BALTIMORE, Md. – Gilman (Baltimore, Md.) played host to St. John’s (Washington, D.C.) in a final preseason exhibition Aug. 22, which the D.C. school ended up winning, 11-0. Though neither squad revealed much in terms of schemes, and several starters exited the game later during the second half, we were able to get a good look at many of the squads’ top young prospects. We specifically concentrated on potential Terps targets, including the elite class of 2016 Gilman linemen and a couple rising stars for St. John’s.
Ellison Jordan, DT, 2016: Think of current Terps standout defensive lineman Andre Monroe, and give him advanced pass rush moves and even more quickness off the line. The undersized Jordan (he’s about 6-1, 260 pounds) isn’t merely a plugger down low – he’s a playmaker and pocket collapser. A fireplug with a motor that keeps humming, he’s a load to handle, even when facing double-teams. He has a vicious first step, violent hands and very good strength. Jordan knows how to use his leverage to his advantage, routinely coming off lower and harder than opposing linemen. And once he’s into his man, he has that rare ability to explode into the backfield and chase down the quarterback/running back. This guy is a sound tackler for sure, but he’s also a finisher who follows through with his hits. Jordan will become more effective as he hones his footwork and continues to improve his pass-rush technique.
Devery Hamilton, OT, 2016: Hamilton played mainly defense last year, but the 6-7, 270-pounder projects as an offensive tackle in college. He has a wide frame and a good base, to go along with long arms and big, strong hands. Hamilton comes off the ball well, gets good extension and has a potent punch at the point of attack. He’s surprisingly agile for a big man, shifting his feet well to readjust to edge rushers, while also showing the ability to block in space. Hamilton also possesses that “grinders” mentality, mauling his man when running plays go over his side. Hamilton does need to work on his leverage and, as a pass blocker, become more effective as an anchor with control, hand placement and footwork. And while he can push to the second level and finish blocks, Hamilton can become an even more consistent punisher.
Stephen Spanellis, OG, 2016: Spanellis (6-6, 290) may be a tackle at the next level, but he was playing right guard for Gilman. What was most impressive about him, regardless of position, was his ability to pull and move laterally. He carries his 290 pounds well, showing nimble footwork in traffic and tight end’s speed when running down the line. He gets to the edge, locates defensive linemen on the run and then finishes with a forceful thump that springs the back. Spanellis is plenty potent blocking straight ahead as well, displaying both power and an evident mean streak. He typically comes off low and gets a mighty push, knocking his man off the line of scrimmage. Spanellis did well executing a couple combination blocks with Hamilton, and occasionally getting to the second level too. He has to continue to work on his pass blocking technique and hand placement, as well as become even more consistent gaining leverage. He also has to make sure he consistently gains extension so defensive linemen can’t get into his body.
Antonio Dupree, RB, 2016: A horse of a back and a load to handle, Dupree (5-10, 225) reminds me of a classic “Wisconsin” runner. Tough. Physical. Thick. Pure power. He’s a true downhill thumper who can punish opposing defenders with his lowered shoulder, and runs through arm tackles like a jet ski cutting through water. He’s the type of back who can hit the pile, push through the defense and pop out the back end. A one-cut runner, Dupree has above-average vision and hits the holes hard. There’s little wasted movement as he keeps it going north and south, except on designed counters and reverses. Dupree possesses solid to above average speed and has the propensity to beat defenders to the edge before turning the corner. He also flashes soft hands out of the backfield and is a willing blocker as well. Dupree can break off long runs, but he’s not a track-star running back who is going to out-race defensive backs downfield. He stand to run with a lower base as well in order to take full advantage of his strength and power.
Terrell Hall DE, 2016: Once Hall packs on a few more pounds and refines his pass-rush technique and footwork he has the potential to be special. The 6-5, 225 pounder, with arms like a power forward, routinely fires off the line, shoots by his man and propels into the backfield. He has such quick feet that he can deke inside before coming around backside and still reach the quarterback. Or he can simply slice through the line’s interior before the tackle/guard sets up. Plus Hall uses those long arms to gain extension and slide off blocks with relative ease. Hall pursues with abandon, recklessly chasing down running backs to the edge and then wrapping up well. He doesn’t allow much leaky yardage and usually drops opposing runners in their tracks. Hall also has a high motor and tenacity, showing the ability to pick through trash in order to get to the back/quarterback. Of course, Hall is still a bit raw and could stand to develop more field awareness while honing his fundamentals. Hand placement, footwork and varying his moves (he’s mainly a bull-rush guy now) will serve him well in the future.
Talik Mann, QB, 2016: Mann has a shot to make an impact at the FBS level, though it may not be as a quarterback. He has intriguing size (6-3, 180) and plenty of athleticism, though his mechanics need some work. Mann’s release is long, his arm slot is a bit low, he drops his elbow from time to time, and the follow through isn’t always consistent. Mann has to work on his footwork and pocket presence, while going through progressions and improving his general field awareness as well. But Mann does have a big right arm and can fling it downfield with relative ease. His agility and speed are major assets, however, and we think as he adds strength and improves his overall fundamentals he could be an effective safety at the next level.
Scouting Report: Gilman-St. John's
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