With head coach Mark Bless welcoming the many college coaches in attendance, Avon High School looked to showcase the abilities of their football players during the annual College Day.
What players impressed Scout.com?
CLASS OF 2015
Joe Belden – Defensive LineBelden was one of two main attractions during the day and he didn't disappoint. Solid in all the drills while also showing his leadership role within the team, Belden is a player who has now announced he'll make his college decision on his birthday (May 18) between Indiana, Ball State and Miami Ohio. All three schools had coaches on the ground watching him in drills. Watched Belden during the Best of the Midwest Combine and liked what we saw. One concern when looking at his current body structure is how much more bulk can he add to his body.
Trevor Bernhardt – Offensive Line
Bernhardt was not listed on the Avon varsity or junior varsity roster and we soon asked why. At just under 6-foot-6 and 250-pounds, Bernhardt has the frame we like to see out of offensive linemen as he's got room to add bulk without losing his ability to bend and move. While Bernhardt passes the look test, we soon learned he's not played football at Avon in the past and this will be his first year if he follows through with the work he's been doing in the previous weeks. While raw in the drills, Bernhardt is a player college coaches should look to get in camp to see more of. During one-on-one drills, Bernhardt took reps as a defensive lineman. This is not his future if he decides to pursue a football career following high school and we would have loved to seen even a handful of reps as a tackle or guard.
Raushawn Brent – Defensive Line
Brent is a dark horse prospect as he's playing out of position for his physical size. Did drills as a defensive lineman and showed well, however, at 6-foot, 225-pounds, not sure he'll be able to turn heads at another position in camp. Good burst but looks to lack the overall speed we'd like to see if a move to another position happened.
Gabe Lakstins – Defensive Back / ReceiverLong and lanky prospect that showed well until suffering an injury to his elbow or arm area that forced him to leave the field and ended his workout. Watched in a few coverage drills and did a solid job defending against shorter receivers and had no problem keeping up with speed receivers. Camps could see him really open a few eyes and spark some interest especially from programs in the Mid American Conference.
Zach Ryan – Center / Guard
At 6-foot-2, 265-pounds, Ryan still has to add some bulk to his frame without losing the ability to bend. Liked what we saw in one-on-one drills as he set up in a good base and showed above average balance. Solid student who could be a surprise during summer camps if he works out as a center or guard.
David Schall – Was not at the College Day event because of track.
CLASS OF 2016
Brandon Peters – QuarterbackPeters had a solid day and will be a prospect colleges will work to get in their camps this summer. At 6-foot-4, 190-pounds, Peters has the physical size you like and did not disappoint with his arm strength. Showed solid throwing skills and had no problem throwing all the throws you want to see from a young signal caller.
Nick Shoemaker – Offensive Guard / CenterShoemaker is still a player developing his technique but showed the ability to set up in a solid base and keep his balance. Must be a player who plays inside but if he can continue to improve will have a chance to open a few eyes early this summer while using this fall to show if he's got the ability to take his game to the next level.