Adidas Invitational: Initial Impressions

Prospects came from as far as Georgia, Florida and Minnesota, and as close as Grand Rapids itself to Allendale, Michigan for today's Adidas Invitational. Here is a first look at who stood out.

There was a lot of talent on the field today and as we are able to go through the video and our notes, we will have more in-depth analysis this week, but here is a quick recap of the event.

Georgia Receiver Steals the Show

Alpharetta Chattahoochee (Ga.) junior receiver Collin Lisa made the "wow" plays today. His ball skills are great, as he can go high to grab passes and made a couple of tough catches look easy. He's quick footed and knows how to run routes. He was the guy who consistently had the camp buzzing with his spectacular grabs.

Spirited Line Battles

The offensive line-defensive line one on ones got even a little chippier and more physical than usual. There were several standout performances on both sides. East Ridge (Minn.) center J.C. Hassenauer had one of the best days, as he was not beaten and once again showed excellent technique, balance and strength. Canadian product Noah Domingue built upon a good Best of the Midwest performance with another good day. Heritage Christian (Ind.) junior Ethan McKenzie had a good day, as did Muskegon (Mich.) junior Malik King. On the defensive line, among the standouts were two sophomores: Cretin Derham Hall's Jashon Cornell and Detroit Cass Tech's Josh Alabi. We will have a full report on the linemen later this week.

Sleepers Emerge

A few guys who were sans offers or even interest stepped to the forefront. A few of them were Atlanta Westlake (Ga.) cornerback Terrence Montgomery, Farmington (Mich.) cornerback Curtis Brunson, and University of Detroit Jesuit's wide receiver Damon Wright.

The Usual Suspects

Of course, the in-state guys and the guys with some offers and hype lived up to the billing. Detroit Cass Tech's Ohio State commit Damon Webb, Southfield's Lawrence Marshall, Clarkston's Tim Cason, King's trio of Jalen Embry, Avonte Maddox and Carl Fuller, and Cass Tech sophomores Mike Weber and Jayru Campbell all did nice things throughout the camp.

Mr. Underrated

Underrated might be overused, but Fort Wayne (Ind.) Carroll safety-linebacker Drue Tranquill is the poster child. He has zero offers, but was one of the best players at this camp, just as he has been at several events. He's bit, but athletic enough to run and cover. He has great ball skills and made several impressive interceptions.

Scout will have much more on the camp in the coming days.


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