FORT WAYNE, Ind. - 247Sports was in the house for a Saturday morning 7-on-7 scrimmage between Athletes With Purpose out of Fort Wayne and Preps To Prospects from the Indianapolis area.
Justin Tranquill visits Notre Dame next weekend and will also soon schedule something with Michigan State.
Mr. Football Preview?
Indiana is loaded at the linebacker position with four bonafide BCS prospects in four-stars Josh Barajas, Asmar Bilal and Darrin Kirkland Jr. along with Quentin Moon, but it’s tough to win the state’s highest honor on the defensive side of the ball.
Two guys that are definite Mr. Football candidates and will continue to be a big part of what their teams do and are certain to have huge senior years are athlete Justin Tranquill from Fort Wayne (Ind.) Carroll and running back LeVante Bellamy from Indianapolis (Ind.) Brebeuf Jesuit.
As usual, the 5-foot-11, 195-pound Tranquill was in lockdown mode on Saturday and could play safety, cornerback or receiver on the next level. Cincinnati, Indiana, Illinois and Purdue are among the programs to already offer Tranquill, who plays running back on the prep level and shared the spotlight with his older brother Drue, a Notre Dame signee, this past season. He rushed for 1,475 yards and 18 touchdowns last season but could easily double those numbers not having to share the rock with his brother. The younger Tranquill visits Notre Dame next weekend and also looks forward to setting up a trip with Michigan State this spring.
The 5-foot-9, 170-pound Bellamy checks in as the nation’s No. 10 all-purpose back according to 247Sports and favors his offer from Cincinnati at this point in the recruiting process. A state title contender in the 100-meter dash after medaling last year, Bellamy ran by everyone inside the AWP facility on Saturday and is very dangerous and elusive in space with reliable hands. In leading Brebeuf to the state title game as a junior, he gashed defenses for 2,360 yards and 35 touchdowns. College programs looking for a dynamic player in the run, pass and return game should be lining up to offer Bellamy.
State Of Arms
Indiana has three BCS prospects at the quarterback position and they’re all underclassmen.
In the 2017 class, Brownsburg (Ind.) High’s Hunter Johnson continues to show all the tools to be a national recruit. He started as a freshman and throws it with more confidence every time we see him. Up to 6-foot-2, 187-pounds, Johnson is still growing and will have the size college coaches covet. He can also spin it, throwing the football with a ton of velocity. Johnson has such a smooth throwing motion. He’s already on the radar of Indiana, Purdue and Northwestern, where his older brother Cole is a freshman linebacker, and he plans to visit all three this spring. Johnson was sharp during the 7-on-7 portion on Saturday, threading the needle and hitting receivers in stride.
2017 QB Hunter Johnson has all the tools to be a national recruit.
Taking some of the pressure off Tranquill this fall will be his sophomore quarterback Aidan Smith, who at 6-foot-2, 175-pounds, also has room for a lot of physical growth, and like Johnson has a smooth throwing motion and a strong arm.
Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers sophomore Noah Wezensky has a lot of confidence and likes to go downfield. He hit on several long passes during the 7-on-7 portion. As he fine tunes his mechanics, he’ll continue to blossom. Akron has already offered. Several BCS programs are showing interest including Michigan State where the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Wezensky has many family ties.
Making A Name
Indianapolis (Ind.) Ben Davis athlete Trew Smith heads into the camp season as a relative unknown prospect because he worked as the backup quarterback the last two seasons behind Kyle Castner. He’ll move to “slot back” this fall and if he plays like he did on Saturday, he’ll have a big year. The 6-foot, 186-pound Smith literally caught everything that came his way, sometimes with coverage draped on him. He’s a confident player with some twitch to him. It will be interesting to see how he performs on the college camp circuit this summer. He will have a chance to open college coaches eyes.
Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers receiver Austin Mack will be one of the Midwest’s top overall prospects in 2016. He’s a possession receiver with the ability to go downfield and make the big play. Cincinnati and Indiana have already offered the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Mack, and he’s excited to visit Michigan next weekend. Notre Dame and Michigan State are also showing personal interest and he’s been to both campuses in the past.
Arcadia (Ind.) Hamilton Heights 2015 receiver Grant Weatherford is rocked up and physically ready to step in and help a Division-I program today at 6-foot-2, 200-pounds. He’s also a precise route runner with sticky fingers. He battled Tranquill on Saturday and showed he has the ability to get open against top-notch defensive backs. Weatherford says Indiana has recently upped the interest.
Fort Wayne (Ind.) Wayne cornerback Deion Powers continues to show he deserves MAC attention. He loves playing press and is a fluid athlete that can run.
Powers brother Keion Powers continues to make plays as an elusive slot receiver.