SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -- Sound Mind Sound Body routinely brings in some of the top talent in the Midwest and is now becoming big enough to lure prospects from all over the country.
Saturday, the last day of the three-day camp, was a virtual showcase for some up and coming prospects on the verge of blowing up.
Here’s a rundown of some notables and top performers from Saturday’s action out at Sound Mind Sound Body:
2015 TE/DE Tyrone Wheatley Jr. -- At 6-6, 240-pounds, Wheatley Jr. certainly isn’t a gentle giant and despite the non-padded drill work the tight ends did on Saturday, the son of former Michigan great Tyrone Wheatley was able to use his physicality and size to his advantage in the 1-on-1’s against linebackers. Wheatley Jr. already runs refined routes for such a young prospect, showing a nice resemblance of footwork passed down by his father. Wheatley Jr.’s soft hands only adds to the package as he continues to work at both defensive end and tight end heading into the fall.
2015 DB Stanley Norman -- Making the trip all the way from California, Norman took MVP honors for the defensive back group at Sound Mind Sound Body. Not the biggest of cornerbacks yet at 5-10, 165-pounds, Norman more than makes up for that with tremendous quickness in and out of his breaks and long arms, getting his hands on several footballs in 1-on-1’s. Norman shined in an unpadded camp setting, a pure cover corner, the one question moving forward will be how he handles big physical receivers in real games.
2015 TE Cole Chewins -- Chewins has progressed quickly in recent weeks since GoBlueWolverine saw him competing in the Midwest Elite tournament. 6-7, 200-pounds, Chewins showed an improved ability to run precise routes and get up field quickly after securing the ball. Effortlessly catching the ball, Chewins competed well in 1-on-1’s, not just catching the ball over smaller linebackers but also creating a little separation. Chewins will continue to fill out with two more years left in high school and has the potential to be one of the top tight ends in the state of Michigan when all is said and done.
2016 RB Matt Falcon -- Heading into his sophomore season at Southfield (Mich.) high school, Falcon was right at home on the Blue Jays field during Sound Mind Sound Body. Already standing 6-0, 200-pounds, Falcon stood out as one of the bigger running backs in the group and for his size has good footwork and hands running out of the backfield to catch balls. Falcon was a man in 1-on-1’s, beating slow footed linebackers or out muscling others for a tough catch on the inside shoulder.
2016 RB Avery Saffold -- Walking away with MVP honors in the running back group, Saffold is undersized for the position but well put together physically at such a young age. The individual attention and coaching came easy to Saffold, able to apply it quickly and looking very smooth with his routes, quickness, and pass catching ability. An unknown out of Mount Carmel (Ill.) high school, Saffold could blow up with a big sophomore season.
2017 LB Josh Ross -- The younger brother of current Michigan linebacker James Ross, younger brother Josh will be just a freshman at Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary’s this fall. Already proudly stating to be as tall as his Wolverine brother, Josh looks like a young clone in the face and plays with the same physical, nasty streak. Ross’ big moment of the day came in a 1-on-1 battle with 2015 tight end Tyrone Wheatley Jr. Clearly outsized, Ross wasn’t outmuscled, sticking with Wheatley Jr., knocking away the pass and sending the 6-6, 240-pound tight end to the ground in the process.
2016 WR/DB Terius Wheatley -- One year younger than his older brother, the other son of former Michigan great Tyrone Wheatley made a name for himself Saturday at Sound Mind Sound Body. A 5-foot-10, 160-pound athlete, Wheatley fancies himself as an offensive weapon but stands out on both sides of the ball. Long armed and with good speed, Wheatley catches the ball well and continues to develop his route running skills. Good news for Wheatley is he has the perfect frame to add muscle and maintain his speed.
2016 DB Patrice Rene -- One of the best looking players in the defensive back group, Rene passes the eye test with his long, lean frame. Earning his first scholarship from Akron at Sound Mind Sound Body, the Canadian athlete isn’t short on confidence and his play only enhanced that approach. Receivers had little room for separation in 1-on-1’s as Rene showed a nice combination of size, speed, and most importantly at corner, instinct. Rene is a tall corner already and a very intriguing prospect with three years left in high school.
2014 DB/WR B.J. Jones -- Emerging out of nowhere in the 1-on-1 portion of the camp Saturday, Jones made plays as a strong, long, cover corner, swatting balls left and right with good closing speed. Jones, a senior at Michigan Collegiate high school, undercut an out route for a very impressive interception, one of his three interceptions in four repetitions. Jones started as a deep safety and it shows, still working on staying low in his back peddle, but Jones playmaking ability and size at cornerback is rare.
2017 Jonathan Sutherland -- A name to keep an eye on, Sutherland will only be a freshman but looks like he’s heading into his junior year. Sutherland is 5-11 and well put together physically at such a young age, often being a little too tough in the 1-on-1’s with receivers. Sutherland is still very raw, primarily playing running back throughout his life, can stick to receivers like glue and get his head around just in time to make a play on the ball. Sutherland has all the tools to be a special talent.