The D Zone

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Camp Pride's Top 12 Overviews / Analysis

Camp Pride organizers and its coaches determined a top 12 performers list outside of the two MVP's. We'll highlight them as well as others throughout the week.  Expect much content on Camp Pride through the week plus updated profiles with backdrop pictures.

Coaches MVP and Top 12 Overviews
Overall Top Performers by position
Periscope live footage
Facebook Album, Backdrop Pictures
Facebook Album, Live Pictures

Quarterback: Top Performers and Overview
Runningback: Top Performers and Overview
Receivers: Top Performers and Overview
Offensive Line: Top Performers and Overview
Defensive Line:  Top Performers & Overview
Linebacker:  Top Performers & Overview
Defensiveback:  Top Performers & Overview


East English Village Prep 2018 OC/OG Tyrone Sampson won the Offensive MVP award, as his wide frame and extreme strength allowed him to dominate.  Sampson is near complete with great footwork to dispose of defensive lineman.  Sampson lost one rep on 1 on 1's which was a rarity, but concluded the camp with a dominant rep as other participants roared their approval.  Sampson last week was selected as our #4 player in the Class of 2018.

River Rouge 2018 SS Reggie Pearson is really going to make people say he's too small look dumb by the time he is done with college.  Pearson showed great movement in the secondary covering receivers in 1 on 1's and has a very strong upper body which more times than not is the difference between other good Safeties. Pearson was about as lights out as possible in 1 on 1's and barely anything, if that was surrendered.  He had several interceptions and batted down passes.   The whole height thing is getting old, Pearson has great tools that will only improve.  Pearson is committed to Wisconsin.   Last week was selected as our #5 player in the Class of 2018.

TOP 12: (No order)

Davison 2018 RB Tariq Reid - Reid is not a camp kid, but still performs very well in drills and 1 on 1's.  Reid has a prototype RB body and following a workhorse season with over 2,000 total yards and 37 touchdowns it shouldn't surprise anyone Reid does so well.  Reid also has very good speed, which allows him to run past others in 1 on 1's and obviously a key trait for a RB which film shows.  Reid holds 2 early Division II offers, it's a tossup between RaShawn Allen and Tariq Reid as the states top RB, Saturday's coaches felt Reid performed better.

Muskegon CC 2020 WR "ATH" Cameron Martinez - Martinez is a true athlete who didn't even play a down of high school before Central Michigan and Davenport offered.  Some times when your skills and talent are so glaring it doesn't make it a difficult decision to offer someone like Martinez.  Martinez was very fluid on Saturday in routes and has good hands.  In going vs. high quality talent, Martinez was never shook and flourished.

West Bloomfield 2018 WR "ATH" Taj Mustapha II - After a breakout Junior season for Mustapha schools are beginning to look his way as he's up to 4 offers.  Mustapha at 6'2" has good size and a great body frame for coaches to fill out.  On top of very solid speed, Mustapha does well creating separation and gets through physical CB's with little issues.  Mustapha added a Syracuse offer before Camp Pride, Taj Mustapha looks like one who will continue to earn bigger offers until the end of the summer.

Lansing Sexton 2018 Slot/CB Cody Blankenburg - There may not be a person in the state who is faster than Blankenburg both with pads on or off.  The Big Reds speedster is extremely fluid and unpredictable when covering.  Any QB who has good chemistry with Blankenburg knows when to release the ball and give it to him in stride.  Blankenburg knock by scouts will be his 5'9" height, but he more than makes up for height with larger than life playmaking abilities.

Cass Tech 2018 CB/WR Kalon Gervin - We selected Kalon Gervin as our #1 prospect in the Class of 2018 just last week.  Gervin was very solid throughout the day, constantly making life near impossible for receivers with his physicality.  In 1 on 1's, Gervin went against the top receivers and won several reps. Gervin coincidentally following the camp received an offer from Purdue, which brought his total offer amount to 29.

Detroit King 2018 CB/WR Jaeveyon Morton - No player in the state of Michigan may have "turned it on more" later in the year than Morton as King defended their Division 2 title.  Morton despite being 5'9" played like a monster on the field and is carrying over his success to 2017 for sure. Morton for the most part in 1 on 1's lined up as a receiver and was quick and shifty that he always had separation.  Morton also has good hands.  Morton was a player Akron offered as a Freshman that should see a huge rise in his recruitment this off-season.

Chippewa Valley 2019 OLB Marcel Lewis - Lewis was the youngest defender who took advantage in a crowded group and put himself at the top as he was the only LB selected for the highest honor.  Lewis has a great frame and size for young age, so will be interesting to see how develops at Chippewa Valley the next 2 years.  Lewis moves very well, so despite being an OLB now, the possibility of moving to a Safety position is always there defending on a schools defensive schemes. It was our first time seeing Lewis and walked away thoroughly impressed.  Would keep him on offer alert for sure.

Divine Child 2018 DE Aidan Hutchinson - No player in all of the camp may be wired as good as Hutchinson is. We selected Hutchinson as our #2 player in the state last week and he definitely played like it and some more.  Hutchinson stands at a towering 6'6" and weighs 235 lbs, but moves extremely well.  Hutchinson has great footwork for his size and mobility.  His strength is there, but will only improve which is deadly for opposing lineman.  Drill work showed a glimpse of why LSU was the first school to offer and the in-state schools followed, Once 1 on 1's began, Hutchinson showed his power and quick movements with 2 reps won.

Cass Tech 2018 DT Eric Smith - Smith arose mid-season as a deadly interior rusher / dominator for Cass Tech as the win over King was what opened the floodgates.  Smith will definitely continue to be a defensive tackle as he has the size and frame to fill to be a dominant force in all aspects. Smith owns a strong motor that doesn't stop until the play is dead and in Saturday's case, the practice dummy felt a little pain. Smith is looking for his first offer, which could be multiples by this time next month.

Saginaw 2018 OLB/DE NeVen Simington - Saginaw will have something special brewing in the 6'3" 210 lbs combo defensive beast in Simmington.  During Camp Pride,  Simington worked as a DE on Saturday and made life very difficult for opposing offensive lineman as Simington was too fast and active with his hands to be slowed down. Simington is definitely a kid schools will take a good look at, he has way too much tools to work it.

Chelsea 2018 DE Ronnie Buford - We seen Buford for the 2nd straight week and Camp Pride was definitely the tougher challenge for Buford, but he arose and to be in the coaches top 12.  Buford is a very athletic defensive end, who knows he needs to bulk up to see a major boost in his recruiting process, but it just takes time and he'll be at that goal in no time.  As of now, Buford relies heavily on his athleticism and agility to take advantage of every inch an OL surrenders.  Buford through high school has played a little quarterback, take a quick look at him now and you'll see his ceiling is very high.

East English Village 2018 DE/LB Desjuan Johnson - The Bulldogs are usually one of a few schools in the state that love an opportunity like Camp Pride to showcase their skill.  Coach Oden has another egg hatching soon that will come out of absolutely nowhere to others outside of their program.  Desjuan Johnson right now is 6'3" 205 on the teams roster, so he has a chance to develop into a DE or OLB.  Johnson looked really comfortable with a hand on the ground and utilized his leverage to fight around lineman.

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