Offensive Notes: Michigan State One-Day

Michigan State hosted an impressive group of players on Sunday. Scout was on hand. Here is a look at who some of the top performers were.


Michigan State commit Chris Durkin (Youngstown Ursuline, Ohio) lead the way. We have seen Durkin a lot this off-season and the same things stood out on Sunday that have always stood out: his size, and powerful arm that allows him to make all the throws. However, we're seeing him grow and develop and he made a couple great timing throws that show his development. HIs touch and placement were good and he's continuing to polish his game.

The young quarterback talent at the camp was impressive. Brother Rice (Mich.) class of 2015 product Alex Malzone was just coming off baseball season, but he still threw it well. The ball naturally comes out of his hand with good velocity. He can make all the throws and is a nice sized kid. Having not been the full time starter, this season will be important for him, but all the talent is there.

There were two rising freshmen, kids who are just finishing middle school, who have already made headlines. Lindell Stone already holds a UCLA offer and continues to show arm talent and accuracy beyond his years. Massillon Washington (Ohio) product Danny Clark is already 6'3, nearly 200-pounds and seeing the pace he throws with, has an obvious chance to be a national type recruit. With kids this young, it is all about how they develop and work the next four years, but both have them are very talented and ahead of the curve.

Lansing Catholic (Mich.) has a class of 2016 prospect in Tony Poljan who has excellent size already at 6'7, 205-pounds. He is certainly one to watch. A rising senior who was getting the attention of a lot of schools is Ames (Iowa) product Sam Straub, who threw well and has good size as well at 6'3, 200-pounds. Two class of 2015 kids to remember are Muskegon (Mich.) Mona Shores' Tyree Jackson and Oak Lawn (Ill.) Richards' Hasan Muhammad.

Running Back

Chicago St. Rita's Tommy Mister came in holding a Michigan State offer already. A high school quarterback, he is embracing the running back position and he's been in the weight room and is looking more and more like a running back every day. He's a good athlete who catches the ball well out of the backfield.

Fellow Illinois product Jarvion Franklin is a big, physically imposing back with a couple of offers. Other rising seniors who caught our eye include Toledo Central Catholic's Paul Moses and Certin Derham Hall's Blake Banham. Marion Harding (Ohio) rising senior back L.J. Scott is a nice sized kid who had a good day as well.

A few in-state kids who will be seniors showed that they are kids to watch. Clarkston's Ian Eriksen holds an Eastern Michigan offer, John Glenn's multi-talented Devon Spaudling, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep's Jermaih Johnson and Mount Pleasant's Michael Tweh.

Of the underclassmen, the most impressive was Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward's Andrew Dowell, who earned a Toledo offer and should have many more by the time it's all said and done.

Wide Receiver

Harvey Thornton (Ill.) rising senior Jauan Wesley is quick and used his change of direction to beat a couple guys on double moves. He can get deep and make plays downfield. He's not a big kid, but he's skilled.

Brother Rice (Mich.) class of 2014 prospect Damaris Woods has great size and hands and showed that he's an offer worthy kid. He's still waiting for his first, but they should eventually come. Derich Weiland from Toledo Central Catholic is not a physically imposing kid, but he's playmaker who made a few "wow" type catches. Asantay Brown from Muskegon Mona Shores had a very nice day and showed he may be worthy of more offers. Brandon Walker from Flint Carman Ainsworth has good quickness and made a couple of nice plays. Massillon Washington's Marcus Whitfield has quite a few offers. He's a nice athlete, but did struggle at times with press coverage.

The underclassmen to watch are David Dowell from Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward and Hunter Rison. of Basha (Az.). Dowell, who is very athletic and has sure hands, walked away with his first offer from Toledo. Chandler Park (Mich.) rising sophomore Jalen Martin is a long kid who will get bigger and has an Eastern Michigan offer already.

At tight end, Spartan commit Matt Sokol is a good sized kid who is only going to fill out and has a lot of athletic ability and raw pass catching skill. David Walker of Harbor Springs, who ended up committing to Western Michigan, is a good athlete who could do a lot of things for an offense at the next level. Blake Williams of Romeo (Mich.) caught the ball well. Ryan Bee of Hillsdale (Ohio) has the type of frame you like in the position, as does Allen Park (Mich.) product Jake Barann. Utica (Mich.) product Mitch Von Zittwitz, Grand Rapids West Catholic's Mitch Stanitzek and Highland (Ky.) prospect Nick True are other rising seniors who are D1 kids. The underclassman to watch is Clarkston (Mich.) rising junior Cole Chewins, who has to fill out yet, but has some tools.

Offensive Line

Berrien Springs (Mich.) senior to be Nick Padla continues to show his potential, earning offers from Toledo and Bowling Green. He has a nice frame, can bend and is a tough kid who battles. He needs to get stronger and improve his technique, but the parts are coming together.

Brookfield (Wisc.) Central's Luke Rasmussen has a nice, long frame and had a good showing in one on ones. He also needs to add weight and strength but is off to a good start. Given the lack of tackle bodies in the Midwest, he could continue to add to his offer list.

A few in-state class of 2014 members had nice days. Hudsonville's Evan Akins still needs technical work, but has improved since we last saw him and had good results in 1-1s. Fruitport's Chris Hendricks played both offensive and defensive line. He had a little better showing on defense, but showed his potential for the next level. Dewitt''s Chris Bukoski is a kid who could be in line for his first offer and Portage Northern's Austin Labus, who has a couple offers, is a nice sized kid. Avon Lake (Ohio) senior to be Walter Rauterkus was solid throughout the day.

Of the young guys, Clarkston (Mich.) 2015 center Adam Matich picked up his first offer from Miami (Ohio) after showing his toughness and grit. East Kentwood (Mich.) rising junior guard John Keenoy and Oak Creek's 2015 lineman Nathan Veloz are two other young guys to watch.

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