Camp Recap: Eastern Michigan

Chris Creighton held his first one-day camp as Eastern Michigan head coach over the weekend. Find out who stood out as top performers on the day here.

On Saturday, Eastern Michigan hosted 97 prospects for the first of its three one-day camps held at Rynearson Stadium. Head coach Chris Creighton, who is in his first year at the helm for the Eagles, created a competitive, spirited atmosphere for all present.

As far as the athletes in attendance are concerned, there were quite a few surprise performances from lesser-known players who impressed on the day.

At quarterback, Mona Shores senior Tyree Jackson led a strong group of passers on the day. Jackson, who checks in at 6'4" and 200 lbs., has continued to look sharp all offseason and added another strong showing at Eastern Michigan. Jackson displayed a strong arm and was generally accurate with his passes on the day. Schools such as Western Michigan, Toledo and Louisville are strongly pursuing him, and Buffalo has offered.

Clarkston (Mich.) senior D.J. Zezula was one of the camp's top performers after turning heads at Sound Mind Sound Body just two days prior. Zezula has been reported as possessing a strong arm, and the 6'2" quarterback left little doubt about his arm strength after camping at Eastern. Apart from the zip on his passes, Zezula threw the most consistent ball on the day and capped it off with an impressive 7-on-7 performance. He is a name to keep in mind as he continues to hit the camp circuit.

Sporting an offer from Akron at this juncture, Springboro (Oh.) product Elijah Cunningham is camping at various schools across the region in hopes of earning a few more. Cunningham was the most polished quarterback on the day at Eastern and had the best footwork of any at his position. He looks to be one of the top QB recruits in his region for the class of 2016.

Also a rising junior, Flint (Mich.) Northwerstern's Shamond Halbert had himself a quality outing. At 6'2", 215 lbs., Halbert has the size to play QB at the next level, and is quickly developing the skill set to compliment his measurables. Halbert's powerful arm stands out regarding his game, but his footwork and mechanics aren't far behind.

In the running back group, one prospect from Canada stole the show. Marcus Kentner out of W.F. Herman (On.) was the talk of the camp thanks to his speed and elusiveness. Kentner was explosive during position drills, but turned it up a notch and went undefeated during one-on-ones, winning rep after rep in exciting fashion. Kentner camped at Sound Mind Sound Body, but is very new to the camp scene and is yet to receive his first offer. That should change sooner rather than later once he receives a bit more exposure. Kentner will attend Western Michigan's satellite camp at Oak Park this Friday.

Running back Tony Isaac, out of Flint (Mich.) Powers Catholic, was also quite impressive on the day. Isaac looks the part of a collegiate halfback and he performed well during agility and position drills. Looking light on his feet, Isaac had sound footwork and quick burst, showing that he can hit the hole with authority. Isaac, who also plays defensive back for Powers, is a versatile prospect who could contribute in multiple capacities at the next level.

Seniors Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's Lance Bishop and Whitmore Lake (Mich.) prospect Devon Simmer had solid days at camp as well.

From the wide receiver group, Brother Rice senior DeLano Madison turned heads before even completing warm-ups. Madison showed his speed and explosiveness from the get-go before he cemented his status as the camp's fastest player later on. Madison was quick getting into his breaks and ran nice routes. He also made several nice plays during the seven-on-seven portion of the camp and was among the top wide-outs in attendance.

After Madison, Montrose (Mich.) Hill McCloy senior Tyrik Wicks was one of the more impressive prospects working out at wide receiver on the day. Wicks' athleticism is apparent as he looked quicker than most defensive backs he matched up with, creating generous separation on a number of his routes. His showed reliable hands during individual drills and one-on-ones earned his distinction as one of the top wide receivers at camp.

Coming to camp all the way from Pine-Richland High School in Gibsonia (Pa.), D'Ondre Gastion, had a very nice day as well. At 5'11", 180 lbs., Gastion has a long stride that he used to get behind defensive backs at camp. Gastion showed toughness and determination as he fought through press coverage before making catches away from his body. These qualities were among the reasons why Gastion stood out.

Findlay (Oh.) Liberty Benton senior Austin Combs, who checks in at 6'1" and 230 lbs., plays both running back and linebacker, but choose to workout on defense and was the clear-cut top player at his position. Combs looked instinctive during drills and displayed surprising mobility for his size. Combs is a sound tackler who uses good leverage at the point of attack. These qualities helped generate some buzz among the college coaches in attendance.

Also working out at linebacker, L'Anse Creuse (Mich.) product Jonathan Dunson was the top sophomore linebacker at camp. Dunson is a physically stout prospect who has the frame to support additional weight down the line. Dunson impressed with his speed and consistency during position drills, and looks to be a name to remember down the line.

Other linebackers who impressed include Pine Richland (Pa.) junior Connor Slomka and Muskegon (Mich.) Catholic junior Lamar Jordan III.

Ross Moore, from Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's, led the defensive back group at Eastern with his work at cornerback. Moore was among the quickest defensive backs in attendance and his athleticism paid off with several pass break-ups during one-on-ones. Moore has a good break on the ball and came away victorious on the majority of his reps.

The top class of 2016 defensive back at Eastern's camp from over the weekend was Chippewa Valley (Mich.) safety Karim Thomas. During one-on-ones, Thomas proved to be a pesky defender and forced his way between the receiver and quarterback before using his positioning to make a play on the football. His physicality appeared to be the strongest area of his game.

Two other defensive backs that displayed promising signs of development are Darius Wyatt from Flint (Mich.) Northwestern and Delan Wynn from Harrison (Mich.). Wyatt often used his long, rangy frame to break up passes and displayed good body control and ball skills. Wynn is a quicker prospect who looks more like a nickel corner at 5'10" and 160 lbs., but he held his own against several larger receivers on the day.

Offensive and defensive linemen worked out on a different field and were not available to be evaluated on the day.


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