I had the opportunity to check out four high schools in the Kansas City area recently during a team camp at Blue Springs High School.
The four high schools in attendance were Shawnee Mission West in Kansas, Winnetonka and Park Hill South in Missouri, and of course Blue Springs.
All four teams were able to scrimmage each other and get a lot of quality repetitions in, in preparation for the upcoming season.
Here's a look at the day's top performers.
DT Khalil Davis (Blue Springs HS): The Nebraska commit is a three-star prospect, and rated a bit lower than his twin brother Carlos, but he was the star of the show during the afternoon. Khalil isn't as gifted with the raw tools of Carlos, but still possesses great size, and makes up for it with his tenacity and motor.
He doesn't have the burst or explosion that Carlos does, but he plays harder than anyone on the field and chases plays down relentlessly.
DT Carlos Davis (Blue Springs HS): It's easy to see why he's the higher rated of the twin defensive tackles headed to Lincoln. He's a monster in the interior and his burst and explosion is unmatched. Carlos was flat-out unblockable in his limited action. He shouldered the load while he was in, taking on double-team after double-team.
On one play, Davis blew right between a double team and had a free shot on the quarterback at top speed. The signal caller would have been in extreme danger if it had been a full-contact practice.
TE Marcus Andrews (Blue Springs HS): The rising senior is a bit under the radar, and that may have a lot to do with his highly-touted teammates but had a very productive day. He is receiving interest on the recruiting trail but teams are waiting to evaluate a few of this season's games before making much of a move, after he went down with a broken ankle last year after playing only three games.
He certainly looks the part and is a force in the downhill running game as a blocker. Andrews also showed to be sure-handed making the most of every pass thrown his way. I believe he's someone to keep an eye on during his senior year.
S Djimon Colbert (Winnetonka HS): Only going to be a sophomore, Colbert has a chance to be a very special player and is already making an impact as a 2017 prospect right now. He played both sides of the ball during the afternoon, providing production from both the wide receiver and cornerback positions. All three squads stayed away from him in the passing game, as he locked up every opposing wideout. He doesn't have a wide receiver body but is dangerous enough to warrant getting the ball in his hands.
He is only going to get bigger and I believe he grows into a safety, but a very good one at that. Colbert is still a bit raw at his cover skills, and is more of a heavy-hitter with exceptional closing speed and athleticism. He will be recruited very heavily going forward and is nearing his first FBS offer already.
CB Dillon Thomas (Park Hill South HS): He's easily the top prospect on the Park Hill South roster and a player I'm very excited about in regards to his future. He's already 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, with a ton of length, and the most intriguing thing about Thomas is that he's only going to be a sophomore.
Like Colbert, Thomas played every snap of the day, at both receiver and cornerback. He's too talented and athletic to keep off the field on offense but he projects to be a highly-recruited cornerback. He's still young and can get quicker, and it will as he matures, but his technique at the position allows him to keep up with wideouts and has the flexibility in his hips to recover quickly.
WR Jake Springer (Park Hill South HS): Just like his teammate Dillon Thomas, Springer will also be just a sophomore this upcoming season. As he continues to grow into his body and develop, he can be quite a weapon offensively. The speed isn't up to par yet, but will come. He's just a good-looking athlete and very smooth in and out of his cuts. He was the top offensive weapon for Park Hill South before having to sit out with an ankle injury.
WR Isaiah Macklin (Shawnee Mission West HS): He will be a senior this upcoming season and the recruiting interest hasn't been what he's liked so far, and most of that has to do with his size. He's only 5-foot-9 and 170 pounds and has little room to grow out much further.
However, all Macklin continues to do is make plays. I've seen him four times in the last three weeks, and for what he lacks in size, he makes up for in production. I understand the concerns about size but he gets open consistently on offense and is sure-handed, and competes hard enough on defense where he makes the wideouts work for everything they get. I think a smaller FBS program would do just fine in taking a gamble on him.
Blue Springs Camp: Top Performers
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