Jack Carman (Allen Trieu / Scout)

Recap: Cleveland Opening Regional Top Linemen

BEREA, Ohio -- There was a lot of talent at the linemen position. Here are Scout's notes on the many linemen who impressed.


The highest rated guy in attendance was Fairfield (Ohio)'s Jack Carman. He surprised us by measuring at over 340 pounds and still being able to bend and move at that weight. He is a fine athlete with strength and flexibility. He told Scout's Bill Greene he will look to play the season at 315, which is a good playing weight for him. He is a high-level prospect who has the feet and athleticism to play tackle but could also be an NFL type guard too. Clemson is his leader and the Tigers are looking to hold off in-state Ohio State.

Detroit East English Village Prep center Tyrone Sampson joined Carman in earning an invitation to The Opening Finals and was named MVP of this event. We have seen him dominate so many camps now, scarcely losing a rep, that this has become the norm. Strength, technical prowess, competitiveness, he has it all. SyracuseKentucky and Minnesota are among his offers.

Cleveland St. Ignatius tackle Darian Kinnard was part of the final five and deservedly so. He has the frame and athleticism of a high-level prospect. When he got his hands on guys, he finished well. He has a good handful of power-five offers, but more big boys may jump in after they can see him in person. Not many prospects at the camp had his tool set.

Fredrick Scruggs came in from Pennsylvania with a good offer list and a four-star rating and he lived up to the billing. He has good technique and footwork. At 265 pounds, he just has to get stronger, but he won a lot of reps during the day. Ohio State is one of his top options with LSUMichiganPenn State and Pittsburgh among his other offers.

One of the class of 2019's best, Belleville (Mich.) tackle Devontae Dobbs rounded out the final five. Dobbs is a blue-chip prospect, but at the last two camps we have seen him at, he was not vintage Dobbs. On Sunday, he was. He has excellent feet, quickness and fluidity. He is still rounding out his technique, but he has added strength and finishes well in addition to those athletic gifts he has. He played both inside and outside and we could see him going either way in college, but he is a big-timer at both.


Outside of those final five, there were many other good offensive line prospects.

Holland (Ohio) Springfield's Tyler Long, a Toledo commit, was possibly the surprise of the camp. Listed as a guard, he did well as a right tackle, going against some of the best defensive linemen at the camp and coming away a winner on those reps.

University of Detroit Jesuit's Carlos Vettorello is another rising senior who was known as a guard prospect but showed the ability to play tackle too and had a good showing on the day.

The 2019 class had several who did very well. Doug Nester from Spring Valley (W.V.) is a big, strong kid with several major offers. He is a barrel-chested kid who moved much better than you might think a kid of his size would. He is a high-major guard prospect. Zeke Correll from Cincinnati Anderson recently added his first two offers from Kentucky and Cincinnati and he has impressed at both of the camps we have seen him at. He is competitive and tough and always came back after he lost a rep to win against the same kid. He plays with excellent balance and base. Trevor Keegan seems to get better at each camp we see him at. He went against top edge rushers and showed the quickness to not let them get the edge and he ran them out of the play. Keegan currently has offers from Northwestern and MinnesotaTyler Endres is a 2019 from Iowa who had a solid day. He has to get stronger, but moves well for a 290-pound kid.

Isaiah Gibson is a 2019 kid who switched over from defense and shows upside on the offensive side of the ball.

For the second straight camp, Rosemount (Minn.) guard Jacob Smith was solid. The BYU commit has good size and strength and had several impressive reps. Jake Kradel is another Pennsylvania kid who came and did well. He is an inside guy who showed possibilities at both guard and center. He has a good handful of power-five offers including NC StateIowa StateMinnesota and others.

Romulus (Mich.) tackle Quinton Barrow is not a finished product but took well to the coaching and improved rep to rep. He has size and athleticism to work with. Toledo and Bowling Green have offered.

Vincent Oliver Jr., a 2018 prospect from Steubenville (Ohio) Catholic Central was a prospect who showed some upside and ability in a 6-foot-5 frame. He played inside and that looks like a spot he can draw more college interest at.


The top prospect in attendance was Tyreke Smith from Cleveland Heights (Ohio) and he lived up to his billing during the camp. He is a bigger-bodied kids than most EDGE prospects, and he can really bend and move at his size (6-3.5, 252 pounds). He went against the top blockers at the camp and won a good amount of reps and showed great upside for the next level especially when you consider that he is relatively new to the game. He was awarded a ticket to The Opening Finals in Oregon.

The highest upside at the whole camp award might go to Olentangy (Ohio) Orange 2019 end Zach Harrison. At over 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, he ran a 4.62 forty and showed rare ability to bend at that size. He also has a big wingspan. He is still working on pass rush technique as right now, he mostly relies on a speed rush, but the times he used his hands in addition to his athleticism, he was tough to stop. We are excited to see where he will be in another year and even another year after that.

Detroit East English Village Prep's Desjuan Johnson still does not have any offers, but has roasted just about every offensive lineman he has gone up against this offseason. The competition level was higher here, so he did not win every rep, but he did make the final five and gave the offensive guys a stiff challenge with his quickness and speed. 

Shamar Jones from Greater Johnstown (Pa.) was the MVP on the defensive line. That was a bit of a surprise as he, like Johnson, does not have any offers currently, but he was well deserving of a final five spot as his motor and a great spin move allowed him to win many reps against top guys. At 6-foot-1, 240 pounds, he is not a big guy, but offers possibilities as a three-tech at the next level.

Detroit King 2019 defensive tackle Jalen Bell made the final five. He has had good camps every time we have seen him this offseason. He has quickness, a low center of gravity and does a nice job with his hands.

Another 2019 prospect, Mentor (Ohio) end Noah Potter rounded out the final five. He has a nice frame and shows good foot speed and ability to redirect. He must continue to get stronger, but he should pick up a lot of offers before his process is all done.


There were several class of 2018 defensive linemen with big offer lists or who were already committed to schools.

Aidan Hutchinson, a Michigan commit, has a huge frame and flexibility at that size. He still has room to get stronger and being more violent with his hands, but he has physical gifts others do not have and he is a competitive, tough kid.

Isaiah Mullens from Columbus (Ohio) Harvest Prep is a big ball of clay. He is raw technically, but has a power-five level combination of size and athleticism. Wisconsin is the school most believe have the best shot at him as it stands. 

Indianapolis Ben Davis end Willie Ervin is fast off the edge. He still must get stronger as the bigger tackles were able to get him on the ground at times, but he has twitch and get-off.

West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West's Tyler Bentley has a long offer list. He had a solid day, winning reps with inside counter-moves. 

West Virginia commit James Gmiter had an impressive day. His size and strength makes him a problem to deal with. He overpowered a number of offensive linemen in 1-1 drills. Another Pennsylvania native, David Green, was a strong kid who was violent with his hands. He has several power-five offers.

Zaid Hamdan from William Mason in Ohio is an undersized, but skilled tackle who won a ton of reps in 1-1s.

Brandon Derrow has impressed us with his motor and quickness off the ball whenever we have seen him. He has a good handful of MAC offers along with one from Western Kentucky.

The 2019 class had several other top performers. Cincinnati Walnut Hills' Jowon Briggs is a high-motor kid with good strength and burst off the ball. Jacob Lacey, like Briggs, may not be the biggest interior guy but the Kentucky native is light on his feet and can win with finesse. J.J. Weaver is an end from Kentucky with a lot of upside.

River Rouge (Mich.) tackle Darrell Williams is a sleeper who had a good day.

A high-level 2019 prospect, Steven Faucheux, did some of the drillls but was limited in 1-1s because of an injury.

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