Wolverine Prospects Shine in Orlando

The ESPN Rise Gridiron Kings event had great talent from all across the country at it. There were several Michigan prospects in attendance. Scout.com's regional analyst Allen Trieu was on hand and gave GBW his impressions of the Wolverine targets.

Austin White – RB – Livonia Stevenson (Mich.)
The Michigan commitment had a good overall showing at this event. Early in the day, he had a couple drops, but his play got stronger and stronger as the tournament went along and he finished as one of the top receivers on the Midwest squad. He gets deep very well on wheel routes and caught a deep touchdown on that particular route. He also did a good job catching swing passes out of the backfield and finding the sticks for a couple first downs. His ability to run routes and catch the ball are among his assets. Running backs don't usually do a ton in 7-7s, but he is an exception to that.

Marvin Robinson - S/LB- Lake Region (Fla.)
Robinson plays safety in high school, but has worked at linebacker at a couple camps this summer and will likely play the hybrid role at Michigan. Immediately, his physique stands out as he is built like a college player already. He has a stone cold demeanor on the field. He takes the game seriously and even after he made a great play, jumped a route and ran an interception back almost for a touchdown, he still had the same, stren look. He runs like a safety, but he is growing into a weakside linebacker's body and that is not a bad thing. I think he'll be ideal for that hybrid spot for the Wolverines.

Latwan Anderson - S - Cleveland Glenville (Ohio)
This kid plays with a lot of attitude (in a good way). He is a ballhawk back there at safety and uses his speed and acceleration to cover a lot ground. He ended up winning defensive MVP after making five interceptions in three games, taking two back for touchdowns. He breaks fast on the ball and despite not being super tall, he goes up and shows excellent ball skills. His main attributes are his speed and instincts though. He had one great interception where he got all the way over to the sideline, jumped in front of the receiver and came down with one foot in bounds.

Joshua Shaw - CB - Palmdale (Ca.)
A relatively new prospect on the Wolverine board, Shaw had a good showing. He is bigger (6'1, 180) and is physical. He was good in press coverage and I saw him give a few receivers a tough time getting off the line. He is not a blazer, but he has decent speed and good ball skills. He looked to me like a kid who could play some safety and that may even be a better spot for him ultimately. What I saw though, was a gamer and a tough kid who didn't mind mixing it up.

Alex Smith - TE - Lakota West (Ohio)
Smith is a naturally bigger kid who caught his share of passes, particularly in the last game. He's not really a field stretching type tight end, but runs pretty well and has good hands. He could still improve some of his explosiveness, but he looked comfortable in the passing game and he also looked like a kid who has a naturally big frame, but still had plenty of room for growth. The way he played today, I could see him becoming a real red zone threat in college.

Cullen Christian - CB - Penn Hills (Pa.)
A bigger cornerback who is always solid whenever I see him. He is tough, physical and long and that helps him make up for not having blazing speed. He had pretty good coverage all day, although I would like to see him make a few more plays on the ball. With his size, I still think he could be a good fit at safety, although he has shown me throughout the summer that he has a lot of potential at cornerback. With college coaching, I think he will be a very solid player at the next level.

Brandon Ifill - WR - Penn Hills (Pa.)
He could play wide receiver or safety at the next level. I've always seen him as more of a defensive back, but he played exclusively at wide receiver today. He made a few catches, but was fairly quiet. He is a good athlete, just more of a DB to me.

Dior Mathis - CB - Detroit Cass Tech (Mich.)
He was also fairly quiet, but that is a good thing when you're a cornerback. I really only saw him give up two competions on the day and he split time between cornerback, free safety and wide receiver. He played offensive sparingly, but made an impact when he caught a curl, spun the opposite way the defender was breaking, left him and burst down the field for a big gain. He showed his speed again and his summer workouts have gotten him bigger and stronger and it has shown at the last few camps he has been to.

Dietrich Riley - S - St. Francis (LaCanada, Ca.)
Riley could play a few positions in college, but I like him at safety. He is a nice sized kid, with football smarts and he showed them, jumping a couple routes for pass breakups today. He is not a burner, but he is solid in the speed department and that matters less when you see how he is almost always in the right position.

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