INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – One thing was quickly evident at Ben Davis’s football workout on Wednesday evening.
Michigan liked what they saw in 2015 TE Brennan Gillis on Thursday.
That the Indianapolis-based program has a ton of talent.
Particularly in the class-of-2015.
The first prospect to stick out was 6-foot-6, 205-pound tight end Brennan Gillis. Under-the-radar because he didn’t play football last year because he was focusing on basketball, it won’t be long until the talented athlete will be one of the Hoosier State’s most recruited players.
“I think there is so much upside on him it’s hard to describe,” Ben Davis coach Mike Kirschner said. “He’s 4.6 in the 40. He’s a great student. Has great grades. Soft hands. I think he can do anything he wants to do to be honest with you. He’s new to the radar but Michigan took a look at him (Thursday) and said wow, that’s the type of kid we’re looking for.”
So is the 6-foot-5, 187-pound Swanson who has already gained the interest of Ohio State and much of the Big Ten. He recently visited Columbus. Sort of similar to Gillis, Swanson played just two games as a sophomore because he was ineligible following a transfer. One of those games was a huge performance against Carmel to clinch a conference championship in the regular season finale.
“Also 4.6 in the 40, unbelievable vertical jump," Kirschner said. “He is very athletic and very smooth when he catches the ball.”
Several schools are already impressed with 5-foot-10, 197-pound running back Dorian Tate, a member of the 300-pound bench club. He also squats 470 pounds.
“Vanderbilt liked the way he moved,” Kirschner said. “They watched him in plyometric class and were asking about him. He’s very powerful in the hips and he runs a 4.4 electronic timed 40.”
2015 WR Montel Swanson has a chance to be highly recruited.
Leading this talented football team from under center is 6-foot-3, 205-pound quarterback Kyle Castner.
“Cincinnati is in love with him,” Kirschner said. “His upside is unbelievable. He’s intelligent, has an unbelievable work ethic, he can throw the ball long, short, he’s accurate and has a really strong arm.”
“Asmar is long and he’s athletic,” Kirschner said. “He runs extremely well to the football. At 6-3, 190 pounds, that’s a good thing to have, to be that big and that fast.
“Justin wasn’t there (Wednesday) night because of track. He’s probably better suited for defensive line or offensive guard down the road. He’s a 160-foot discus thrower, that’s how explosive he is.”
No Overlooking The Seniors
Several rising seniors are also getting looks.
Albert Williams is a 6-foot-2, 256-pound defensive end prospect receiving a lot of MAC interest.
“I think Albert Williams is a steal for someone,” Kirschner said. “We played him at defensive tackle out of necessity but he’s probably a defensive end on the next level. I had several MAC schools tell me they like him. He’s electronic timed 4.6 in the 40. He can scoot. We’re probably going to stand him up and play him at linebacker some.”
Running back Jamie Akin has been receiving Big Ten and MAC interest.
“He’s just fast,” Kirschner stated. “Really fast.”
Receiver Michael Beaty has piqued the interest of one Big Ten program.
“I’m quoting the Minnesota coach, ‘I’m very intrigued by Michael Beatty,’” Kirschner recapped. “He’s 6-1, 214 and the starting point guard on the basketball team. A very athletic young man.”
Cornerback O’Shea Heard came up big all season as a junior for Ben Davis. Bowling Green has been in twice specifically to see him.
“Very athletic young man,” Kirschner said. “Great cover skills.”