Thursday, February 23, 2017

The D Zone and Athletic Preparation Combine / Showcase Breakdown

The D Zone and Athletic Preparation teamed up to provide a combine and 7 on 7 showcase to just over 30 participants on Tuesday night at Evolution Sportsplex which is where Ath Prep is based out of.  The event provided electronic timing of the 40-yard dash and vertical jump so players can identify what they need to improve on before camp season.  The second part of the event was 7 on 7 scrimmages which served as a tryout to fill up a few spots for The D Zone 7 on 7 which will compete in the Great Lakes Tournament at the Legacy Center in March.

Invites for the team will be sent later in the day Wednesday.





CAMP MVP:
Walled Lake Western 2018 WR Justin Thomas - The WL Western product is flying under the radar and really putting himself in a good position with an increase in weight and polish of skills from this time last year to now.  A lot of schools like Thomas' abilities and his play as a Senior will be eye grabbing.  The closest comparison is Brother Rice's Grant Perry a few years ago, except Thomas seems to be 1-step better, which is a scary realization.  Thomas gets downfield so well and with great ball skills he doesn't need the best throw in the world from a QB to haul in a reception.




Offensive MVP:
Fordson 2019 Slot/DB "ATH" Abraham Jaafar - Jaafar will go from unknown in the WWAC and region to a pretty well-known player as a Junior.  We moved Jaafar all over the place and he just made plays.  He plays with fluidity and hips open up which allows him to quickly change direction on routes as a Slot or break on balls as a DB.  On a team loaded with playmakers, Jaafar also being one of the youngest quickly rose to the top.




Defensive MVP:
Royal Oak 2018 FS/RB Patrick Tesho - Tesho had a big Sophomore season in 2015 with over 100 tackles and 20 broken passes, but playing in the OAA Blue and a team that lacks exposure has kept his name quiet, even after a 90+ tackles, 15+ pbu's, and 5 interception season.  What Tesho displays is natural field IQ and moves well, anytime he made minor mistakes he quickly made up for it with long strides and ballhawk mentality.  We counted at least 2 interceptions from Tesho and a few other good plays he made in coverage.


Best Electronic 40 Time:
1. Redford Thurston 2018 RB/WR Demetrius Dowd - 4.67
2. Rochester 2019 WR/CB Drake Reid - 4.7
3. Royal Oak 2018 FS/RB Patrick Tesho - 4.77
4. Romeo 2018 WR/DB Nate Goralski - 4.79
5 tied.  Clarkston 2018 CB/WR Mike Fluegel - 4.81
5 tied.  Wayne Memorial 2018 QB Gjerdonte Williams - 4.81

Best Electronic Vertical Time:
1. Country Day 2018 RB/CB Isaiah Johnson - 31.2
2. Royal Oak 2018 FS/RB Patrick Tesho - 30.6
3. Troy 2020 WR/FS Corey Pischel - 28.8
4. Romeo 2019 MLB Brocke Horne - 28.2
5. Redford Thurston 2018 RB/WR Demetrius Dowd - 28.1

Best Broad Jump:
1. Walled Lake Western 2018 WR Justin Thomas - 10'5"
2. Detroit King 2018 WR/DB "ATH" Erik Gibson - 10'2"
3. Redford Thurston 2018 RB/WR Demetrius Dowd - 9'8"
4. Royal Oak 2018 FS/RB Patrick Tesho - 9'7"
5. Clarkston 2018 CB/WR Mike Fluegel - 9'5"




QB's:
Bloomfield Hills 2018 QB John Paddock - Extremely in sync with receivers with little chemistry in terms of reps.  He works well with anyone and is very smart so identifies his routes and timing.  Unfortunately in terms of his recruitment, is the worst kept secret in the state.

Hemlock 2018 QB Kade Peters - Long and lengthy QB who sees the entire field.  Beginning to trust his abilities more and more, as he begins to develop better chemistry with his receivers.

Cranbrook-Kingswood 2018 Trevor McConnell - Filled in at QB while injury struck last year and has a confident ability.  McConnell is smart with identifying the field and putting the ball in the right spot.  Will definitely be getting a lot of looks at camps this summer.

Wayne Memorial 2018 QB Gjerdonte Williams - The Zebras dual-threat QB is definitely one to watch as a game changer.  Has good athletic tools as he lined out wide and moves well.  As a QB he has a nice and compact release.

Oak Park 2019 Corey Graham - Continues to grow both in height and skill which spells bad news for OAA White opponents.  Graham has a quiet confidence in him and focus/awareness of field was evident. We'll definitely be watching the Knights QB these next 2 years closely.

Offensive Skill Positions:
CAMP MVP:
Walled Lake Western 2018 WR Justin Thomas - The WL Western product is flying under the radar and really putting himself in a good position with an increase in weight and polish of skills from this time last year to now.  A lot of schools like Thomas' abilities and his play as a Senior will be eye grabbing.  The closest comparison is Brother Rice's Grant Perry a few years ago, except Thomas seems to be 1-step better, which is a scary realization.  Thomas gets downfield so well and with great ball skills doesn't need the best throw in the world from a QB to haul in a reception.

Offensive MVP:
Fordson 2019 Slot/DB "ATH" Abraham Jaafar - Jaafar will go from unknown in the WWAC and region to a pretty well-known player as a Junior.  We moved Jaafar all over the place and he just made plays.  He plays with fluidity and hips open up which allows him to quickly change direction on routes as a Slot or break on balls as a DB.  On a team loaded with playmaker, Jaafar also being one of the youngest quickly rose to the top.

Wyandotte Roosevelt 2018 WR Kendrick Stanley - We're continuously impressed by what Stanley does as he's a standout possession and vertical receiver.  If he had a few more inches, a big play TE would not be out of the question.  As of now, he's a balanced receiver who does everything at a high level.  Has no problem beating press or catching a pass with contact.

Romeo 2018 WR/DB Nate Goralski - An ultra-competitive player who is technically sound so where he lacks is height and elite speed, but makes it up for constantly getting open, creating space, making contested receptions, and we learned during the season and our previous tournament will make a clutch play or more.

Detroit King 2018 WR/DB "ATH" Erik Gibson - The Crusader is very versatile and has good size to compliment his speed.  Gibson is another who could be plugged anywhere on offense and make plays.

Fraser 2018 WR/CB Kenneath Redd Jr. - A long and lengthy receiver with good size who moves well. Has some physical tools to make the tougher catches. His speed and hands make him a nice threat.

Rochester 2019 WR/CB Drake Reid - Fluid and sharp once he breaks out his stance.  Opens hips up good which makes him lethal in the slot and we can tell with more coaching at any given position would fit anywhere.

Redford Thurston 2018 RB/WR Demetrius Dowd - Earned the fastest 40-yard dash time with a 4.67 electronic and it showed once 7 on 7 started.  Dowd mostly ran routes of the backfield to perfection. He made a few plays, but you'll see his name in the Fall a lot more this year.

Fraser 2018 WR/SS Juan Simmons - A nice sized receiver who has a good body build and speed to compliment his size. Has a good blend of possession receiver traits and vertical traits, so can be dangerous at any given time.

Fraser 2018 WR/CB Matthew Bradford - Athletic receiver with good size.  Bradford played both sides of the ball on Tuesday and performed well at both.  Has good natural instincts and good awareness of locating the ball.

Walled Lake Western 2021 WR Justin Gabriel - The soon to be Warrior is on a totally different level than all his classmates and a lot of times than kids 1-3 years older than him.  Gabriel is a fluid route runner and has good ball skills.

Fraser 2018 RB Chris Brown - Quick and shifty RB who can catch the ball well.  Brown has good balance so when catching the ball, is ready to cut straight up the field and not be flat-footed.


Secondary:
Defensive MVP:
Royal Oak 2018 FS/RB Patrick Tesho - Tesho had a big Sophomore season in 2015 with over 100 tackles and 20 broken passes, but playing in the OAA Blue and a team that lacks exposure has kept his name quiet, even after a 90+ tackles, 15+ pbus, and 5 interception seasons.  What Tesho displays is natural field IQ and moves well, anytime he made minor mistakes he quickly made up for it with long strides and ballhawk mentality.  We counted at least 2 interceptions from Tesho and a few other good plays he made in coverage.

Clarkston 2018 CB/WR Mike Fluegel - Fluegel has made a major impact for his Clarkston team since being a sophomore.  This was our first time getting a good look at him at DB and our entire staff came away very impressed.  Was one of the finalists for defensive MVP with his great coverage skills, instincts were glaring, and has a very deceptive football speed and athleticism - broke extremely well on balls and receivers.  We also mixed in Fluegel as a receiver to close camp and his success continued.  

Country Day 2018 RB/CB Isaiah Johnson - Johnson is a very athletic and somewhat still raw freak in the secondary.  His length points to a safety, but at the same time looks aren't everything and seeing Isaiah at CB is just as lethal.  Johnson has the athletic and physical tools to be a big time impact player regardless of position in the defense.

Romeo 2018 CB/WR Ronnie Wood - Wood looked pretty good last time we seen him in the Midnight Madness tournament, but has gained more confidence in his abilities and with things slowed down a bit on Tuesday, was more dialed in and made more plays.  Wood moves deceptively well and his hands are active.

Seaholm 2018 WR/S Nick Lang - Physical player who moves pretty good.  He got a taste of both offense and defense.  Offensively he matches up physically with linebackers to break their press coverage and can make the tough catch.  Defensively he is somewhere in the mix as a Safety / Linebacker depending on where he grows - certainly one who isn't afraid to show his physical traits.

White Lake Lakeland 2019 RB/SS Robbie Tracy - Tracy definitely is there physically and has a bit of deceptive athleticism as he moves well in coverage and has good ball skills.  Was definitely out of his element Tuesday, but he adapted well and turned in a good performance.

Troy 2020 WR/FS Corey Pischel - A young, tall, and lengthy player who also moves pretty well.  At a young age has a few nice intangibles that can be built around. We mostly placed him at Safety to utilize his length and stride.  Pischel located the ball well and broke well on several routes. 

Saint Mary's 2019 RB/CB Josh McCarty - Young and physical player who adjusted well to the speed around him.  McCarty has his frame filled up pretty nicely and with 2 years left could grow into a OLB/S hybrid type player.  Still very early to tell what his future holds, but look forward to seeing his progression.

Sterling Heights Stevenson 2020 WR/DB Nick Wingfield - A young and athletic player who moves pretty well and had no problem moving around to DB.  Wingfield had a nice natural fluidity and moves well in coverage and good possesses good ball skills.  He'll grow a ton these next 3 years.

Cousino 2019 SS Brendan Wolgast - A tall, lengthy ballhawk type DB who with more experience and filling up his frame could be a major impact player for Cousino the next 2 years.  Wolgast moves pretty good, but has a frame that could fill up that OLB is not out of the question over time.  For now, though, he's a nice player who can track the ball and knock passes down.

Cousino 2019 FS Jeff Roumpz - A young player who heads to Varsity this year from JV had a good day in coverage.  Roumpz definitely has good physical tools and showed good ability to identify and react to what the offense was doing.

Linebackers:
Romeo 2019 MLB Brocke Horne - Big, strong, physical LB which is strikingly obvious in the Fall.  During the off-season, you see how well he moves for his size and with his physical presence can disrupt the offense.  Horne's biggest plus might be how well he identifies what the offense is doing and reacts immediately.

Southfield A&T 2018 OLB Christian Rush - Rush holds an early offer from Concordia and it's tough to see why they wouldn't as he looks the part and reads/reacts well.  He's not the quickest but reacts and closes in strong.  The physical tools are there and he passes the eye test certainly. 

Clarkston 2018 LB/TE Zach Scott - Outside Linebacker who is deceptively fast and physical with opponents.  Scott moves well with who he is covering, but first makes their tasks difficult with his physical tools.  Scott is definitely a versatile athlete with great balance.



Cass Tech 2019 LB/RB Cameron Ingram Player Profile and Interview



  • High School:
    • Cass Tech
  • Graduation Year:
    • 2019
  • Primary Position:
    • LB
  • Secondary Position (s):
    • RB
  • Height:
    • 6'
  • Weight:
    • 215 lbs
  • Anticipated Major:
    • Economics and business 
  • Experience:
    • 1 year of varsity 
  • Stats:
    • 50 tackles, 7 touchdowns 
  • Colleges that you are interested in:
    • Bowling Green State University, University of Southern Florida, University of Toledo, and Central Michigan University
  • Intangibles:
    • What separates me from every one else is making offenses have to adjust every play. Also my balance and tough running, imposing my will on defenders.
  • How I play the game:
    • I play smart, physical, and I'm a hard hitter. I also believe I'm very easy to coach and do what ever my team needs to do to win.
  • Outlook on High School Football and its experiences
    • My goals are to receive at least 3 offers before the season starts and to lead my team in tackles.
  • Discuss the potential opportunity or the opportunity of playing on the next level
    • Playing football on the next level most definitely interest me because that's been my dream ever since I was a kid and I know my family would love me to accomplish that goal.
  • Other accolades and/or awards or miscellaneous
    • I'm built for the game of football I'm just trying to get the right exposure. 

HUDL Highlights


RECRUITING TIMELINE:
  • Kentucky visit - 3/4/2017

2017 Prep Kickoff Classic Matchups Announced

DETROIT (2/23/17) – The Detroit Sports Commission today announced the matchups for the 2017 Prep Kickoff Classic. The Prep Kickoff Classic is the premier season-opening high school football showcase in Michigan and will celebrate its 13-year anniversary with seven exciting games Aug. 24-26 at Tom Adams Field on the campus of Wayne State University.

“The Detroit Sports Commission is proud to welcome another great line-up of high school football games to Midtown Detroit,” said Kris Smith, DSC director. “We look forward to again providing a fun and community-focused platform for the teams, bands, cheerleaders and fans to showcase themselves on a big stage.”

The 2017 Prep Kickoff Classic will be the first under the direction of Smith who takes over for Dave Beachnau, founder of the event and former Executive Director of the DSC. Beachnau was recently named Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Sports for the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The showcase has embraced a team and match-up selection process emphasizing inclusion since its inception in 2005, hosting more than 80 schools from Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. In 2017, the Prep Kickoff Classic will welcome six first-time participants in Almont, Davison, Grosse Ile, Lowell, Walled Lake Western and Indianapolis Cathedral.

The event will kick off at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24 when 2016 MHSAA Division 2 finalist Walled Lake Western faces off against West Bloomfield at 4 p.m. The nightcap on Thursday will feature PKC-newcomer Davison from Genesee County taking on Southfield A&T.

On Friday, Aug. 25, Almont from Lapeer County takes the field vs. Grosse Ile from the Downriver area, at 4 p.m., followed by perennial West-Michigan powerhouse Lowell against the Catholic League’s Warren De La Salle at 7 p.m.

The final day of the Prep Kickoff Classic will begin on Saturday, Aug. 26 at noon with a Detroit East English Village Prep Academy-River Rouge matchup followed by Oak Park vs. Eisenhower at 3 p.m. The Prep Kickoff Classic will conclude at 6 p.m. with two-time reigning Division 2 champion Detroit Martin Luther King against cross-state power Indianapolis Cathedral, who’s the winningest football team in the State of Indiana.

Full Schedule:

Thursday, Aug. 24
Walled Lake Western vs. West Bloomfield, 4 p.m.
Davison vs. Southfield A&T, 7 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 25
Almont vs. Grosse Ile, 4 p.m.
Lowell vs. Warren De La Salle, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 26
East English Village Prep vs. River Rouge, Noon
Oak Park vs. Utica Eisenhower, 3 p.m.
Detroit Martin Luther King vs. Indianapolis Cathedral, 6 p.m.

Ticket information will be announced at a later date. Go to detroitsports.org for more information on the matchups.

West Bloomfield 2018 DL/OL Maxwell Green Player Profile and Interview







  • High School:
    • West Bloomfield
  • Graduation Year:
    • 2018
  • Primary Position:
    • DL
  • Secondary Position (s):
    • OL
  • Height:
    • 6'3"
  • Weight:
    • 265 lbs
  • Anticipated Major:
    • Undecided
  • Experience:
    • 2 years of Varsity
  • Stats:
    • 2016 
      • 30 Tackles
      • 3 sacks
  • Colleges that you are interested in:
    • Western Michigan 
    • Toledo 
    • Central Michigan
    • BGSU
    • Grambling
  • Intangibles:
    • My mental toughness and leadership abilities. Also my athleticism at this size 
  • How I play the game:
    • Smart, very coachable, a sure tackler. I take constructive criticism from coaches and others.
  • Outlook on High School Football and its experiences
    • I have two goals for the rest of my high school career. The first is a state championship, and the second is to earn a D1 scholarship.
  • Discuss the potential opportunity or the opportunity of playing on the next level
    • College football is a big interest in my life. I want coaches to know that I'm a hard worker and a man of my word. 
  • Other accolades and/or awards or miscellaneous
    • Twitter: @ showtime_max 

HUDL Highlights


RECRUITING TIMELINE:
  • Western Michigan visit - 2/25/2017

Oak Park 2020 DT Don Price Player Profile and Interview




  • High School:
    • Oak Park
  • Graduation Year:
    •  2020
  • Primary Position:
    • DT
  • Secondary Position (s):
    • N/A


RECRUITING TIMELINE:
  • Michigan visit - 2/23/2017
  • Tennessee visit - 4/16/2016

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Country Day 2018 RB/CB Isaiah Johnson Player Profile and Interview







  • High School:
    • Country Day
  • Graduation Year:
    • 2018
  • Primary Position:
    • RB
  • Secondary Position (s):
    • CB
  • Height:
    • 6'1"
  • Weight:
    • 175 lbs
  • Anticipated Major:
    • Undecided
  • Experience:
    • 1 year of Freshmen, 1 year of JV, 1 year of Varsity
  • Colleges that you are interested in:
    • Ferries State
    • Northwestern
    • Michigan State 
    • Ohio State
    • Toledo
  • Intangibles:
    • The thing that separates me from everyone else is my attention to detail and my focus on technique. To add with this is my natural ability to read the game at a fast pace.
  • How I play the game:
    • I play the game of football full speed and with intensity. I like to have fun while doing it, but if you get in my way there's trouble
  • Outlook on High School Football and its experiences
    • My goal for high school is to win states and be able to play ball at the next level. My first year of varsity I won most improved on defense for my ability to fight my way up the ranks and earn a starting spot during he season
  • Discuss the potential opportunity or the opportunity of playing on the next level
    • I would love to play football at the next level, as it's always been my dream since I was 4. Football has been all I've known my entire life and I've loved it since day one
  • Other accolades and/or awards or miscellaneous
    • Most improved on defense
    • Twitter:  @Yunggoat2114 

HUDL Highlights




RECRUITING TIMELINE:
  • Michigan camp - 6/20/2016
  • Buffalo camp - 6/19/2016
  • Bucknell camp - 6/18/2016
  • Ohio State camp - 6/17/2016
  • Miami, OH camp - 6/16/2016
  • Cincinnati camp - 6/15/2016
  • Saginaw Valley State camp - 6/18/2015
  • Michigan State camp - 6/17/2015
  • Michigan camp - 6/16/2015
  • Western Michigan camp - 6/15/2015
  • Wisconsin camp - 6/14/2015
  • Northwestern camp - 6/13/2015


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