"Sound Mind, Sound Body" the Offense

Scout.com was at the "Sound Mind, Sound Body" Football Academy held at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Determined to offer its participants much more than an athletic experience "Sound Mind, Sound Body", part of "The Lifting As We Climb" Foundation, was a tremendous success. Scout.com takes a look at the offense in part one of this two part series.

The "Sound Mind, Sound Body" Football Academy (SMSB) hosted by Antwaan Randle El (Washington Redskins) took place at Howard University (Washington, D.C.) recently and Scout.com was granted an exclusive, all-access look at the event. After some guest speakers, including former Director of NFL Player Development Guy Troupe and host Antwaan Randle El amongst others, the players hit the field for positions drills and one on ones. We review the offense.

Dematha Catholic High School (Hyattsville, MD) is certainly in good hands in the future. 2010 QB Kyle Clise and incoming freshman and Kyle's younger brother QB Jake Clise were tremendous all day. Jake actually is almost the same size, probably lighter but just as tall with both over six feet and around two hundred pounds. They both showed good feet and were sound technically. The one on ones is where they separated themselves. Throwing to some impressive athletes both players were up to the task. Kyle is smooth and poised. He throws a great deep ball placing it on the hands of the receiver time and time again. Not to be out done, Jake also has a nice deep ball, but was very impressive with his placement and zip on the intermediate and short routes. He has great arm whip and velocity. He is the best rising ninth grader I have ever seen at the position. 2010 QB Trevon Bennett from Riverdale Baptist High School (Upper Marlboro, MD) had a good day as well. He is a recent transfer to RBHS and will make an immediate impact. He is very athletic and although not as consistent as the Clise brothers, he did show he can make all the throws.

The quarterbacks had some high caliber athletes to throw to all day. 2010 WR Martize Barr from Coolidge High School (Washington DC) was dominant in one on ones. With offers from Kansas, New Mexico and Rutgers, to name a few, Barr showed why he is one of the better wide receivers in the region. He is physically imposing and makes great cuts in his routes. He sheds well and is an explosive when he looks to separate from the defensive back. Ndubisi Ezekoye from Kennedy High School (Rockville, MD) backed up his reputation against some very strong cornerbacks. The 100m Maryland state champ plays quarterback for his high school but will switch positions in college and has already received offers as a receiver and/or defensive back from Connecticut, Navy, Army and Air Force. "Bisi" seemed to get deep whenever he wanted. He also is improving his route running. Don Hursey took his three-star defensive backs skills to the offensive side for most of the day. He is another that can give that "man amongst boys" impression. Hursey has been around the combine and camp circuit and knows how to perform in the one on ones. He has good ball skills and was just a better athlete than most players covering him. He switched back to defense for his last couple reps but before that he did impress as a receiver. Elonte Allen, a recent transfer to Arundel Senior High School (Gambrills, MD) also showed promise and will be counted on to take some his share of passes from All-State QB Billy Cosh. He will have to replace Syracuse bound wide receiver Alec Lemon. He is still a bit raw but is a tall athletic receiver that can go up after the ball. He uses his body to get position and usually comes away with the ball. He needs to work on his route running and overall strength but he will an opportunity to help Arundel's passing game this year.

It was hard to get the running backs to step up and go after the linebackers. Although the linebackers were better as a group on this day it was disappointing more running backs did not step up to the task. Two that took advantage and seemed to be up every other rep were 2011 RB Demond Brown from Annapolis High School (Annapolis, MD) and 2010 RB Kevin Myers from Linganore High School (Ijamsville, MD). Brown has great feet and can cut on a dime. He has great upper body moves and really gets the defender leaning and then explodes the other way. He has a low center of gravity with his short stature (about 5'8" or so) but uses it to stop and drive away from defenders. He also showed good hands on the swing passes and all but one time left the defender in the dust or on the ground. Myers is even shorter than Brown, but came up big as well. He is a little jitterbug. He is super quick side to side and has good straight ahead speed. He is always talking. He kept the drills fun for everyone. He kept the drill very competitive for the running backs because he won almost all of his one on ones too. He caught the ball well. Size for both of these guys is the only obstacle but the way they compete it will not be as big a factor as for most their size. 2010 RB Travis Thomas from Bowie High School (Bowie, MD) would have stepped up to face the linebackers but got there mid-day exhausted from the Villanova camp the night before. He didn't participate but the Villanova trip was worth the sacrifice as he received his first offer from them.

The skill positions clearly overshadowed the linemen. The one offensive lineman that stood out was 2010 OL William Robinson from Riverdale Baptist High School (Upper Marlboro, MD). He has a large frame and some size but he does need to get in better shape. He is very strong and threw around the competition. He has good feet for his size but got tired as the day went on, again nothing that conditioning can't overcome. He showed a pretty good base and got into the chest of the defender with his long arms. Overall showed some promise and was the best offensive lineman there.

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