being the biggest guys on the field, and all in somewhat different ways. Lacanaria is simply a playmaker. He runs routes very well an catches everything thrown his way. Maddox is a speedster who clocked in the 4.4s and had the best shuttle time of the day. Perry is very quick and has good change of direction, which allowed him to beat some of the top defensive backs in attendance.

At tight end, Westerville South's Darryl Long put the skills that have allowed him to earn several BCS offers on display. He's big and runs well for a guy of that size.

On the offensive line, there were several standout performances. Junior Berry and Kirk Barron are two guys we project as centers, who are technically sound, strong, and I don't remember seeing either lost a one on one rep. Neither have offers, partly because they don't look as tall and long physically as some of the guys who have offers already, but schools will find out what these guys can do soon.

Noah Domingue, a Canadian product, is another inside guy who had a great day. He's tough, physical, and a battler who buried guys on a couple of reps.

Ohio State commit Marcelys Jones had a very good day. He's strong, and drove guys nearly out of the drill on several reps. As he continues to get in better shape, he should continue to get even better.

Fishers (Ind.) junior Drew Broughton is yet another who projects inside who did very well. The kid is tough, very solid technically, and already has a UMass offer, but I can see others jumping on board.

Other seniors to be who had a nice days were Terre Haute (Ind.) North's Lucas Comer, Mishawaka (Ind.) Marian's Jacob Appleman, and Madison (Ky.) Southern's Clayton O'Neal.

The young guys really brought it. Westerville (Ohio) South's Rob Dowdy has a next level frame and competed well in 1-1s. Brownsburg (Ind.) sophomore Evan Mallory has great size and strength for a young guy and also had a good performance in 1-1s. Then there was freshman Drake Jackson from Lexington Catholic, a very impressive youngster who appears headed for a big time future.

The running back position also featured a good performance from a freshman, as South Lake (Mich.) youngster Martell Pettaway was very impressive with his strength during the blocking drills.

Three Indiana guys, Martayveus Carter (East Chicago), Adrian Smith (Warren Central) and Carrington Crutcher (Evansville Bosse), are names to watch. Mineral Ridge (Ohio) junior Devine Redding came in with an Indiana offer. He also did a nice job in the pass protection drill.

At the quarterback position, the youth movement continued, as the MVP was Fort Wayne Bishop Luers freshman Noah Wezensky.

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