We'd expected today's Nike Combine at Ohio State University to be a bit if a ho-hummer. But it was anything BUT a ho-hummer -- it was a smash! Where do we start? How about with our Top Three Performers! <br><br>
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Okay, we're back from the OSU practice facilities, and have taken several showers to get clean! (Actually, the OSU facilities are new, and enviably impressive except for the weight room which was surprisingly underwhelming).
Here are our top three (one caveat -- we did not pay that much attention to kids who have not expressed at least a passing interest in
Michigan). Note: Muskegon Mich. DT
was not in attendance.
GoBlueWolverine's Top Three: #1A/#1B/#1C.
from Jackson, Michigan. Antonio is one of those kids who looks taller and bigger every time we see him -- and he is not as tall as his father who was there with him. Antonio measured 6-2 1/2, 193 lbs. (all stats are as reported to us by the kids themselves), and ran a 4.4 sec. 40. He scratched his shuttle (as did a lot of kids ... the field turf surface caussed a lot of slipping during the shuttle). Antonio spent most of the day at quarterback, where he ended up in the 'second' group. However, when he took snaps at wide receiver during the quarterback-wideout-DB drills (the culminating event of the camp), we thought we'd seen the 2nd coming of
Cameron Colvin -- except Antonio is stronger.
At wideout he manhandled the poor defensive backs, and he had a 'cruise drive' speed on the deep post patterns that gave him easy home-run separation. And with his great strength he caught bombs like they were puff balls -- effortlessly with his fingertips. Antonio did not work out at DB, but he would be a natural there as well -- either as a safety or as a physical CB. We talked to Antonio and his dad numerous times during the day -- and of course he will be a Michigan Camper.
Ohio, St. Xavier. We did not ask the three-time Michigan Camper for his stats, but his reported 6-6, 225 lbs., looked correct in height and a little low in weight ... he may be up to 235 or so. Schoenhoft was a surprise! The three-time Michigan Camper has a ROCKET for an arm. The top-group QB-WR-DB drills were done into
a pretty stiff breeze, and only Rob was not bothered by the wind. His deliveries were on the money and 'ropes', even the 40 yard post patterns. Think
John Navarre -- but with a bit more mobility.
Rob had decent mobility in the early mobility drills -- but he is definitely a Navarre-style pocket passer. We talked to Robby and his dad on and off during the day, and Rob told us he'd be at the Michigan Camp once again this summer for a day.
#1C. Wide receiver Ryan Allison
from Lake Orion, Mich. The brother of incoming frosh Roger was another surprise -- surprises are what made this camp! Ryan made a spectacular catch during the QB-WR-DB drills that had the spectators ohhhing (photo at right), and check out these stats: 6-3, two absolutely amazing 40 heats of 4.31 and 4.28 secs., a 36.2 inch vertical jump. We had to ask Ryan twice what his 40 times were -- we thought at first that maybe he'd given us his shuttle times instead (as it turns out he was another who scratched his shuttle times due to slipping).
And one look at him is enough to confirm that he is 'an Allison' -- not only does he look like Roger but he is obviously joining brother-Roger (and
) as weight room warriors. We talked to Ryan on and off during the day -- and he told us he plans to return for the second year in a row to the Michigan Camp.
Photos by Don Hoekwater, GoBlueWolverine Magazine