This group was a very good group. In fact, we are comfortable saying there was not anyone within the group who did not belong and it would be tough to pick one guy as the top dog on the day as several had strong performances.
Illinois commit Coran Taylor is a kid we liked on film, but looked more raw than we expected at The Opening Regional earlier in the month. His performance at Under Armour was much better. He was more crisp and showed the arm talent we saw on his junior film. Virginia Tech commit Quincy Patterson is a big, strong kid. He has a big arm and can make all the throws. He can still improve overall consistency, but there is no doubting his physical skill set and he is a great kid and a smart kid.
Speaking of big and strong, that is what Muskegon (Mich.) passer La'Darius Jefferson is. He had a good day throwing the ball. He was the victim of some drops but he showed good zip and accuracy for much of the day. Another Michigan kid, Bryce Veasley of West Bloomfield also showed off a big arm. He threw a few frozen ropes over the middle. Two St. Louis kids, Kaleb Eleby and Christian Perez, two kids we felt did well at The Opening, also threw well. Chicago Phillips' J'Bore Gibbs is a great sized kid with athleticism. He has some polishing to do as a passer but the upside is there.
Despite not having a single offer between the two of them, John Paddock from Bloomfield Hills (Mich.) and Bart Harris from Belton (Mo.) were both among the top performers. Paddock has shown time and time again that he has a live, accurate arm. Harris is a big kid with good velocity on his passes as well. Another Missouri kid, Cooper Callis, also had a good day throwing the ball.
There were four class of 2019 quarterbacks and we felt that all four, Dwan Mathis, Max Duggan, Nate Martens and Alante Brown, all threw the ball well. Mathis is an Iowa State commit while Duggan and Martens both have scholarship offers. Brown does not have any offers yet. He is not quite as big as some of his counterparts, but he surprised us with the way he threw the ball.
The first running back mentioned should be Justin Hall from Homewood-Flossmoor in Illinois. He was one of two winners of the IllSpeed competition, showing excellent agility and quickness. He is a kid who can run routes and create separation with his quicks and he has the receiving ability to project as a slot. In fact, that might be more of what he is than a tailback.
There was a good crew of younger running backs. St. Louis (Mo.) Lutheran North's Isaiah Azubuike made several impressive catches, some with defenders draped on him. We had thought of him previously as more of a defensive prospect, so it was a surprise to see how well he did on offense, but he was one of the most impressive skill guys on the day. Detroit Cass Tech's duo of Jaren Mangham and Lew Nichols both had good days. Mangham is a big kid who runs routes and catches the ball like a wideout. Nichols was not previously known for his receiving skills as much, but had a couple nice plays during the 1-1s. Chicago Simeon's Anthony Williams is an athletic kid who is built more like a receiver and showed excellent hands.
St. Louis Lutheran North's Donovan Marshall and University of Detroit Jesuit's Elijah Collins both had strong days. Both are nice sized backs who can, not only compete, but succeed in the passing game.
The other IllSpeed winner was Cameron Brown and he used that blazing speed to win one on ones. He ended the day as one of our top overall performers. Another 2018 kid who was right there with him as far as quickness and ability to create separation was I'Shawn Stewart of Bolingbrook (Ill.). Notre Dame commit Micah Jones had a good day. Defensive backs found it hard to re-route the big-framed target and he caught the ball very well as well.
One of the top overall players at the camp, in our opinion, was Belleville (Mich.) sophomore Julian Barnett who earned an invitation to the Future 50 event in Orlando. He is a very athletic route-runner with top notch ball skills and competitiveness.
There were three rising senior receivers who do not have any offers, but proved they can play with the best: Traveon Maddox, Justin Thomas, and Leon Payne. Maddox was one kid who had people consistently asking who he was. He is a tall kid with great leaping ability. Thomas is a great route-runner and a competitor who earned the nickname "7-11" from camp staff for being consistently open. Payne is a quick-footed route runner who created a lot of separation.
Several other rising seniors did well. Taj Mustapha showed why he has been on a run of offers recently while his fellow Mchigander Jerodd Vines showed he his worthy of a similar offer run. Chicago Simeon's Jayshon Jackson, a Toledo commit, was quick, shifty and tough to cover as a result. Another slot type who catches the ball well is Tyrone Tracy. Jarel Miller came all the way up from Texas and despite being one of the smaller receivers at the camp, was competitive and produced good results.
There was a really good group of 2019 receivers as well. St. Charles (Mo.) Francis Howell North's Maurice Massey is a big, athletic kid. David Bell from Indianapolis Warren Central is one of the most skilled receivers you will find in this class as far as natural ball skills and playmaking ability. Kyren Williams may not be the biggest guy out there, but it seems like he is always open and consistently catches the football. Fellow St. Louis native Jameson Williams is a long, speedy prospect who made some tough grabs. Noah Jones from Wilmette (Ill.) Loyola Academy is a big-bodied prospect who is going to be heavily recruited. Fabian McCray from Chicago Phillips was not a guy we knew a lot about going in, but ended the day as a kid we will track. He had the look of a D1 guy with his size and ball skills.
A smaller group numberswise, but very talented. Luke Ford earned an invitation to the Under Armour All-America Game and it was well deserved. The Arkansas commit is big, athletic and plays with attitude.
Josh De St. Jean looks like an offensive lineman, but he surprised onlookers with his ability to run routes and catch the ball at his size. He had a very good day. Fellow Indiana native Alec Burton is a skilled pass catcher, and 2019 prospect Logan Lee made a couple of tough grabs in one on ones.
The final five were Carlos Vettorello (University of Detroit Jesuit), Jordyn Slaughter (Belleville Althoff Catholic), Tyrone Sampson (Detroit East English Village Prep), Andrew Todd (Cedar Rapids Washington) and Wyatt Blake (Crystal Lake Central). All were 2018 guys.
Sampson, a recent Syracuse commit, may not have lost a rep all day. Todd, a Miami (OH) commit, was one of the feistier offensive linemen on the day and looked like a steal for the Redhawks. Blake, who is committed to Northwestern, had a really good day and played some center, which he could do in college too. Vettorello is a kid we think is probably a guard in college, but he has shown tackle ability at the last couple of camps also. Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Oregon State are among the schools battling for him. Slaughter has double-digit offers, but none from power-five schools yet. We have to think some will jump in eventually. He is big, has solid technique, and can play almost any spot on the line.
Grand Rapids (Mich.) Catholic Central's Jalen Mayfield continues to show his talents. He is extremely competitive and plays with a tough, angry disposition. We can tell he has been in the weight room too as he already looks like he has been adding weight since even the early part of the month. Michigan, Iowa and Michigan State are among the schools in the race for him.
There was a great group of young linemen. Westland (Mich.) John Glenn's Keegan Vaughan had good results in 1-1s. He is a great sized kid (6-6, 290 pounds) who showed his upside. He does not have any offers, but they should come in time. Recent Iowa Hawkeyes commit Ezra Miller had a good day. You can see the upside, you can also see the youth, but there is no doubt he has the tools to be a good one and we kept in mind that he was on an injured ankle as well. Trevor Keegan is one who has impressed us the last few times we have seen him and he continued his strong offseason at this camp. Recent Oklahoma State commit Hunter Woodard is yet another 2019 guy who has size and upside.
In the freshman class, Justin Rogers is talented and competes hard. He, as most kids his age do, still has technical work and strength work to do, but he continues to make great progress. St. Louis Lutheran North's Traevon Williams was injured during the camp, but prior to that, showed why he already holds offers at this early age.
Belleville (Mich.) has a rising freshman in Damon Payne who was not out of place against a high level of competition. He has a chance to be an elite recruit.
The surprise of the day? Carol Stream (Ill.) Glenbard North's Jose Vazquez who stoned a couple of the top linemen in attendance.