The Iowa commitment was impressive tonight. On offense, he went up against Mott's best defensive player and one of the state's best in Olaniyan and did a great job on him. He is athletic for a kid his size and used that to take away the athletic Olaniyan's speed rush and he showed the strength to move his man in the running game. On defense, he got into the backfield and put a big hit on the ball carrier on a misdirection play. I would like to see him play with better leverage and get more upfield push, but he is quick off the ball and has good feet. He could play either side of the ball in college and while I still project him to defensive tackle, I thought he played better on offense on this night.
Very impressive outing for Beaurem, who has actually looked good every time I have seen him. He had four catches for 129 yards and two touchdowns. He has great explosiveness and just ran by his man. His quickness was evident on his double moves and coming out of his breaks and then he showed the hands and ball skills to finish the play. A Bowling Green commitment, he has the look of a potential impact player for the Falcons.
Walker is a player who, despite having five offers, gets a little lost in the shuffle with all the talent on this team. Tonight though, he stood out. He has good height and the frame to add more weight and he showed he could run and get out to the flanks as well as play special teams. He ran down a couple sweeps and plays to the outside and when he got there, he made sure the ball carrier knew it. He still has some work to do in taking plays straight on. I think he may end up as an outside backer or possibly an edge rusher in college rather than a middle backer, but he offers some flexibility.
Senior wide receiver/defensive back D.J. Mershmanis a great player who has good quickness, runs good routes and makes a lot of plays. He had a few uncharacterstic drops today, but he is a great all around football player who also did well as a cornerback. I think an FBS school could take a late shot at him (and would be wise to), otherwise he could be the kind of kid who is a star at a 1-AA or D2 school. His quarterback Jason Fracassa is accurate, smart and can throw on the run, but lacks the size to play at the major college level. He too could be a great player for a D3 or D2 school. Senior running back Justice Wright had a great game, scoring three touchdowns and showing ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. I expect him to end up in the MAC. Finally, junior cornerback Eugene Pratt has good size (6'1 /165) and athleticism. He could be a future free safety and made a nice play on an interception.
The Penn State commitment had a relatively quiet night. He had a tough matchup with not only Davis, but also Fracassa, who rolls a lot and gets rid of the ball quickly. Olaniyan did have a few tackles, showing the speed and willingness to run down ball carriers. On offense, he was thrown to only a few times and did not come away with any receptions. Looking at him, he has a good frame, but needs to fill out his lower body. He is a fine athlete with the potential to be a college starter, but I believe that he will need a redshirt year before he sees any time. He did show some toughness, shrugging off what looked to a be a fairly serious injury in the 2nd quarter.
Kelly, a kid with a couple MAC offers, was one of the focuses for Stevenson and they held him to three receptions for nineteen yards. He is a nice sized kid who has good hands, although he lost concentration on one easy drop. He made a couple nice plays at safety, going up high to break up passes. He does not have super speed, which could keep him from playing that safety spot in college, but I think he could turn into a good possession receiver and red zone threat.
Senior wide receiver Torico Searcyis smaller, but is elusive in the open field. He projects to slot receiver and could potentially be a return man for a 1-AA or D2 school.