COLUMBUS -- GoBlueWolverine just wrapped things up over at the Ohio State practice facility, site of the Columbus NFTC. Tons of photos, interviews, highlights, full notes/evaluations, and a video recap are all to come but first here's a couple quick offerings on the competition today including several Michigan targets:
2014 TE commit Ian Bunting looked strong catching the ball and is progressing with his route running and technique. He is BIG and has the frame to add plenty of muscle. Bunting earned tight end MVP and was invited to The Opening out in Oregon starting on June 30th.
Fellow 2014 commit, LB Michael Ferns looked strong in drills and much STRONGER in general. Ferns was only beaten cleanly once in 1-on-1's, showing nice cover skills, good footwork, and instincts jumping routes. Ferns and Bunting were both putting in work to recruit defensive lineman Da'Shawn Hand.
2014 5-star DL Da'Shawn Hand lived up to his billing as one of the nation's best, dominant at times in the 1-on-1 setting, blowing past offensive linemen with his speed and shedding blocks with the added muscle on his frame. Hand didn't walk away with MVP honors but was undoubtedly one of, if not the most, talented prospect in attendance.
2014 DB Montae Nicholson turned wide receiver for the day in Columbus and was just as dominant on offense as he has been on defense throughout his career. Nicholson is a tremendous athlete and flipped over to wide receiver to earn an invitation to The Opening, which he did as he walked away with MVP honors at the position. Nicholson caught everything, pinpointing the ball at it's highest point, showcasing an elite vertical.
2015 DL Hjalte Froholdt was throwing offensive linemen around in the 1-on-1 portion Sunday. A powerful 6-foot-3, 270-pounds, Froholdt looked strong enough to play inside on the line but quick and agile enough to be a menace at defensive end.
2015 OL Sterling Jenkins is a massive young man at 6-foot-7, 275-pounds already. Still developing his technique and footwork in pass protection, Jenkins struggled a bit with speed on the edge but if he was able to get his hands on someone the results favored the Pennsylvania native.
2015 DB Tyree Kinnel is a young defensive back that was a victim of inexperience Sunday. Close to 6-0, 180-pounds now, Kinnel passes the eye test physically and already looks like a safety at this point. Speedy receivers gave Kinnel issues in 1-on-1's but with two years left in high school, the potential is there and ceiling remains high.
More detailed notes and evaluations on these and other prospects to come tonight and tomorrow on GoBlueWolverine.com.