To start off the Illinois satellite camp at Lincoln-Way East Saturday every one of the nearly three-hundred athletes that attended went through several skill tests, including the 40-yard dash.
Some of the top times in the 40-yard dash were Andrew High running back Jarvion Franklin who ran a 4.57 on his second attempt, Kankakee's 2015 RB Dyrrah Christian who ran a 4.51, 2014 Bishop Macnamara DE Robbie Odeneal who turned in a 4.46, Lincoln-Way North freshman quarterback Zach Vargas with a 4.52, and Carl Sandburg High 2014 DL Michael Howard who recorded a 4.55.
When the athletes moved to the position work, there were several prospects that had good performances, most notably Montini Catholic linebacker Nile Sykes and previously mentioned Tinley Park Andrew runningback Jarvion Franklin. In the best vs. best 1-on-1 reps at the end of camp, the two of them faced each other in the first rep. Sykes provided good open field coverage of a deep route from Franklin, who made a diving catch in the endzone to end the rep.
Several teams were well represented at the camp as well, including defending 6A State Champions Crete-Monee, Catholic league power Marist High and recent 8A champion Bolingbrook High. ?
A prospect from each that didn't camp was notable, Crete-Monee four-star linebacker Nyles Morgan came to watch his teammates and stayed the entire camp -- even helping me evaluate some talent. Morgan's latest offers are from Alabama, Maryland, and Virginia Tech. Marist tight end Nic Weishar also came out to support his teammates camping, the Notre Dame commit watched from the stands for part of the camp. Also, Bolingbrook 2015 defensive end Micah Dew-Treadway wasn't able to participate because of an ankle injury but was one of the most imposing prospects on the field. Dew-Treadway has an offer from Mississippi State.
Another prospect from Marist that had a good day was 2015 wide receiver Flynn Nagel. Nagel is known for his speed, and although he didn't run the 40-test, he did show off plenty of speed throughout the position drills and individual sessions. Nagel also took reps during the best on best at the end of the camp, showing off a nice juke move and quickly getting open to make a nice catch.
Also of note, there were several young quarterbacks that stole the show on the day, including Oswego 2016 prospect Steven Frank, St. Francis 2016 Justin Berry, and Urbana Champaign 2016 signal caller Alex Beckman. All three were on the money during Saturday's session.