Every week I will do a recruiting evaluation story on players from the game I attend. It will strictly be my take and of course I am just one man so, my opinion isn't the "end all be all".
I went out to Peoria to watch Mt. View and Deer Valley. I was excited to see what Mt. View had coming back and wanted to look at some of Deer Valley's athletes that are getting some college looks.
Mt. View- Everyone knows that the Toros don't typically play with a bunch of D1 kids and this year is no different. They had a few kids that I think could be small school or junior college prospects. Those are kicker Kyle Jenkins and offensive lineman David Hakes.
Jenkins has a pretty strong leg. He kicked most of his kickoffs into the endzone and and did not miss a PAT. He also punts but I liked him better at kicker. I don't think he is a D1 kid but I think he could kick at one of the local junior colleges or at a D2 school.
Hakes has a huge frame. He is listed at 6-5 235 but I think he is more 6-4ish. Either way, he has a frame to add more weight which he will need as he is pretty thin right now. He plays left tackle in Mt. View's run oriented offense. I don't think he is a college left tackle but is probably more of a right tackle. Since Mt. View runs the heck out of the ball, he does not pass protect much, which is another negative. Overall, I think Hakes also is a junior college kid or he could get some attention from the the right 1AA or D2 school.
Ron Mallory- OT/DT- I actually think Mallory has the most upside the most upside of anyone on this team. He is 6-7 270 and has room to gain more weight. He starts on both sides of the ball but I think he is an offensive tackle. He has long arms and is a decent athlete. I still think he is raw but he has the tools. He plays with a bit of a heavy head. He needs to learn to keep his head and shoulders back, especially in pass pro. He will finish defenders but I would like to see him be more consistent with it. He is still a bit of a project but I think Mallory could get attention from some smaller to mid major D1 schools. If not, he will be a JC kid that after developing will have a chance to go D1 after two years.
Jimmy Goad- WR- Goad is big and runs smooth. He gets in and out of his routes and catches the ball with his hands instead of trapping it like many high school kids. Goad's biggest weakness is his speed. He runs in the 4.7 range and will not be much of a deep threat in college. That being said I think he could be a solid possesion receiver with his sure hands. I could see 1AA or smaller D1 schools with a throwing offense give Goad some serious interest.
Dante Sellers- OLB- Sellers will have to gain some weight before he plays in college and he has the frame to do it. He is a pretty good athlete and makes his plays on that ability. I think he needs to work on making his reads and get better in pass defense. Sellers has good enough speed but I would have liked to see him make more plays. He is a player I will have to evaluate in another game.
Alfred Bowden- CB- Has good size but just okay speed. Has the frame to play safety but will have to put on weight. I like the way he hustles. Unfortunately Mt. View did not test him as they only threw the ball 7 times. I will have to watch him again against a team that throws the ball more to see if he has the cover skills.
Bryce Cooper- S/RB- Cooper is a classic kid that is a good high school player but will not be a top end recruit. The kid plays VERY hard. Deer Valley did not play well but Cooper was one of the few that made plays. He took a fumble 70 yards for their only score, made a few good runs and had some quality kick returns. I think he will be a D2 or junior college kid.
Sean Kennemer- OL- He is 6-4 240 and plays right tackle. He plays a bit high but he has a frame and I think will get some junior college interest.
Deer Valley also had a big junior that I want to keep an eye on. Middle backer Jared Beebe is 6-2 215 and has the size to be a college LB.