Quarterback commitment Devin Gardner was impressive. He showed improved mechanics and arm strength. He was really throwing some darts out there and his release looked much better and higher than it had before. He is clearly working on his mechanics and passing and it really shows.
He was throwing to two future Wolverines in Ricardo Miller and Jerald Robinson. Miller is very big and physical, but Robinson was the most impressive player there today. He has outstanding ball skills and leaping ability. He went high to snag several passes up high. There was some thought he would be a safety in college. While that still may happen, he sure looked the part at wide receiver today.
Other rising senior receivers who stood out included Marcus Beaurem, Utica Eisenhower's cat quick slot receiver. Martez Kelly from Warren Mott is big, at 6'2, 190-lbs and he has great ball skills. He isn't a blazer, but he has timing and hands on his side. Inkster's duo of Jonathan Taylor and Vorheese Zanders had a nice day. Taylor is smooth and catches the ball well, but needs to be more aggressive. Zanders runs good routes and creates nice separation. Saginaw's speedy Greg Hayes made a few plays today as well. Another Warren Mott receiver, Torico Searcy is smaller, but very quick.
In the rising junior class, DeAnthony Arnett of Saginaw showed us the same things he has before: smooth routes and quickness. He dropped a few catchable balls today, but that is not the norm for him. Highland Park's Jermal Hosley is speedy and ran by a lot of defensive backs today. He is a prospect to keep an eye on for next year. New Baltimore Anchor Bay's Taiwan Jones is huge at 6'3, 210-lbs. He worked out at wideout today, but may grow into an H-Back type or a linebacker. Another big kid, Kristopher Frost of Butler (N.C.) had a really nice day, catching several tough passes and showing a lot of upside. Having seen him last year, I think he has really grown into his body and has shed the awkwardness that was apparent a year ago.
Of the running backs, Nick Hill from Chelsea had the best day. He has great feet and showed that in drills. He had a decent day catching the ball, but running it really is his forte. The twins from Inkster, Daniel Lindsey and Nathan Lindsey also showed well running routes and catching the ball, although they may also be defensive backs in college.
On the offensive line, Charlevoix's Bill Ivan at tackle and a junior prospect Anthony Zettel of West Branch (Mich.) both have turned some heads.
Defensive side to come later in the day