Travion Mosby (Ashley Trieu / Scout)

Full Recap: Chicago Opening Regional

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- An in-depth look at the standouts from Sunday's NIKE Opening Regional in Illinois.

Note: The MVPs are not featured in this recap, to see those players, head here.

Top offensive performers

  - At quarterback, the Big Ten is going to be set at the position down the line here as Big Ten commits Theo Day (Michigan State), Jason Whittaker (Northwestern) and Ben Bryant (Wisconsin) were three of our top performers at the position. They all have the arms to make all the throws, are good athletes and were consistent throughout the day. 

Kaleb Eleby came from Missouri and had a good day throwing the ball. He has a couple offers including Iowa State. We felt like he was right there with the Big Ten commits. Detroit Central's El-Julian Jordan was also right there. He has a powerful arm, maybe the strongest of the entire group and is poised to continue adding to an offer list which has five schools on it.

Other rising senior quarterbacks who were in the top group included David McCullum from Waterford (Mich.) Mott, Christian Perez from East St. Louis (Ill.), Trey Lance from Marshall (Minn.), La'Darius Jefferson from Muskegon (Mich.), Will Levis from Middletown (Conn.), and Coran Taylor from Peoria (Ill.).

Lance and Jefferson are two guys who some schools see as athletes, but are continuing to look to prove that they are quarterbacks. Both had their moments throwing the ball on Sunday. Taylor, who committed to Illinois the day after is a kid we liked on film, but needs to continue to polish himself as a passer.

While they were outside the top group, Samson Evans and Bryce Jefferson are two other kids to note. Jefferson threw the ball well in the reps we saw and Evans, an athlete recruit, also continues to look to show that he can play quarterback at the next level.

There was a good group of younger quarterbacks. Some of the top 2019 arms were Max Duggan from Iowa, Sam Johnson from Michigan, and Nate Martens from Missouri.

 - In the running back group, Jarrell Anderson of East St. Louis (Ill.) and Green Bay (Wis.) Prebble's Henry Geil are two legitimate power-five prospects. Anderson showed good elusiveness and lateral agility while Geil, a very well-built prospect, continues his strong offseason by showing off a combination of strength and burst. Donovan Marshall from St. Louis (Mo.) Lutheran North had a good day in drills. Rashawn Allen from Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's is another rising senior back who had a good day.

The 2019 group was strong. Nathaniel Peat was one of the top testers on the day. The Columbia (Mo.) Rock Bridge prospect is a quick-footed, explosive prospect. By contrast, Detroit Cass Tech's Jaren Mangham is a bigger prospect, but he is also an excellent receiver who runs routes and catches the ball like a wide receiver.

As usual at this event, some sleepers emerged. Tariq Reid from Davison (Mich.) does not have any D1 offers yet, but we think he will get them. He has size, he showed more burst and elusiveness in this setting than his film shows, and he did well as a blocker. Two kids from Illinois, Fotis Kokosioulis and Kriston Davis are both somewhat smaller guys, but are very quick and elusive. Tyler Markray from Orchard Lake St. Mary's had some good reps on the day as well.

 

 - The wide receiver group was led by Rondale Moore who ran a 4.33 forty and was tough to stick with all day for DBs because of his explosiveness and suddenness. He has a grownig list of offers. Detroit Central's Jerodd Vines was outstanding as well. He ran great routes and made numerous big plays. He only has a Toledo offer right now but expect others to jjump in.  Northwestern commit Jacob Jefferson from Houston (Tex.) St. Pius X is an elusive, athletic receiver who had an excellent day. Tyrone Tracy is a high school running back and slot who catches the ball very well and looks headed for slot in college. Iowa is one of his top schools.

We really liked Oak Park (Ill.) Fenwick's Mike O'Laughlin, a taller kid with excellent ball skills but also some twitch and athleticism to go with that. Toledo commit Jayshon Jackson is another Illinois kid who had a nice day. He is explosive and elusive, just a natural playmaker. Justin Hall is a slot prospect who can cut on a dime and create separation with that change of direction.

2019 prospect Julian Barnett was outstanding on both sides of the ball. He is a high power-five guy at either receiver or defensive back and is starting to pile up the offers.

The St. Louis crew of Kyren WilliamsCameron Brown and Tyler Walton did very well. Brown was one of the top testers and used that speed to get deep. Walton and Williams are slot guys who are very quick and create a lot of separation.

Among the sleepers at receiver were Lansing (Mich.) Sexton's Cody Blankenburg, a smaller, but explosive playmaker, Chicago natives Arthur VealLeon Payne and Isaiah Morrison, and South Bend (Ind.) Adams' Eric Williams, who had a really strong performance. Some of the top testers at the position included Jack Hook from Texas and Wyatt Fischer from Ohio, neither of whom were super well known guys coming in, but put up big numbers. Xavier Wade who recently picked up his first D1 offer, had several good reps. Another sleeper who caught our eye was Latroy Harper.

Alec Pierce and Nick Calcagno were two kids from Chicago who are big receivers with good ball skills who may be looked at as flex tight end types.

Brevyn Spann-Ford is a legitimately sized kid who can run routes and has good ball skills. What will his best position in college be? That is a great question, but we are inclined to lean to tight end although some schools see defensive line as well.

The tight end group was very good. Charles Robinson was good catching the ball and in blocking drills. T.J. Ivy is a nice sized kid with athleticism. Matt Bjorson is a good athlete who runs good routes. Jackson Marcotte is a great sized prospect who caught the ball well. Charlie Mangieri is a Northwestern commit who showed good ball skills. Jake Papez had a nice day and did well in the blocking drills. A number of sleepers did well. Ben Subbert from Williamsburg (Iowa) was one, 2019 prospect Garrett Snodgrass from York (Neb.) was another one. Speaking of Nebaska, 2018 prospect Bryce Stai is a good sized kid who was noted as having some good reps. Coromontae Hamilton from Memphis Whitehaven is a 2019 kid who had some good reps.

Austin Watt, a tight end from Cincinnati Anderson was also very good and has a big frame.

- On the offensive line, Tyrone Sampson was a kid we thought was right there for the MVP award. Jalen Mayfield was another who was high on our list. The Grand Rapids Catholic Central product has been playing basketball and is adding weight still, but there was a chance he would not do well in this setting because of that, but he was athletic, rough and tough, and did very well and showed his upside.

A couple of other interior guys who had good days were recent Miami (OH) commit Andrew ToddZach Ross and Will FarniokJacob Smith, a BYU commit from Minnesota played inside and we could see him doing that in college. He had some very nice reps as did Luke Martin from Fishers (Ind.). Nick Boehm had a couple good reps against top guys.

At tackle, Antwan Reed showed his rawness and his upside and talent all in one. He has great tools and is coming along. He rebounded well from losing some early reps and finished strong.

In the 2019 class, Devontae Dobbs battled through a recent injury and had a solid day against some of the top defensive linemen. Indianapolis Warren Central's Justin Britt was a bit of a surprise. We knew he was a power-five guy, but we did not expect him to stick out against the older guys as much as he did. He had a very good day.

While they were not in the top group, we saw good reps out of Charlie Gross and Alexander Howie.

Top Defensive Performers

- On the defensive line, the final five included tackles Michael ThompsonIsaiah Lee and Dashaun Mallory. Thompson is a massive kid with a lot of upside. He still has refining to do and technical work to do, but he has tons of talent and had a nice showing. Mallory was one of the quickest defensive linemen there. He is very explosive off the ball. Lee is also very quick. Neither guy is a big big guy, but both are three-techs with twitch and skill.

At end, MVP Ronnie Perkins and Andre Carter were in the final five. Carter had a really nice day. He had to beat out some good ends to make that spot and he was consistent with winning reps.

John Waggoner is a high-level guy with a lot of offers. He has a big frame and burst to go with that. We did not see a ton of reps out of him, but he looked good in the ones we saw. Michigan commit Aidan Hutchinson was one of the tallest if not the tallest in the group, but can bend and explode as well and keeps getting stronger. We thought he had a good day.

Other ends who impressed included David Alston, a lean, athletic edge rusher who picked up a big offer from Nebraska on Monday, Daniel CarsonMalik Vann, 2019 prospect George Karlaftis and Gavin McCabe also had good, solid days. Marquis Burks, a converted linebacker, shows upside but also rawness with his hand down.

Other interior guys who stood out were Trevor TroutMinnesota commit Elijah Teague and Verdis Brown, a highly-ranked offensive lineman who moved over to defense and showed a lot of ability there. Jevon Henderson from Ohio had a good day. Fort Wayne Snider's Lawrence Johnson is a big bodied kid with power and strength.

Tierre Turner from Chicago Simeon was one of the top sleepers on the defensive line. He and Jack Van Dusseldorp from Iowa are both without any offers, but are guys who could get them in time. Eric Smith from Detroit Cass Tech and Tayvian Weary from St. Louis Vianney are two rising senior tackles who do not have offers, but found their way to the top group and won reps against top guys.

At linebacker, Ayodele Adeoye looked the part as a guy who has as many offers as he does. He got injured, but before that, he was very impressive. Austin France from Indiana is a long, skinny, but athletic kid who is going to fill out in college. He has a lot of upside. This was our first time seeing him in person and he impressed. Terrance Taylor is a kid who flashed over and over again because of length and athleticism.  Wisconsin commit C.J. Goetz flashed a couple times in coverage and broke up some passes. Deandre Square from Cass Tech showed off his athleticism and ability to run with backs. Iowa commit Dillon Doyle is one we thought had a good day. He was good in the pass rush drill. Jared Casey was one of the top 2019 kids we saw. He has the size and tools to play at a high level. He and a 2018 sleeper named Devin Drew are two bigger backers who may get looks as ends as well. Another rising senior who had a nice day was Hayden Bollinger who has a Syracuse offer. Cass Tech's Dyontae Johnson had good reps in the pass rush drills and 1-1 pass coverage.

In the defensive backfield, other than MVP Gregory Newsome and Opening invitees Kalon Gervin and Christian Morgan, we thought Houston Griffith was also outstanding. He is a high four-star and has a laundry list of top offers and looked the part. He has size and physicality on his side. 

D.J. Johnson is an athletically gifted cover man who still has some technical work to do, but is fluid and explosive. Tyrik Henderson is another quick corner with quite a few power-five offers who broke up passes on reps we saw.

Other top cover men were Chicago De La Salle's Byron Perkins who had several pass breakups and an interception. The same goes for Xavier Goldsmith who regularly challenged bigger receivers and won. Two others from Michigan, Robert Daniel and Wisconsin commit Reggie Pearson, got their hands on the ball several times. Derric Lee is a corner who we saw have several good 1-1 reps against top level receivers.

Zaire Barnes impressed in drills and 1-1s with his size and ability to move at that size. He is a strong safety prospect who can also cover as well as play in the box.

Among the top 2019s was Jalani Williams who used his length to knock away several passes. Roderick Heard from Michigan had a couple good reps as well including a juggling interception. Wynston Russell had several good reps at cornerback.

A sleeper who emerged who we liked was Kalamazoo Central's Darius Pruitt who has size, length, and had a nice pass breakup and interception in 1-1s. Josh Aune was a top tester who had a name as a receiver, but did well as a safety. Dwayne Thompson from Michigan only has one offer from Columbia, but has the toos to pick up more in the near future. Nehemiah Montague is a Minnesota kid who did not have big press clippigs coming in, but had a good day.

A 2020 prospect who battled and tested well was Andre Seldon Jr. who already has an early Kentucky offer and has the look of a top guy in a couple years.


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