Notes from Midwest Elite 7v7: Day One

GBW was on hand for Saturday's Midwest Elite 7v7 tournament held at Avondale (Mich.) high school. Josh Newkirk and Kyle Bogenschutz evaluate some of the top performers, including notes on their early recruitments.


Hopewell (N.C.) High wide receiver, Dominique Heath—While he doesn’t have ideal size at 5-foot-9, 170-pounds, Heath is a playmaker on the field. He projects more as a slot at the next level and has a knack of finding the open hole in the defense. He currently has an Old Dominion offer and is hearing interest from other programs.

Charlotte (N.C.) West Mecklenburg running back/slot, Shaun Wilson – Wilson is really looking to prove himself as an all-purpose back and this tournament is the perfect setting to do it. Wilson caught the ball well out of the backfield, maximizing his yards gained with great quickness, and deceiving escape ability. Wilson will be in Ann Arbor Sunday for an unofficial visit with Michigan. 5-9, and a solid 180-pounds, Wilson has a chance to be a nice third down back at the next level.

Rochester Adams (Mich.) high school tight end, Matt Sokol – The Michigan State commitment is every bit of 6-5, 220-pounds, running precise routes and possessing soft hands. Sokol was a go to receiver for Michigan Elite, creating tons of separation on out routes or slants over the middle, seeing the ball in, and getting up the field with little extra effort necessary.

Detroit (Mich.) Country Day school quarterback, Tyler Wiegers – The Rutgers commitment looked right at home for Michigan Elite. With his hat backwards, Wiegers appeared very comfortable sitting in the pocket, reading the defense, and delivering well-timed balls over the middle and sideline-to-sideline. Wiegers appears to be stepping up his leadership heading into his senior year as well, keeping his crew on task and focused during down time.



West Mecklenburg (N.C.) High 2015 safety, Van Smith—At 6-foot-1, 180-pounds, Smith is an athletic safety that showed good athleticism at the back end of the defense. He plays on a loaded a 7-on-7 team but certainly sticks out amongst his fellow teammates. He already has seven offers including Kansas State, Clemson, Vanderbilt and Penn State, to name a few.  He said Michigan is showing interest and will be visiting their campus Sunday.

Hough (N.C.) High, 2015 wide receiver, Carl Tucker—Tucker is a great athlete and already has a Clemson offer. He stands at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds. He fits the mold for a tall athletic receiver who can go up and get the ball. He is also hearing interest from plenty of schools from the south. He is a name to keep your eye on in the future.

Detroit (Mich.) King high school safety/linebacker, Tyriq Thompson – Thompson will always be a guy that stands out based purely on his size alone at 6-2, 220 or even 230-pounds now. Based on that size, Thompson started working himself at linebacker, becoming more of a hybrid as opposed to just a safety. The early returns are impressive as Thompson came up with a few batted balls in pass coverage, showing great instincts to the football. Several schools have been in recently, including Michigan State and Ohio State (which could make his dad Clarence cringe!) but Michigan still appears to be the favorite early.

Clarkston (Mich.) high school tight end, Cole Chewins – A massive target at 6-7, 210-pounds, Chewins has a bright future ahead of him and several schools have taken notice, including Michigan. Still a raw prospect, Chewins is learning what it takes to have precise route running, creating separation from defenders as opposed to catching the football over people. Chewins father played hockey for Michigan and his son grew up a fan of the Wolverines but says he’s open to all schools at this point.



Farmington Hills (Mich.) Harrison high school wide receiver/cornerback, Desmond Fitzpatrick – A 5-11, 175-pound athlete with terrific ball skills, Fitzpatrick could be coined as the next big thing to come out of the Hawks program. His father played professionally with the Cincinnati Bengals and even in the CFL so he has good bloodlines. Fitzpatrick plans to camp at Michigan this summer.

Walled Lake (Mich.) Western high school cornerback, Darnell Lanier – A pure cover corner who for 5-9 can definitely pack a punch. Physically put together for such a young kid, Lanier has great quickness and received tremendous experience playing for Western as just a freshman and advancing deep into the playoffs. Lanier camped at Michigan last summer and plans to do the same this year.

Southlake (N.C.) Christian Academy running back, Robert Washington – An early pledge to Mississippi State, Washington told GoBlueWolverine he remains open and has been hearing from Michigan, Roy Manning even dropped by his school. A physical kid already at 5-10, 190-pounds, Washington will be visiting Ann Arbor Sunday afternoon and seems to be very intrigued by what the Wolverines have to offer. Washington showed good explosion and soft hands out of the backfield Saturday.

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