Day two of session two now finds itself a part of history. Ok, nothing so melodramatic, but it sounded good, eh? The "bigguns" took the limelight yesterday and once again they made a push for face-time today. Not to be outdone by the giants, there were some skill position players that rose straight to the top.
Offensive lineman, Daniel
Borg didn't disappoint.
Borg showed everything of what you expect from someone that has double-digit offers in writing. Good feet, good hands and of course, he's hard as hell to move. Being strong as an ox didn't hurt, especially in individual drills where he was matched up primarily with Overton standout, Orion Matthies.
It was an interesting duel between the two as they were executing a variety of
|When the Insiders' rankings comes|
out in approximately a week, Daniel
Borg should find himself rated as
amongst the nation's best.
Matthies gave as good as he got from Borg and while Daniel was the more physical of the two, Matthies showed what I thought to be better hands, Matthies maneuvering Borg around at times. To me, these are both quality linemen with drastically different recruiting tails to tell. From the way it looks though, I just can't see Nebraska not offering Orion before too long.
Another that fought his way into the stand-offs of the big men was DE/OL, Nate Fehr. The Millard North star got in and battled, but was not as polished at the position as either Matthies or Borg. Not long on size, Fehr weighing in at just 260 lbs., that was going to be a problem. But, his hands and
|DE, Nate Fehr (#60) work with Jared|
Elliot in an individual drill in front of
NU O-line coach, Dennis Wagner. As
large as Fehr is, it was obvious how
far he still has to go to play the
position he's being recruited for the
most, offensive tackle.
Another that competed with the lineman was a prospect we mentioned earlier, TE, David Harvey of McDonough high school in Maryland. Harvey certainly had the height, but was easily the lightest of everyone there, thus making it hard for him to match up in certain drills. I personally see that Harvey would be better suited for the offensive line position as his speed just doesn't show a lot of promise at tight end. He'll have to put on some size and work on his technique, but again, with a year to go, there's some room to develop. And, Harvey definitely has the frame for another 40 lbs.
Jared Elliot, another that I covered in the prior piece, once again was amongst those working in the drills. Once again, he showed good power, good energy, but even he stated that today probably wasn't his day. "I don't know, my head just didn't seem to be in it today." Jared said. "Not sure why, but it just wasn't there." Even when it's not "there" for Elliot, because of his size, he's still a dramatically imposing individual. Today might have been a set-back for Elliot, but it was a minor one. And, there is still another day.
Moving away from the guys playing the down-position, there was another Millard North star that made his presence known. Jake Behrens, a fullback for this powerhouse of a team wasn't an unknown commodity,
|Millard North's, Jake Behrens showed
over the two days of this three day camp.
From his feet to his surprisingly good hands,
Behrens should have almost cemented an
offer for himself from NU.
Jake showed just what he could do.
In an individual drill where the coaches had Behrens fielding punts, Jake fielded approximately twenty straight without dropping one. On top of that, Behrens showed good explosiveness after the catch and a very good change of direction. I personally didn't know much about Jake other than the fact that he was a capable blocker and strong as a couple of horses. Behrens showed everything though, from being able to cut to his straight-line speed (4.6/40).
And, that was on offense.
|Jake Behrens grabbed two
in the first game of 7 on 7. Throughout
the entirety of camp, Behrens has had to
of improved his stock dramatically.
Before you get too excited though, Behrens does have an offer from Colorado and while I'm not sure how legit the interest is from the Behrens family towards the Buffs, Jake is also looking at schools like Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Kansas State, Georgia Tech and Iowa. If any of those teams comes up with an offers as well, NU is by no means a sure-thing.
There were a few players that came out of nowhere, but the one I was most impressed by was LB, Darren
|LB, Darren Thompson even with a
ligament in his ankle was able to show alot
of athletic versatility. Thompson tested good
in the 40, showed a decent burst on the field
in 7 on 7 and has the right frame for playing
the inside position.
Thompson did say that he was participating in this camp with a strained ligament in his ankle. If that's true, what we saw with a strain is pretty darn impressive and I would be very curious to see what this young man could do at full speed. He was grabbing quite a bit of attention from the coaches, so this name could be one to watch for the future.
And, so ends day two of session two where the creme started rising to the top. Players like A.J. Wallace continued to impress while players like Darren Thompson showed that aren't to be ignored. And, even a celebrity like Daniel Borg came in and showed just why he was one of the more touted kids around. I'll tell you what though, Orion Matthies isn't far behind.
Tomorrow are the championship rounds of 7 on 7 and the "fastest man" competition as this session winds to a close. Right now, the early money is on A. J. Wallace. We'll see how that pans out.
Steve Ryan can be reached at SteveRyan@BigRedReport.com or 402-730-5619