Wt: 225 pounds
Recruiting Notes: Committed to Minnesota
Leidner has great size and looks good standing in the pocket. He has a strong arm and can throw the ball quickly and accurately as long as he has enough time to set his feet and throw. When pressure comes off the edge, he does a nice job of stepping up in the pocket to give himself more time to throw or would run the ball. When he chose to run, he proved he can move rather well for a quarterback of his size, and it usually took at least two North defenders to bring him down.
However, when pressure came up the middle, he seemed to struggle at times and would either throw the ball into the ground or hold onto it too long and take a sack, which happened four times in this game. He also showed a tendency to lock onto his receivers early, which he can get away with at times because of the speed and accuracy he throws with, but it also led to two interceptions and at least one more that should have been picked off but the defender dropped it. This is something that he will need to work on if he wants to succeed at the next level.
Finally, the biggest concern that came out of this game is the fact that Leidner simply failed to move his team down the field for most of the night, with the South offense scoring only six points and converting only 3 of 11 on third downs. Leidner finished the game throwing for 138 yards with 10 completions and 20 attempts. He also threw one touchdown and two interceptions.
Wt: 185 pounds
With all the hype surrounding Leidner coming into this game, it was Heid who really shined as he led his Lakeville North team to a 30 – 6 victory over Lakeville South. Heid's biggest strength is his ability to run and avoid pressure. He led his team in rushing with 97 yards on 18 carries and two TDs as he proved to be too much for the South defense to handle most of the game.
Using his arm and his legs, he guided his team down the field efficiently, converting on third down 4 of 7 times and throwing for 107 yards and one touchdown in addition to his two rushing touchdowns. Heid seemed in total command of his offense and made the big plays when his team needed them. He has a nice touch to his throws and delivers the ball well on the move too.
Some things that could be improved are his arm strength and developing a quicker release on his throws, but his intangibles and overall athleticism should be enough for him to be successful in college. The most important job for a quarterback is to keep the chains moving and put points on the board, and Heid is very capable of doing that. He also handles all of the punting and kicking duties for North, making him even more valuable as an all-around athlete.
Other Notable Players
Wt: 180 pounds
Bzoskie is a very disciplined route runner, showing good balance and body position getting in and out of his breaks and has good hands too. He also does a nice job finding himself open against zone coverage. His biggest weakness, though, is his lack of speed. He struggles to get open at times, especially against man coverage, because he doesn't have the break-away speed or the burst needed coming out of his breaks to get separation from defensive backs.
Wt: 165 pounds
Heller runs good routes, is very quick getting in and out of his breaks, and has exceptional hands. He made a pair of diving catches in the game against Lakeville North that were very impressive. He finished the game with six catches for 104 yards. He doesn't have elite speed, and he is smaller than the typical D-I prospect, but he could turn into a very good inside receiver at the next level if given an opportunity somewhere.
Wt: 250 pounds
Manikowski is a player who has the potential to be a very good player at the next level, but probably not as an offensive lineman due to his size. However, with a little time and coaching he could turn into a bruising fullback. He is strong, plays hard, is very physical, and moves well for his size. He does a nice job using his hands, locking onto defenders and finishing the blocks by driving with his legs. He also earned his team's "Toughman Award" and displays the same attitude and determination off the field as well, maintaining a 3.85 GPA. Moving him to fullback might be a gamble, but if Manikowski learns the position quickly he could really have a big impact on his college team.
Wt: 220 pounds
Lampert could develop into a relentless player in a few years if he adds some weight to his frame, which he should have no trouble doing. He uses his long arms well to engage offensive lineman and keep them off him while fighting through blocks. He also plays with a high motor and shows good strength and tenacity getting after the ball, always keeping his feet moving. He also does an excellent job setting the edge on the defense and forcing plays back inside. One thing he will need to improve is his stance. He lines up with both feet back too far which makes him slow getting off the ball at times.
Wt: 265 pounds
Ziemer is a player who will most likely get some D-I looks primarily because of his size. He looks good at times and shows the ability to set his feet well and maintain good balance while getting a good punch on the pass rusher. He also has the flexibility to put his hand on the ground and get his back flat. Where he struggles, though, is with his foot speed. He often was too slow coming out of his stance and getting his feet in position to cut of defenders and make his block. If he improves his quickness and learns to take better angle steps he could develop into a very good lineman.