At any summer camp, scouting agencies and coaching staffs want to know who the big names are in attendance. Meanwhile, hiding in the shadows and background of the highly sought-after are those that may not yet have offers. On Friday, the Toledo Rockets will host their second camp of summer at The Glass Bowl. Over 400 recruits will be in attendance with over 100 out of the state of Michigan. One of those recruits out of Southeast Michigan is Egerton Abulu Jr., a 2018 offensive lineman who doubles as a defensive end.
Abulu is six-foot, five-inches and 235-pounds, so he certainly fits the mold of a Division-One lineman. Despite his size, Abulu is looking for his first offer.
For Abulu Jr. he says Toledo really stands out. The Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's product will be leaving it all on the field in on Friday in order to go after offer number one.
"I really just want to go to camp Friday to further build my relationship with the school and coaching staff. I really want to show them my tools and what I can offer to Toledo. If all of that goes well, hopefully I'll pick up my first offer," he continued.
"Besides Toledo's winning tradition in the past, they really have a great connection with their players and I feel with the way Coach Hallett and Coach George run their lines, I feel I can fit right in," Abulu Jr. stated about the schemes of the Rockets, "Plus, the atmosphere at Toledo is like no other."
Another recruit making the trip to Northwest Ohio on Friday night in 2018 quarterback, Brayden Hawkins of York Comprehensive High School in South Carolina. Hawkins will make the trip to Toledo, Ohio for Friday's camp in search of his first offer. Despite looking for number one, Hawkins has had several major football programs showing interest, including programs like Florida, Georgia, Miami (OH), Penn State, Maryland, amongst others.
"The reason I like Toledo is that I like their offense and I think it's a school that I could come in and play early," Hawkins stated, "I like the smaller town feel as well."
Friday's trip to Ohio will be Hawkins' first time seeing campus. This summer, Hawkins looks to take several trips to many different camps around the country due to schools wanting to see him throw.
"Well, I've had a lot of school wanting me to come and throw for them. I picked five, one from each bigger conference and of the Mid-American Conference schools, I really like Toledo," Hawkins told us. "I really like the direction Toledo is going in and I feel like I could contribute there."
Hawkins, a six-foot, three-inch pro-style quarterback who weighs in at 210-pounds, has the arm strength of a Class of 2017 recruit. Then, you factor in that he will be just a junior this fall and has an extra year to grow, which has those 'Power Five' programs interested.
"My strengths are my arm and brain, I have a great defensive-minded coach that has taught me how to read defenses," Hawkins stated on his strength. As for his weakness? "I'm just too hard on myself," Hawkins added.
As a sophomore at York High School, Hawkins threw for 2,658 yards along with 17 touchdowns in a spread-style offense. Hawkins will now look to impress the Rockets' coaching staff when he steps onto campus on Friday in hopes of landing that first offer.
Toledo Scout would like to thank Nick Pennisi for his contribution to this article. We will keep you posted on the latest from Friday's camp from our local writers and will have several interviews following camp. Stay tuned to Toledo Scout.