Lew Nichols (Allen Trieu)

Scouting Report: Oak Park vs. Southfield

While some notable recruits sat out the Southfield-Oak Park contest, many outstanding talents did take part, and a few had big nights.

 - For Oak Park, top 100 junior Marquan McCall was out with an injury for Oak Park. Michigan commit Jaraymond Hall was injured in the 1st quarter and did not return. Southfield sophomore quarterback Sam Johnson was injured and sat out but is slated to return this week. Junior defensive end Andre Carter sat out while running back Eric McArn is out for the season.

 - The story of the night was Southfield sophomore running back Lew Nichols. He had a huge 2nd half, finishing with 265 yards total and two touchdowns. He ran hard all night. He is a north-south kid but shows elusiveness and speed as well. He's a solidly built kid for a sophomore and a high end talent with Akron and Central Michigan offers already.


 - Cincinnati commit Lorenzo McCaskill was very active. He made quite a few tackles and had a nice touchdown run as well. In camp, our concern was his lateral movement, but he looked much improved there on Friday night. He plays hard and fast and has a real nose for the football. Given his leaner frame, he is an outside guy at the next level, but said UC may play him as a ROVER as well.

 - I thought Southfield junior offensive lineman Eric Eldridge had a good showing. He is a BIG boy. I'd like to see him play at a lower weight, but he is strong, powerful, and plays with a mean streak.

 - Oak Park quarterback Dwan Mathis, a sophomore with quite a list of offers, had McCall and Hall both out, so he was dealing with pressure all night. A good athlete, he had to use it, and when given time, he showed his arm, but he spent a lot of the night scrambling around. He has great talent, though this was not necessarily the best game to get a great evaluation of him in. Iowa State and Cincinnati are among his offers and we hear Tennessee and Virginia recently made contact.


 - Freshman lineman Justin Rogers, who already has several offers, is an athletic prospect who already shows good technique for a kid that young. He has a big future. The same goes for freshman defensive back Enzo Jennings, a great sized kid who plays corner now but is likely a safety in college. Freshman defensive tackle Dondi Price was excellent. Very active and disruptive. The question on him is, how big will he get? Sophomore linebacker Marcus Ayers flashed a lot as well.

 - Knights senior defensive end Darius Lynaum is a long, lean edge guy who is raw but talented. He's getting late looks as the season rolls on, mostly from MAC and GLIAC schools.

 - Junior defensive back Robert Daniel played well. He is good in run support, physical, and was not tested much down the field, but did have one nice pass breakup.

 - Southfield junior wide receiver Brandon Gray is a tall, lean kid with excellent ball skills and catch radius. He needs to add some suddeness to his game and fill in more, but he has a great frame and hands.

 - Oak Park has a few seniors who are getting looks from schools still like 6-foot-3 wideout Robert Zanders, who has just returned from injury and running back Najee Trinity

 - Southfield senior Marquis Thorns had a good game. He is a smaller kid, but a great athlete who can play slot or corner and has a lot of schools looking his way. Junior receiver Matt Gilbert is a nice looking athlete who could play defensive back as well.

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