One of the most impressive players at the camp was North Ridgeville's Demario McCall, a 2016 prospect who is one of the most explosive players in his class and was by far the fastest player at camp. A high school running back, he ran routes and caught football with the receivers. He is extremely explosive and catches the football well but must continue to polish his route running, having not played out there before. That is something he must do if he is to play slot, his likely college position, but he also went over to the defensive side of the ball where he also has the potential to play at a high-level as a cornerback. He left little doubt he's one of Ohio's best in that class.
Cleveland St. Ignatius rising junior offensive lineman Liam Eichenberg was right there in contention for being the top prospect there and have a good showing in one on ones. He showed good flexibility, technique, and did very well in pass protection, which is one area that may have been a question going in since he does not play for a pass happy school. He can bend, is strong and looks like he's gotten a little taller and leaned out since we saw him last. He did not look to us like a left tackle still even though he lined up there at the camp, but regardless, he's a high level prospect.
Recent Buckeyes quarterback commit Joey Burrow came and worked with the staff today. He spent a good portion of his time working with head coach Urban Meyer and had a nice day throwing the football. We had a chance to see Burrow at the same camp a year ago and he is a much different player now. He has added good weight and that has helped the velocity has on his passes. He throws the seam and post routes well and is a very coachable kid. He can still keep working on his velocity and mechanics, but he continues to improve his game.
Sioux Falls (SD) Roosevelt rising senior offensive tackle Grant Schmidt came in with an offer from the Buckeyes already. He moved around a little bit from left tackle to guard and seems more comfortable at his natural position of left tackle. That said he could have a future inside based on his size and skill set. He still has to get stronger and improve technically, but he has upside based on his 6-foot-6, 275-pound frame and athleticism. Lakota West (Ohio) George Asafo-Adjei is a wider body kid with a good natural skill set. He was playing a little bit out of position at times at tackle, as we think he may be a guard at the next level, but he competed hard in one on ones and has good tools, but is still raw in pass protection. Fellow Ohioan Hunter Littlejohn is an inside guy who is a tough, blue-collar type lineman. He must continue to work on his pass pro, but showed his speed winning the Smokehouse Race for the offensive line
Drake Jackson, a Kentucky native, is one of the Midwest's best for 2016. Projected as a center at the next level, he showed his normal good technique that we have seen in several events before and also his intensity in pancaking a couple of defensive linemen. He earned a Toledo offer for his performance at camp. Lakota West's Kavanaugh McCartney is another rising junior who had a nice day. Cincinnati La Salle's massive 6-foot-6, 300-pound Thayer Munford and North Allegheny (Pa.) converted tight end Joshua Lugg are two 2017s to look out for.
At wide receiver, Austin Mack of Fort Wayne Bishop Luers had a nice day. He rebounded from a couple of early drops and finished with a very strong especially in the one on ones. He ran two forties in the 4.4-range and showed good burst in running his routes. He is very smooth uses his size well to help body defenders and can go out catch the football in traffic. Dillon Mitchell, a fellow 2016 prospect, was very athletic, fluid and has good body control. He tracked and caught the football very well.
Downers Grove North (Ill.) four-star David Edwards attended camp and it was a good chance for us to see the high school quarterback run routes and catch the ball as a tight end. He has excellent size and big hands and while he showed that he still has to adjust to the position and polish his game there, he is an intriguing possibility because of his frame. His route running and explosiveness off the line are two things he can continue to work on, but he could be a great redzone weapon and may even end up growing into an offensive lineman.
Southfield High's Matt Falcon is an extremely impressive prospect. He has good size and excellent shiftiness and burst for a kid of that size. He also caught the ball very naturally out of the backfield. The question on him was the health of his knee which was injured last year but he looked to be 100% at camp and he has a chance to be a very highly recruited national prospect. Cincinnati La Salle's Jeremy Larkin is a rising junior running back who had a nice day at camp.A few quarterbacks had good days. Javonte Howard (Potomac, Md.) and Will Phillis (Olentangy, Ohio) are two class of 2017 kids who threw it well. Howard isn't as big, but has a good arm. Phillis has the size and all the tools to be very highly recruited. Elijah Robinson (Montclair, NJ) and Mylik Mitchell (Cleveland, Ohio) are two 2015 kids who came in with offers. Robinson is being recruited as an athlete by some schools, but threw it well. Fort Wayne (Ind.) Carroll's class of 2016 quarterback Aidan Smith is a very accurate and mechanically sound prospect who should end up earning offers as the process moves along.