NFTC Chicago: Linemen Recap

We take a look back at who stood out in a great group of offensive and defensive linemen at Sunday's NIKE Football Training Camp. There were some spirited battles including some between players who will see each other again in college.

We had a chance to see multiple battles between BCS prospects and future Big Ten rivals.

Michigan State commit Brian Allen won the offensive line MVP. He won a large majority of his one on one reps and once again showed great technique, strength and leverage. He stoned a couple guys right off the snap and has the look of a future multi-year starter for the Spartans.

Another Illinois based center, Chicago Mount Carmel's Nathan Oquendo also did very well. Like Allen, he has the right build for the position and has a good solid base, strength and was consistently winning reps in impressive fashion.

The sleeper who emerged was Tanner Farmer (Highland, Ill.). An interior prospect, he battled some of the top defensive linemen there and won. He showed a good ability to slide and redirect and did a nice job with his hands. Another Illinois prospect who may not have a huge offer list, but showed he belongs with the best was J.B. Butler, who we've seen several times this offseason and he has always done well. He can play guard or center and had another good performance.

Wisconsin commit George Panos had a nice day. He has great size and good technique and took on the best of the best and had success. Michigan State commit Chase Gianacakos is another Big Ten commit with great size. He's also athletic for a bigger guy. He's still polishing his game, but has great physical tools. Chanhassen (Minn.) High's Frank Ragnow, who has multiple BCS offers, has good size and strength. He's still learning, but the tools are there. I could see him as an inside guy at the next level.

Waukee (Ia.) junior Ross Reynolds had a nice day. He's a nice athlete who still needs to get stronger, but is a D1 guy. Avon (Ind.) High's Angelo Allen and Chicago De La Salle's Aaron Roberts are two other 2014 kids who project as guards at the next level and had their share of wins during one on ones.

The defensive line MVP was Anthony Love. He's an end-linebacker tweener, but is a good pass rusher and athlete who projects as a hybrid guy at the next level. We did not get to see him drop into coverage, but he can definitely come forward and get the quarterback.

Michigan State commit Enoch Smith had a nice day. He was quick off the ball and blew past a couple of would-be blockers. Ohio State commit Dylan Thompson is big and strong. The finesse aspect of one on ones (they tell you not to bull rush) takes him out of his element somewhat, but his physical strength was still on display. The same goes for Hartland Arrowhead (Wisc.) product Billy Hirschfeld, who has excellent size at 6'6, 270-pounds and is more power than finesse but also flashed good quickness and athleticism.

Southfield (Mich.) junior Lawrence Marshall was quick and athletic in drills, but we did not see him take a ton of reps in the one on ones.

St. John (Ind.) Lake Central's Gelen Robinson had a good day rushing off the edge, as did Crete-Monee's Chris Slayton. Other ends who performed well included University of Detroit Jesuit's Jacari Faulkner, Parkway Central (Mo.) High's long, athletic Jonathan Bonner, and Chicago (Ill.) St. Patrick's Tahjman Davis.

The young guys also did well. Cretin Derham Hall's Jashon Cornell and East St. Louis' Terry Beckner will both be among the top class of 2015 prospects in the Midwest and both have multiple scholarship offers. Neither disappointed as both showed their athleticism and rush ability. Beckner has a big frame and could even grow into an inside guy, where Cornell is more of a hybrid rush guy.

On the inside, Hiawatha (Ks.) junior Peyton Newell, who has multiple scholarship offers, posted good testing numbers and then showed his quickness in the one on ones. Lenny Broyles and Preston Woods both have a couple of offers, none from FBS yet, but both were tough to handle in one on ones. Broyles has good quickness and Woods is a big body.

One big young guy to watch out for is Indianapolis (Ind.) Park Tudor's 6'5, 265-pound sophomore Brandon Tiassum.


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