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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Top Performers and Recap of 2017 SMSB 7 on 7 / Big Man Showcase

The Sound Mind Sound Body ran into major obstacles in 2017 as the previous biggest summer camp couldn't host Division 1 FBS coaches in any caliber.  Thus voiding the bread and butter of the nation's largest non-college affiliated camp.  Fortunately, all was not lost for local players looking to get exposure as the SMSB put on a 7 on 7 and Big Man Showcase Thursday night at Northwestern High School in Detroit.

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The West Bloomfield Lakers from the OAA Red clean swept all of the 7 on 7 awards.  The Lakers won the tournament as well as AJ Abbott and Collin Heard was offensive and defensive MVP's.

Hamtramck 2018 DT/OG Clarence Robinson won the offensive MVP award and Ecorse 2018 DT Ahmed Weathers won the defensive MVP for the lineman.

West Bloomfield
The Lakers are dubbed my many as having the best receiving corps in the state and backed up that label on Thursday night by putting on an air show led by Bowling Green State-bound QB Bryce Veasley.  The Lakers have 5 receivers with Division 1 FBS offers and 1 with D1-FCS offers.  West Bloomfield 2018 WR A.J. Abbott stole the show right away for the Lakers as he made several acrobatic catches during the day and constantly rose to attack the ball at its highest point.  Abbott may be a 2-star recruit to some, but he's definitely a huge impact player in high school and once in a college weight program - it will allow him to maximize weight on his frame which has plenty of space to grow.   Abbott was alongside his future teammate at Wisconsin, 2018 WR Taj Mustapha most of the night, with Abbott on the outside and Mustapha on the inside.  Mustapha is a route technician and has very good hands / upper body strength that often results in mismatches across the board.  The youngsters who held FBS offers in 2019 WR/CB Tyrone Broden and 2020 WR Christian Fitzpatrick didn't get to show off much on Thursday, but figure to have vital roles for the team this year.  2018 TE/WR James Faulkner is a highly productive player who had a huge day for the Lakers as no defense had an answer for his size and speed combo  2018 WR/OLB Desmond Simpson showed a few good plays as well as he'll be fighting for time too in the loaded group of WR's.  West Bloomfield 2018 WR/S/CB Collin Heard lined up at CB on Thursday and put on a show as he earned the Defensive MVP award.  Heard essentially locked down every team's receivers and if he had a ball caught on him, it was highly contested and there were no yards after the catch.  West Bloomfield 2019 LB/DB Lance Dixon lined up at an OLB role and also had a big day defensively as he matches up with anyone across from him utilizing his; size, speed, and overall athleticism.  Dixon early in the day appeared to bat down a pass at the line of scrimmage but instead brought it in for an interception.  2018 DB Richard Sanders had a nice day breaking up passes and came up huge on the 2nd last play of the championship game as he intercepted a Belleville pass to win the game.  2018 DB Dwayne Thompson is a physical presence at CB, but long-term may move to Safety.  He holds an assortment of D1/D2 offers.

The Tigers finished as the runner-ups and have a lot of momentum going for them.  Belleville 2019 WR Julian Barnett who holds a handful of offers was nearly unstoppable on Thursday as few opposing DB's were able to match the speed and length of Barnett.  Barnett is going to be one of the best junior receivers and/or defensive backs on recruiting rankings following his junior season.  Barnett wasn't the only weapon for the Tigers on this night and in the future as several of the Belleville players began to come into their own.  2020 WR Jalen Williams was a constant go-to threat as he is definitely one to keep your eyes locked on.  2018 WR Jahmil Taylor and 2021 WR Deon Burks impressed as well as their athletism enabled a very productive day.   Defensively for the finals, you couldn't have asked for a better WR vs. DB matchup as Belleville is loaded defensively with big-time playmakers. Recent Michigan State commit, 2018 CB/WR Davion Williams is an absolute freak on the outside that has developed at a rapid pace.  Williams possesses phenomenal length and athleticism that is being molded into something special.  He has long strides which carry over to a deceptive football speed and good ball skills.  Bowling Green State-bound 2018 CB Patrick Lupro is one of the fiercest and most competitive CB's anywhere you'll see in Michigan.  Lupro is a mismatch with receivers who aren't physically up to par and he covers them stride for stride making life very miserable for receivers.  Belleville also has a 3rd D1 commit in 2018 CB Kmare Carey who is committed to Western Michigan.  Carey is another long and lengthy prospect with good balls and has quick speed after he changes direction.  Carey had one of the best plays of the day as he cut off a pass for an interception as he climbed the ladder to intercept and would have surely taken off down the sideline for a pick six if it was a padded game.  Belleville is 1 of just 2 teams in the state to have a Division 1 - FBS offered prospect in each graduating class.  Their 2020 stud had a big day in CB Andre Seldon Jr. as he broke quickly on several passes to break-up and also had an interception.  Seldon is surely one of the next elite CB's out of Michigan and we believe people will really begin to see that this upcoming sophomore season.  Seldon is definitely SEC talent and Kentucky noticed as Kentucky is currently his only offer.  2018 DB/QB "ATH" Matt Ransome is a drawing a lot of interest as NAIA, D2, and recently Bowling Green State offered the phenomenal athlete.  Ransome is all over the place looking to do what's best for the team and lead the Tigers deep in D1 in 2017.

Cass Tech
The Technicians look forward to a huge matchup with Pickerington Central, Ohio at the University of Toledo in week 1 and must replace a lot of key graduation pieces that events like this help solve the puzzle.  Eastern Michigan commit, 2018 QB Aaron Jackson will be given the keys to lead Cass Tech as the senior QB previously started in the semi's and state finals as a sophomore in 2015.  Jackson displays a cannon arm and athletic abilities to make something if the pocket collapses or on designed runs.  Jackson will have no issues finding big play threats across the board as 2019 WR/DB Kyron McKinnie-Harper appears to have a major break-out season ahead of him,  McKinnie-Harper was one of the best players when on the field Thursday as no defense had an answer for his big play capabilities and athleticism which allowed him to make several tough grabs. Cass Tech 2019 "ATH" Jaren Mangham is an absolute stud who is capable of doing everything that is asked of him and more.  Offensively on Thursday he lined up on Slot and vs. most CB's is physically above them, breaking their press with ease and getting separation, he moves well to succeed in the Slot.  In the Fall he was a key RB capable of making big plays which are illustrated by 2 touchdown runs vs. Eisenhower in the epic D1 semi-final.  The thought of him playing LB in college is also worth a considerable amount of time as he is just an incredible athlete who needs to be on the field.  Cass Tech 2019 WR Ormondell Dingle had some tough grabs and has very good hands which make him another lethal threat.  Dingle wasn't featured for Cass a sophomore, but we figure will be a very strong offensive weapon for this young, but lethal offense.  Defensively, Cass Tech 2018 LB DeAndre Square who is committed to Kentucky is an absolute stud and capable of playing a host of positions during a game.  He tracks the ball extremely well which spells trouble for opponents because he covers well and tackles hard!  Cass Tech 2019 CB Xavier Goldsmith participated for a little bit and in limited time showed off his skin tight coverage skills and super quick change of direction.  Cass Tech 2018 LB Dyontae Johnson who is committed to Toledo lined up all over the place, he's a lengthy and fluid athlete with a frame that will be continued to be built on.   2018 CB Prentice Barker will be fighting for one of the openings at CB as he tracks the ball well and has great ball skills, Barker hasn't had much experience yet but appears to be primed for the next step.

The back-to-back state champions in Division 2 will return mostly every starter besides a few ones, but what King has returned is scary for their opponents.  Detroit King 2019 QB Dequan Finn had a great day throwing the ball as he was on point with all of his receivers throughout the day and it continues to dumbfound us on how Finn is offer-less at this point, especially after leading King as a Sophomore to a state championship.  2020 WR Rashawn Williams will soon emerge as one of the biggest vertical threats anywhere as he's so fluid and lethal with or without the ball in his hands, so he has no problems creating separation.  2019 WR Darrell Wyatt is a long and lengthy receiver who figures to have the opportunity to breakout in 2017, he did well on Thursday as he continues to build chemistry with his QB.  2019 WR Jalen McGaughy is another long and lengthy receiver who recently received his first offer from NIU.  McGaughy still has room to grow so we'll definitely be keeping tabs on him.  2019 WR Ahmad Gardner is another dangerous and reliable threat who will work his way into the fold as well, he holds an early offer from Toledo.  On defense which King relied on to win the state title last year, 2019 LB/DE Tyrece Woods anchors the Linebackers and is a vocal leader.  In the past 2-3 years Wood has continued to grow and grow so he might outgrow the LB position by the time he's in high school, but he's athletic and physical so you can plug him in anywhere and he'll succeed.  2019 DB Marvin Grant holds 15 offers as the Safety is best when utilized to read and react, he has long strides and is a definite ball-hawk Safety. Grant is very fast and has good balance which allows him to be mixed around to use his versatility as an advantage.

The Comets are looking to build off their 2016 season in which they went 6-4 and return a handful of good returning skill players.  2019 WR/LB Joe Thomas had one of the most impressive plays of the day with a 1 handed grab across the middle of the field.  2020 S Josh Willey is young, but already has ideal size and reacts well on the field.  He's definitely a player to look at going forward.  Other skill position standouts include 2018 WR/DB Davion Hightower and WR/DB Jermaine Clack.  The Comets were good sized across the board and have plenty of more firepower.

Long gone was the wing-t formation which should have D7 on alert as Loyola will have the potential to hit on all cylinders in the fall.  With playmakers 2018 WR/FS Kevin Robinson2018 DB Curtis Martin2018 FS/WR Nathan Hayes, and 2018 DB Jimmie Chappell all expected to go both ways during the season Loyola will be capable of turning any game around in a hurry.  Opposing offenses will have a lot to worry about with 2018 LB Keith Johnson coming off of the edge and he showed on Thursday he can cover well too.

East English Village Prep
The Bulldogs lose an experienced QB in Delvin Washington.  Fortunately for EEVPA a host of playmakers all over the field return including 2018 ATH Cortez Berry who is committed to Indiana State and 2-way player, 2018 DB/RB Zhamaine March who is a Northern Illinois commit.  2018 OC Tyrone Sampson Jr. - Syracuse commit and 2018 DE/OLB Desjuan Johnson - Western Michigan commit didn't participate but watched on during lineman 1 on 1's where their teammates, 2019 OL James Drain performed very well.  Drain has very good balance and footwork, he has the versatility to line up anywhere on the offensive line.  2018 OG/OT Russell Mason had a perfect day in 1 on 1's as he was not beat, he displayed his technique and didn't let anyone outmuscle him.  2021 OL Daveon Witherspoon is an interior offensive lineman to look out for in the future as well.

The Mustangs seems to be a team that never blows you away with individual talent instead they play for each other and enjoy it in the process.  Mumford featured 2018 DB Lavien Fields who is a very lengthy and long DB who defended very well on Thursday.  QB Tahj Stewart threw the ball well during the day and seemed to be in sync for the most part.  2018 DL/LB Keante Streater had several very strong reps in OL/DL 1 on 1's at DE.

2018 DT/OG Clarence Robinson was a workhorse as an OG in 1 on 1's as he brought home the MVP honors for Lineman.  The interior lineman was quick on his feet and utilized his technique to cash in a strong performance.  2018 TE/WR Josh Coffey is an intriguing prospect as he's pushing the 6'3" 200 lbs range.  He moved very well when he was doing 7 on 7 and certainly one to look out for in the future as Hamtramck will look to make history in 2017 by being the first squad in school history to reach the playoffs.

Delta Prep
The Pioneers last year reached the playoffs for the first time in school history since opening in just 2015.  Delta returns a lot of players, one particular player who stood out big time on Thursday was Delta 2020 LB Latrell Thompkins who is a nice looking prospect who has a frame that will just continue adding growth as he gets older.

Ecorse 2018 DT Ahmed Weathers won the defensive MVP for the lineman as he displayed a ferocious presence on the interior defensive line, constantly winning reps.  Ecorse 2019 DB/WR Terrance Brown is a long and lengthy prospect who is starting to figure it out as he prepares for a promising junior season.  Ecorse 2019 CB Caillou Jackson did well in all aspects of coverage on Thursday and was in the right spot most of the day.

Southfield Bradford
2018 RB/LB Blake Grice-Brunson had an active day tracking down opposing players on the defensive side of the ball.  7 on 7 doesn't benefit him too much as he's a physically gifted RB who prefers to suit up rather than 7 on 7, but he still made plays.  2018 WR/DB Marcus Norwood also flashed signs of what's to come as a senior as he read and reacted well to plays throughout the day.  Offensively 2018 ATH Jacob Winfrey was a highlight reel.  Southfield Bradford 2019 DT Eyquan Cobb was just about unblockable in his reps during 1 on 1's.  2019 OL Victor Nelson was also strong working out in 1 on 1's as he matched up well with whoever he lined across from.

Detroit Community
2018 OT Johndre Wilson didn't lose a rep in 1 on 1's as he flashed his balance, strength, and aggressive streak of an o-line man.  Wilson is way under the radar now but is definitely someone capable of playing on the next level.  2018 WR/DB Ceophus Tucker had a great day on both sides of the ball as he emerged as a go-to receiver and had a few interceptions.  On the outside was a lockdown CB, 2019 CB Kejuan Sanders who was displaying very tight coverage on opposing receivers.  Community has one of rawest players in the state in 2019 DE Moe Davenport who stands around 6'7" and was moving well on his feet, the scary thing about him is that he has a lot to work on and when he pieces it together, it will spell problems for opponents.  We're also told he has a brother going into 8th grade who already stands at 6'11".

The Jungaleers are looking to build off two straight 1-8 seasons and the squad looks like they've been hitting the weights hard this off-season.  WR Deshawn Bartley emerged as a constant threat downfield, as he was a nice vertical threat.  2019 LB/S Damari Woods displayed good feet in coverage and was a standout defensively.  2018 QB/DB Anthony Johnson commanded the SE offense well and was solid in coverage.  2019 LB/TE Dwaine Crump also stoodout.

The Doughboys featured two upcoming juniors in 2019 ATH Malik Gaines and 2019 DB Mateen Gaines.  Both were fluid athletes who showed signs of what can be very productive junior seasons.


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