QB Sharpley Highlights Iowa Combine

Today, Sunday, was the Iowa Nike Camp. And of course GoBlueWolverine was there - in force! Here is our camp overview -- with the headliner being <b>Evan Sharpley</b>, quarterback from Marshall, Mich.<br><br> This is the first of several first-hand GBW reports and interviews on the Iowa Nike Camp and follow-up Elite 11 Tryout.<br><br> And we will be bringing you more first-hand reports and interviews on the PSU Nike as well.

The combine was held at the Iowa University football practice facilities. For some reason the camp was 'locked out' of the football building and indoor football field (a'soft-sided' 'bubble'). So the whole camp was held outdoors, even the bench press. The Iowa football complex, and for that matter their whole athletic complex, is quite attractive, and the outdoor football practice fields include one grass field and one 'field turf' field. Iowa, by the way, is joining Michigan State in being the next Big Ten schools to build a new press box and luxury boxes -- the Iowa construction begins after this season.

The Nike combine:

First off, when we arrived we were disappointed to find that Tom Lemming was hosting the top Illinois and Wisconsin kids at Wrigley Field in Chicago the same day (stay tuned for a GBW report from Lemming). So that eliminated the top Illinois kids -- except for quarterback Jake Christianson who made it down to Iowa City for the EA Elite 11 quarterback tryouts that ocurred when the regular Nike Camp ended (stay tuned for a report on THAT as well -- Christianson was not the only top Midwest quarterback who made it down for the Elite 11 tryouts!).

Soon however, we spotted top Iowa offensive lineman Matt Pipho, and top Iowa tight end Zach Potter, and we felt a bit better. And then we spotted the Sharpleys -- quarterback Evan and his father -- from Marshall, Mich. My Sharpley told us, "We came down for the camp and the Elite 11 trouts afterwards. So Even will throw in the position drills, but he's not going to do any of ther testing drills (so no 40, shuttle, vertical or bench press for him). He's been busy with baseball -- Evan is a pitcher -- so we'll see how he does today (note: Mr. Sharpley didn't have to worry!)" We spent much of the day chatting on and off with Mr. Sharpley -- snippets of our chats with him will appear in a separate interview.

Here are scouting reports on the 'tow-heads': Evan Sharpley, Matt Pipho, and Zach Potter.

Quarterback Evan Sharpley from Marshall, Mich.
Evan looked 6-2 1/2 and 200 pounds. In a uniform he would remind Michigan fans of Brian Griese, except Evan is more mobile and has a better arm. Evan has good mobility, and good ability to throw on the run. His arm is strong and very 'live', his form is polished (even though he is pitching on the Marshall baseball team right now) and he throws a beautiful, picture-perfect spiral. And he has very good accuracy as well. A lot of the passing drills were done into a fairly gusty 10-15 mph wind or into a cross wind, and Evan had plenty of arm to drill the tough throws into the wind. Evan will make a very good Big Ten quarterback somewhere -- and if his final destination is Michigan, Wolverine fans will be very happy. See more scouting report on Evan in our recap of the Elite 11 tryouts.

Offensive lineman Matt Pipho from La Porte City Union, Iowa.
From the rear we thought we were looking a a bleached-haired Grant Debenedictus. Pipho measured 6-6, 270 lbs, and looks almost slender. This kid is totally raw, but, we believe, will grow and develop into a very good left tackle. He told us he ran a 5.19 sec. 40, and a very good 4.66 sec. shuttle. He had a very good 26 bench press reps, and also had an excellent 31 inch vertical! As we said, he is very athletic looking, but looks like a tight end -- his body is almost skinny, especially his upper body. In drills Pipho was very agile and athletic, but he was quite raw technique-wise, and because of that got beat at times in the one-on-one OL-DL drills.. In short, Pipho is raw (so you get the idea we think he is RAW?) but should develop into a very good 300 pounder someday. We did a short interview with Matt, which will appear in a separate story.

Tight end Zach Potter from Omaha, Neb., Creighton Prep.
We include a brief report on Potter, even though he told us he is not listing Michigan (the Iowa and Kansas schools, and Notre Dame were the schools he told us). But Zach is a huge tight end -- 6-7+ and 260+ pounds, and looked very good in the tight end drills. He should be a good college player somewhere.

Other kids spotted who have mentioned Michigan:
Tight end Kazeem Alli from Florissant, Mo., Hazelwood Central.

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