"Best of the Midwest" combine recap
The 4th annual "Best of the Midwest" combine was held in Indianapolis on Monday, February 18. Some of the top players from Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Illinois showcased their skills for the media. Players hailing from Indiana, plus Notre Dame targets, that stood out: - 2014 SS Drue Tranquill (Carroll HS, Fort Wayne, IN) – 6'2", 200… Tremendous ball skills... Had a textbook interception by the hashes during 1v1... ran 4.5 flat in the 40… He's training with AWP Sports Performance in Fort Wayne, which continually trains the best guys in Indiana. Hearing from Indiana, Illinois and Michigan State… No football offers, but has a couple for baseball… Asked him if there's any schools he'd like to hear from and he answered "Notre Dame" ... says he's hoping to get there for a junior day. In my opinion, this was the MVP of the combine. - 2015 DE Jashon Cornell (Cretin-Durham Hall, St. Paul, Minn.) – 6'4", 220… Ran 4.47 in the shuttle and 4.71 in the 40-yard dash… Physically dominant in the 1v1 drills… No offers yet but that will change quickly, and he could be one of the best defensive ends in the country before it's all over… Said he was going to visit South Bend with teammate cornerback Tim Gordon at the conclusion of the combine. - 2015 S/RB Mykelti Williams (Warren Central HS, Indianapolis, IN) - 5'11", 185… Touts an Indiana offer… Really athletic…Good body movement/stays close to the ground…Excels in Warren Central's pass rush… Visited Notre Dame last season. - 2014 CB Donovan Clark (Southside HS, Fort Wayne, IN) – 5'10", 170… Energetic playmaker… Ran a 4.58, touts an offer from Indiana, but Iowa is the favorite... Also hearing from Illinois and Michigan State… He is also training with AWP in Fort Wayne. Really liked this kid. - 2014 WR Cameron Polk (Hamilton Southeastern NS, Fishers, IN) – 6'2", 170… Only holds an offer from Massachusetts, but he'll be another one to bring in offers this spring and summer… Ran close to a 4.40 in the 40-yard dash. *** Physically, defensive back Darius West of Ohio's Lima Central Catholic was head and shoulders above anyone else there, but I don't believe he had a standout day during combine 1v1. This kid is a competitor though, and he looks great on film. An offer from Ohio State could happen any day now. He says he's hearing quite a bit from Notre Dame as well. *** I didn't get a chance to personally watch 2014 LB Brandon Lee of Lawrence Central (Indianapolis), but I spoke with him afterwards. He says he hasn't really been in contact with the Notre Dame coaches since before signing day and the national championship. Holds offers from Louisville, Kentucky, Iowa, Indiana, and NC State, among others… generating Michigan interest. *** One expected to be in attendance who holds a Notre Dame offer, quarterback Jayru Campbell, didn't make it because Cass Tech's (Detroit) bus broke down. It's unknown how much interest Campbell is still receiving from Notre Dame at this point. Note: Expect stories this week on some at the combine who performed well and are receiving/may receive Irish interest. Be on the lookout for additional breakdowns of the entire crop of combine standouts from our Midwest analysts.
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