Last year it was all about Reggie Smith
and the buzz created around him, despite the fact that he was at
In this evening's 7 on 7
competition, McMichael's size and athleticism proved too much for the defense,
McMichael tested well on the day, running a 4.7/40, recording a shuttle time in the mid-fours as well as vertical jumping over 30 inches. With his measurables along with his size (6 foot, 5 inches, 230 pounds), McMichael at first glance appears to be a solid overall athlete with an even more solid up-side.
McMichael has been looked at as
Another out of the land of lakes was linebacker Tommy Becker. Perhaps a little unsung, Becker didn't let that stop him from impressing enough to warrant an individual drill after the initial day-session of day one was done.
Becker tested well, the 6 foot, 2 inch, 242 pound middle linebacker running a 4.42 shuttle along with jumping an impressive 30 inches. Becker didn't do the forty. Last year for Wayzetta high school in
Right now, he's holding an offer
Becker's individual drill was actually a duet of sorts, Tommy joined by fellow linebacker Scott Bayer. Bayer is an in-state product, playing both LB and fullback for Howell high school, the state's leading 8-man football power. They have not lost a game in the last 5 years.
Bayer, probably for me was the most impressive as I didn't really expect a lot from him, despite his impressive physique. You start off with the 4.68/40 he ran inside of Cook Pavilion, Bayer also showed that laterally, from a three-point stance and from the up-position, he was quick to the ball, exhibited pretty solid feet and his style of play is very aggressive.
For the evening, his team went 3-0 in 7 on 7 competition.
Right now, Bayer said that he's
gotten the usual form letters from a few places,
It's likely that if
Scott has the potential, though, and the athleticism to make for a potent prospect for someone and you never know, this year could be his year to shine.
Howells high school has one 5 consecutive state titles and while Bayer has been there, he's never known a loss.
Speaking of loss or actually, the
opposite of it, standing at 6 foot, 9 inches tall and weighing around 390
What surprised me initially was the fact that this mountain of a young man could reach all the way down, knees not bending a bit and he could touch his toes. For you gymnasts out there, that's not a big deal, but for most of us average people, that's almost amazing.
What I found even more amazing was my speculation that Spiekerman would be around 6.0 seconds or worse for his forty was actually too high, Eric actually posting a 5.9 and when you look at the extra
After what little he has done, Eric still has much to prove, but I've already seen in him something I didn't think I would see; potential and decent potential at that. If you take just 30 pounds off the kid, I think you see someone that might have a bright future and the lack of that extra weight would help on his knees, Spiekerman already having undergone two scopes on both of his knees.
Speaking of bigguns, another made
it from Washington, Cody Habben, coming home, so to speak, the
Cody said that he's certainly
As first sessions and first days go, this one was textbook, Tim Cassidy once again putting on an organized and methodical testing session for local and national preps. And with first days, it's the chances for those never having been to a camp like McMichael to get their feet wet with the experience.
McMichael's was just a one day experience, most of the rest going for two more days before they'll finish off their summer experience with the fastest man competition along with the 7 on 7 title game.
Tomorrow, everyone will don the pads and helmets and this is where you should see the men separate themselves from boys.
- Jordan McMichael tweaked either a hamstring or a calf muscle towards the end of 7 on 7 competition, but appeared to be fine, leaving with only a moderate limp
- In attendance were a variety of future Huskers; Frantz Hardy, Barry Turner and Chris Brooks taking in the show. Current Huskers helping out at the camp were some of the usual suspects like Greg Austin, Le Kevin Smith and Titus Brothers.
There were approximately 300 kids in attendance from around 20
different states in the continental
For another view of camp and a more in-depth look at Jordan McMichael, here's staff writer Justin Stoller's report on the day that was at NU:
gather 288 kids who want to get better and possibly play football in college,
you're bound to find a few studs.
Day one of session one for the
The first day of this camp was more about administration according to Tim Cassidy and so the competition aspect was lower than normal. The kids did get the chance to complete all the testing the coaches wanted done. There weren't any blazing 40 yard dashes but a few solid times were turned in by kids who are actually some of the biggest there. After testing the kids went through an hour of "practice" in which they broke down into positions and went through a few drills. Next came a short break and the nightcap was seven on seven while the offensive lineman lifted over at the stadium weight room.
most impressive person at day one of the camp was TE/DE Jordan McMichael. I watched
During the drills, McMichael had more
than a few fancy catches and all this was without his special gloves. He joked about saving those for the
seven on seven drills. It wasn't
funny for the defense though once he put them on during seven on seven as
McMichael scored three touchdowns.
He also flashed great athleticism as he lined up at OLB during seven on
seven and chased down a lot of ball carriers. Good footwork and a great frame for the
position shows exactly why McMichael has the impressive list of offers. This was his only day of camp though; he
plans on visiting other camps across the
admits he doesn't have any favorites and is very open still to all teams
recruiting him. He plans on going
to a few other camps and isn't in a hurry to make a decision. He liked what he saw here in