Core 6 Showcase Ohio - Offensive Standouts

Many of the Midwest's top prospects came out and performed at the Core 6 Showcase in Ohio. Standouts came from several states. Here are some of the best of the best on offense.


Jake Kolbe - Naperville Central (Ill.)
Spins the ball very well and he had one of the best arms in attendance. He has been really impressive the last couple times we've seen him. Not physically imposing but good overall athlete in addition to his arm.

Travis Smith - Ithaca (Mich.)
Not an overpowering arm, but very smooth release, good mechanics, very accurate and places the ball extremely well where only his receivers had a chance to catch it. Very polished, under control and consistent.

Chris Durkin - Youngstown Ursuline (Ohio)
Big, physical kid with a nice arm. He can put some heat on the ball and he's a good athlete with a college ready frame.

Michael Myers - Guerin Catholic (Ind.)
Has good size and a nice arm. He still has some mechanical work to do, but has nice raw tools.

Running Backs
Jarvion Franklin - Tinley Park Andrew (Ill.)
Big, physical kid who has shown he can do a lot of things. He's not just a bruiser. He can catch the ball out of the backfield and does well in pass protection as well.

James Butler - Barlett (Ill.)
Quick kid who got open in the pass game and catches the ball well.

Wide Receiver

Dominique Booth - Indianapolis Pike (Ind.): MVP
He had a fantastic day. He is very physical. He has gotten stronger and kids could not jam him at the line. He caught everything thrown his way including some tough grabs. He definitely raised his stock today.

Jon Vea' Johnson - Gary West Side (Ind.)
Just like last time, he was quick, ran great routes and his stop and start ability made it tough for DBs to stay with him. He had a couple of really nice grabs on balls that weren't perfectly thrown.

Lonnie Johnson - Gary West Side (Ind.)
Went up high to make a couple nice grabs. Stepped over and played some corner too. Raw athlete with great tools: height, speed and leaping ability.

Denzel Tolliver - Proviso West (Ill.)
Was solid at the last showcase, but I thought he was even better today. Made some great grabs including a few highlight reel one-handers and leaping catches in traffic. Tight end-wide receiver tweener, but has a great frame.

Jauan Wesley - Harvey Thornton (Ill.)
Fast, quick, and creates a lot of separation as a result. Did not have as much "wow" factor today as the first camp, but still a very good day and was one of the quickest and best route runners out there.

Cameron Green - Lincolnshire Stevenson (Ill.)
2015 guy who is very long, smooth and athletic. He naturally tracks the ball and catches it effortlessly.

Ian Bunting - Hinsdale Central (Ill.)
Good size and sure hands. He's a wide receiver growing into tight end, and has the frame for it.

Kyle Rachwal - Lapeer East (Mich.)
He's not 6'6 like some of the other tight ends, but he's physical, doesn't let guys push him around and catches the ball consistently.

Offensive Line

Jamarco Jones - Chicago De La Salle (Ill.): MVP
Was matched up against the best of the best and more than held his own. He won his reps and showed good athleticism.

Ka'John Armstrong - Detroit Loyola (Mich.)
Light on his feet, and is still learning, but has raw tools. Still needs to get stronger and develop his punch, but he has upside and is very coachable.

Jacob Appleman - Mishawaka Marian (Ind.)
Did much better here than the other Showcase. Part of that was moving inside, where he seemed much more comfortable. Did well as a center.

J.B. Butler - Joliet Catholic Academy (Ill.)
Another who did well on the inside. He has shown he can play center and although he does not have an offer yet, he looks like he could end up receiving them soon.

Evan Mallory - Brownsburg (Ind.)
2015 kid who has nice size and had some good battles with a few of the top defensive linemen. Certainly one to keep an eye on.

Anthony Herbert - Lapeer East (Mich.)
Another class of 2015 kid who won some 1-1 battles. Can play either side of the ball, but has performed at guard/O-Line the last few times we've seen him.

Gene's Page Top Stories