GBW scouts Matt Couch, 2 top Pa. sophs.

GBW headed over the Susquehanna river in East Pa. Friday night to see the Middletown Blue Raiders take on host, the East Pennsboro Panthers in early Mid-Penn Conference (Liberty Division) game. Scouted: Ol Matt Couch (who visited U-M yesterday), and sophs QB Kelvin White and RB Rodney Ramsey.

Game Note: Middletown won the game 20 -7, running off 20 unanswered points following a 7-0 halftime deficit. East Pennsboro's only score came on the possession of the game on a yard TD run by running back Blake Wheeler. Rodney Ramsey had touchdowns runs of 1 and 35 yards, while Marcus Hile caught a 4 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Aaron Lupia.

#67 Matt Couch 6'2" 275 OG/C Senior East Pennsboro Panthers
(Note: Mat was a visitor for a half day during the '08 U-M camp, and again this past Saturday for the Utah game).

Despite a tough loss to open up his the Panthers season, not much blame can be tossed Couch's way. He played on both sides of the ball, making several tackles from his nose tackle position, without ever showing signs of fatigue. Couch is the starting center for his offense, although he flip flopped over to offensive guard on certain plays. His home at the next level appears to be center, as he gets the ball up quick and bully's whoever is in front of him. Most impressive was his footwork and blocking in pass pro. Couch is a very fundamentally sound football player who is also quick on feet.


#16 Kelvin White 6'2" 205 QB Sophomore East Pennsboro Panthers

White wasn't the starter, but was forced to play when the Panthers starting quarterback got knocked out the game midway through 4th quarter. He played with the swagger and the moxy of someone who had been playing all game long. He immediately took control of an offense that had been stagnant for the majority of the 2nd half. After starting deep in his own territory, White quickly drove the team down field with pinpoint passing and balls that were perfectly placed. When the defense started bringing pressure he showed good mobility evading the rush while keeping his eyes downfield. The drive didn't end in a score as Middletown got smart and dropped 8 back in coverage forcing a pick, but White showed he is one to keep an eye on.


#34 Rodney Ramsey 6'0" 190 RB Sophomore Middletown Blue Raiders

There has been a lot of talk about this kid for a couple years now, as his bloodlines are legendary in Central Pennsylvania. Ramsey lived up to the hype and then some in his first varsity game. Was used quite a bit on tosses and seeps, where he showed surprising vision and patience for a back his age. Ramsey has great moves, and loves to use the spin move in the open field, although he does not hesitate to lower his shoulder to move the chains. Has the size and aggressiveness to be a difference maker on defense as well. He's a talent for sure, one that folks should remember.

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