Many of the quarterbacks who attended the morning's Elite 11 Regional came to NFTC. Check out that recap here. A couple who did not attend the morning session gave us a chance to see them in the afternoon. Billy Bahl, Brett Gasiorowski and Cole Kotopka are all from Illinois and all big, classic looking signal callers. They all threw it well despite the windy conditions. Between the three, they have zero FBS offers, but we believe they are all capable of playing at that level. Wyandotte (Mich.) Roosevelt's Donovan Stewart came only for the afternoon. He's a nice sized kid with a smooth release. Missouri's four-star commit Drew Lock won MVP and earned an invite to The Opening.
Running back MVP Kentrail Moran.
The home-state contingent did not disappoint. Leon Thornton, who won MVP, was very impressive. He has quick feet and great burst as a route runner and made a few tough grabs down the field. He will occasionally let an easy one get away from him, but he has all the tools to be a really good college player. As he has done at every event we've seen him at, Flynn Nagel was very tough to cover. He is not only quick and explosive, but runs his routes hard and has excellent ball skills. Miles Boykin is also a tough cover because of his size, but he also runs very well for bigger kid. He knows how to use his frame as well. Coming off of basketball, Cameron Green admitted he has not done much with football recently, but he looked good to us. He's a nice sized kid with good hands and concentration.
One senior-to-be who helped himself was Roseville (Minn.) High's Jesper Horsted, who has great hands and made a few "wow" catches. Carmel (Ind.) has a fast, athletic prospect in Isaac James, who put up the top SPARQ score. Alabama native Deondre Douglas was impressive. He has good size and can go up high to get the ball, but also ran right by a few would-be defenders. Detroit (Mich.) Mumford's Deshawn Foster is another 2015 class member who does not have any offers yet but is worthy of offer consideration.
In the younger classes, long, athletic Donnie Corley and the very smooth Emmanuel Rugamba lead the 2016 class. We also liked Belleville (Ill.) Althoff Catholic's Keenan Young, Ramaud Bowman and Chaska (Minn.) product Sean Engel. In the 2017 class, Chicago (Ill.) Brother Rice's Ricky Smalling and New Lenox (Ill.) Providence Catholic's Martez Malone have a chance to be among the best in the Midwest.
At tight end juniors Caleb Reams and Nate Vejvoda and sophomore Noah Turner, all from Illinois lead the way. Reams is an H-back type with excellent hands and ball skills. Turner is a big bodied kid who is strong but also a good athlete for his size.
Offensive line MVP Kyonta Stallworth.
Jack Shutack (Nazareth Academy, Ill.) is a nice sized kid who did well against one of the nation's top defensive linemen, Jashon Cornell. Sacred Heart Griffin (Ill.) tackle Quinn Oseland, who has several major offers, is a big kid who looks like a future right tackle.
We really liked Urbandale (Ia.) sophomore Jake Heinrich on film and he performed well in person as well. He can bend, has good feet and a good base and is violent with his hands. Lake Forest (Ill.) Academy's Thomas Schaffer is a sophomore with a big frame who was playing defensive line but we like him as a future offensive tackle prospect.
Oswego (Ill.) senior to be Erik Mikkelson is a blue-collar type interior prospect who doesn't have a ton of press clippings, but had a solid day. Peyton Truitt, massive DeAndre Ford and John Kilcommons are three other juniors to keep an eye on. Truitt already has an offer from Ball State and is continuing to improve his technique. He's a high effort kid as well. Kilcommons is undersized, but a tough battler who had his share of success in 1-1s. Center Michael Owens of Nazareth had a very solid day as well.