Head Coach Mike Kirschner is excited about the upcoming season at Ben Davis High School as he returns several prospects that should continue adding to the number of players the program has sent to play college football. Scout.com got a chance to watch a few of them go through drills Thursday night along with many college coaches.
What players impressed Scout.com?
CLASS OF 2015
Asmar Bilal – Linebacker
Bilal is the player everyone came to see and for good reason. At 6-foot-3, 205-pounds, Bilal has a high skill set with his fluid movement and cutting ability. A great athlete, Bilal is going to make someone very happy when he makes his college decision as he should be a player capable of playing early in his career as he adds more bulk to his frame.
Norman Oglesby – Defensive Line
While some would like to see Oglesby be a little taller, he's got a nice burst off the line and does a great job at the point of attack. Should be able to add more weight to his 6-foot-1, 265-pound frame and is a player still learning the finer details of the game. Great upside at the next level with the ability to explode out of his stance while keeping his balance when engaged against bigger offensive linemen.Trew Smith – Athlete
Smith was very impressive as he showed in drills the ability to start and stop and explode out of his stance. With a lot of quick twitch in his body, Smith is a player Kirschner is looking to move to wide receiver this fall. However, college coaches may be looking at a player who can become a defensive back with his 6-foot, 186-pound frame. Showed great hands and had no problem embarrassing defensive backs in one-on-one drills. The summer should be a big one for Smith if he hits the camp circuit hard. Outside of Bilal, we were most impressed with Smith's overall performance and expect big things out of him going forward.
Brennan Gillis – Tight End
Listed as a wide receiver, Gillis is a prospect we can see growing into a high level tight end with his 6-foot-6, 215-pound frame. Was solid in all drills and is a player still learning the finer parts of the game as he's another of those kids who is seeing football as his ticket instead of basketball. Coaches took notice and he should get a lot of attention this summer on the camp circuit. Must add more bulk and strength in the years to come but the athletic skills are there.
Kyle Castner – Quarterback
Showed a strong arm and the ability to deliver the ball and get it from point A to point B, however, there is some questions about his delivery as his motion prior to release has a strange look that makes you take a second look. Summer will be huge for the 6-foot-2, 212-pound signal caller as he looks to turn heads and pick up offers.
CLASS OF 2016
LeShawn Johnson – Running Back
Johnson looks the part with his 6-foot-3, 215-pound frame. Coach Kirschner says he's a big, violent running back. However, watching him run the forty raises questions about his ability to stay on the offensive side of the ball. While watching the other drills we feel Johnson could be a player that with a move to middle linebacker could open a few eyes in the near future.