Nike Camp Notes, Part Two

In part two of's Nike Camp Notes, there is a closer examinaton of in-state commitment Matt Kroul, a look at Iowa's efforts in Hutchinson, Minnesota, and more on the performance of Quarterback Chase Patton.

Matt Kroul continues to develop, especially in size, as he measured in at 6'2 226. His speed was not what he hoped for with a low 4.9, but he regularly runs in the 4.7/4.8 area. Matt appears not to be done growing, and has the frame to support more weight. It appears he could also end up making a move to the defensive line or perhaps over to fullback.

Many marked down Brian Hoyer as the quarterback whom graded out the most successfully. However, I saw a larger upside in Chase Patton. Although Patton had trouble in throwing out patterns, he showed a quick release and tight spiral. With some added weight, and his good mobility, Chase displays the arm strength to be a top flight college quarterback.

Hoyer is also an excellent prospect, and if Ohio State does not offer, do not be surprised to hear of him going to Michigan State. I was also impressed with Ohio gunslinger Anthony Turner, whom appeared to have the same size as Donovan McNabb in high school, but not nearly as polished. I was not impressed with Mike Vlahogeorge, whom I felt looked a bit sluggish and overweight.

I spoke to the father of WR Nathan Swift, whom performed well. Nathan took a visit to Notre Dame on his way up to Ann Arbor. Mr. Swift assured me that at this time Lyndon Murtha will be a Gopher. That could help lead to Swift and QB Tony Mortensen becoming gophers, but make no mistake, Nathan Swift will take his time in checking out of state options.

It was great speaking to LB Kyle Williams as he firmly has his head in the right place. A well spoken guy whom also carries himself well and is intelligent. He will be a tremendous force at linebacker, and if the Hawks are able to land this kid, it may be the biggest linebacker signing since Vernon Rollins.

I will have more to report following this weekend's Texas A&M Nike Camp, which I will be attending. OL Brett Gallimore will also be in attendance, whom is currently the Hawks top offensive line target.

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