- On the offensive line, there were three legitimate, high-Power 5 type prospects who will represent the top of the board in the state of Michigan in successive classes: Jalen Mayfield in 2018, Devontae Dobbs in 2019 and Justin Rogers in 2020. While it is still very early, we would also put Damon Payne in that conversation for 2021, which would make four linemen at the camp who could be the top player or in the two top in the state in their successive classes.
Mayfield, Michigan commit from Grand Rapids Catholic Central, had very little reason to come out other than he wanted to compete and get better. He showed his athleticism and physicality. He did not win every single rep. When he does not win, it is usually over-setting, something he can easily correct. His frame and flexibility are outstanding and he is showing a desire to learn, compete and get better.
Dobbs is a powerful kid with good feet. He got physical in the 1-on-1s, throwing several defensive linemen to the ground. The Belleville native has nearly every major offer in the country. Payne, his rising freshman teammate, already has offers from Georgia, Iowa State, Kentucky and others should be coming. He actually has not played a ton of offensive line, but that looks like it is where his future will be. Of course, going against rising juniors and seniors, he did not win every rep either, but his talent is very obvious.
Rogers, an Oak Park product, is very athletic and has great feet as well as technique. Some coaches there felt he had the best performance of any offensive lineman at the camp and that is saying something. Toledo offered at the camp and Ohio State was impressed enough to invite him down for their June 16th camp.
- It was not just the big names on the offensive line though. Two of the best performances at the center position came from Detroit King's Josh Mayberry, who has a couple FCS offers and Parker Bisek, who came over from Kentucky holding offers from MAC and FCS schools. Both won reps consistently.
Dimitri Douglas, a good-sized kid from Saline (Mich.) was winning reps and he holds several offers himself. St. Joseph's Trevor Dilley, a high school tight end, has the frame and tools to be a college-level offensive lineman. Schools are showing more interest and Illinois State just offered. As usual, this was a good event for players who may not have huge recruiting profiles but are step forward and make schools take notice. That group included Belleville's Thomas Hornberger, Grand Rapids Christian's Malachi Price, and Grand Blanc's Aidan Martini, who stands 6-foot-7, 230 pounds and could be a really good one once he adds more weight.
- On the defensive side, as he has all off-season, East English Village Prep's Desjuan Johnson was a very tough matchup for offensive linemen. He has great twitch and quickness off the edge. Not far behind him was Chelsea's Ronnie Buford, a Western Michigan commit who is very long, athletic and has filled in a lot since we saw him in the Winter. It was a big day for Burton (Mich.) Bendle's Laquan Johnson, a stout end who could grow into a tackle. He beat some of the camp's best offensive linemen and walked away with a Toledo offer. Central Michigan would later offer as well.
2019 end Marcus Hicks came out from Wichita (Kan.) with several offers and earned a few more at the camp. He has a big time frame and fluidity to go with that. Others who impressed in the 2019 class were Detroit King's Jalen Bell, who was aggressive about taking reps and was not stopped too often. Yale's Travis Miracle had a good day. A linebacker/fullback in high school, we had not seen him with his hand-down too much yet, but he looked the part. Oak Park's 2020 prospect Dondi Price was another who took a lot of reps and won with motor.
Other 2018 kids who had good days were Jack Sape, a good-sized kid who has a solid list of MAC and Ivy League offers. There were a number of defensive linemen who came in with no offers or a few smaller school offers and impressed. River Rouge's Tyler Carter won a ton of reps. He is an undersized but quick three-tech type. East English Village's Orniska Webster has had a really good offseason and that continued here. Maumee (Ohio) has a good one in Mikey Haney (6-4, 260 pounds) who has good size and strength.
LINEBACKERS AND RUNNING BACKS
- The 2019 linebacker group was very strong. West Bloomfield's ultra-athletic Lance Dixon was the talk of the camp, earning three offers -- Toledo, Western Michigan, and Buffalo, and drawing interest from Iowa. Merrillville (Ind.) Andrean's Cameron Williams came in with a couple of offers. He, like Dixon, has the body type for the position and athleticism to go with it. Clinton Township (Mich.) Chippewa Valley's Marcel Lewis has offers and he also drew a lot of praise during drills and 1-on-1s.
Belleville's 2019 Jalen Hunt, Central Michigan commit Neven Simington, and an interesting sleeper named Reginald Micheaux from Wayne Memorial are all three who worked out at linebacker, but offer possibilities for growing into defensive linemen because of their size. River Rouge's Baron Sholar is another who drew a lot of praise from coaches. He is not the biggest guy out there but is technically sound and a good fooball player.
- At running back, Jaren Mangham and Lew Nichols are two 2019s from Detroit Cass Tech who came in with long offer lists. They looked the part yet again and Mangham added to his already lengthy offer list with one from Eastern Michigan. Davison's Tariq Reid holds a few offers and showed why with his performance in drills and 1-on-1s. While those were the usual suspects, some lesser-known backs stepped forward with good days, they included Fort Wayne (Ind.) Southside's Marcalin Hairston who was shaking defenders in the open field and showing good receiving skills. Dequez Weathers from Bay City (Mich.) Central had a good showing as well. He is a good athlete who can make people miss in space. Marcos Harris, who is now at Saline (Mich.) after transferring up from Brentwood Academy in Tennessee, is a good looking prospect who caught the eyes of a lot of schools as well.
DEFENSIVE BACKS and WIDE RECEIVERS
- We did not have a chance to see a ton of this group, but coaches had praise for Belleville's Patrick Lupro, a Bowling Green commit who has always done well at camps. Teammate Kmare Carey had a good day and then added a Western Michigan offer the next day at camp. Fellow Bellevillian Andre Seldon Jr., a 2020 prospect, continued his good offseason. He showed the same speed and competitiveness that has allowed him to stand out at several camps.
- Quindarious Monday from Atlanta (Ga.) Carver was one of the top overall players at the camp. He has great size and although a safety by trade, he has the cover skills of a cornerback. It is easy to see why he is a four-star with a long offer list. Dequan Mosley is another Georgia product who drew praise from camp observers and coaches. East Lansing's Blake Underwood has excellent size and ball skills. He is a high school safety and in our estimation, can play there in college, but outside backer isn't out of the question either.
- At tight end, River Rouge's Lee Payton was impressive. He is a good route-runner and pass catcher.
- Western Michigan commit El-Julian Jordan and West Bloomfield's Bryce Veasley were named by one camp observer as having great day. Jordan's arm strength has always been impressive and he was not only throwing fastballs, but accurate ones on this day.
MIDDLE SCHOOL MVPs:
- RB: Travis Boston (Oak Park)
- LB: Kobe King (Detroit Cass Tech)
- WR: Deion Burks (Belleville)
- DL: John McFolley (Chandler Park)
- OL: Davion Weatherspoon (East English Village Prep)
- DB: Will Johnson (Grosse Pointe South)
- QB: Ben Easters (Noblesville West, Ind.)
- Overall MVP: WR Quillen Howze