EAST ST. LOUIS
- Committed to Arkansas
The Arkansas commit was not a disappointment. He was missed by his quarterback on a couple deep balls, but he was able to get behind the defense and get open for much of the day. He is big and physical, we knew that. He has great hands. We knew that too. Today, we got to see some open field elusiveness, which we weren't sure how much of that he had. He did well as a punt returner, and beyond just being able to make people miss, he is also very powerful and runs hard.
- Committed to Kentucky
Faulkner had a good game all around. He is very fast and aggressive. He does a good job of getting into passing lanes and jumping short routes and was aggressive in run support, making a couple of big hits. He can be a little over-aggressive, but he has big time potential and should see a rankings boost.
- Committed to Kentucky
Tucker did not play a ton of defense early in the game, mostly lining up at guard. When push came to shove though, he was in there and showed why he's so highly recruited there. He blew threw the line and made a key tackle for loss and held his ground well against a big, good line for Cathedral. He's stout, strong, and plays with good leverage.
- Committed to Missouri
Pierson's first game with ESL was a successful one as he ran for three long touchdowns. He has excellent acceleration and breakaway speed and is definitely going to be a big play threat in college. The question is whether he's an every down back. Can he take the pounding and can he run between the tackles. Right now, he's mostly a home run threat.
- Committed to Akron
Clay is a solid all around center who plays with good leverage and is a strong kid.
He had a huge game. He had several sacks and laid a couple huge hits on the quarterback and was consistently in the backfield. He wasn't as tall as his listed 6'4, but he has solid size and is a good player. I expect a lot more interest to come his way this season.
Doss had a quiet first part of the game, but exploded late and had the game sealing touchdown run. He's good in the open field and showed good speed.
Robinson had a tough matchup against some bigger receivers and gave up some completions, but he kept getting after it and broke up a few key passes later in the game.
Good size, good mobility and has a decent arm, but has to work on his consistency as his placement was not always on. He has potential though, and we'll continue to see how he develops throughout the year.
Nicholson got a lot of carries, which, considering Pierson's talent, tipped me off that he might be a good back. He turned out to be even better than that, making several big plays. He's very quick and elusive and can also catch the ball out of the backfield.
Big target with good hands. Is he fast enough to play receiver? I think so. Even though he plays more tight end, I think his future is as a split end.
Young player who saw a lot of time out there. Good looking kid already. He got thrown right into the fire against a good offensive line and he'll be better for it. Relatively quiet game, but still a prospect to watch for.
Young receiver with a solid frame. He made a couple nice grabs and did a nice job blocking.
- Committed to Indiana
Kennedy is the emotional leader for Cathedral. He's very vocal and plays hard. He's gotten bigger, and that's a big key for him. He still has room to grow and fill out. He showed pretty well in space. Getting stronger is the key for him.
- Committed to Illinois
Karras had a good game. When he gets his hands on someone, it's tough to get by him, as he is very strong. He has good technique as well. I don't see super mobility, but he's a solid, tough, and powerful lineman. He did well against Tucker, who presents a tough challenge.
Fantastic first two games for him. He is big and has great hands and ball skills. Throw it near him and it's caught. He does not have super speed and ability after the catch, but he's a great target who finds ways to get open.
A first year starter with good size. Made solid decisions in this game and shows good toughness when running the ball. He's going to get better as the season goes along, and all in all, this was a solid game for him.
Nice sized senior lineman who projects to guard in college and should play at some level next year.
Another solid Cathedral lineman with decent size, and plays hard. He had some trouble with the speedy edge rushers, but he projects inside in college.
Solid tight end prospect with good hands.
Solid athlete on the edge. Active, and has good quickness. He still needs to get bigger and stronger, but he's a nice young prospect.