Top overall prospect - Damien Harris, RB, Berea (Ky.) Madison Southern
Damien Harris lived up to his billing on Monday.
Harris was dominant throughout the event on Monday. He checked out in testing, running a 4.36 on the hand clock. He checked out in pass-blocking, dominating every linebacker in front of him. He then was smooth and natural as a route-runner and pass catcher out of the backfield. Harris also has a great build. Ohio State and Michigan are on top currently.
Top quarterback - Tommy Stevens, QB, Indianapolis (Ind.) Decatur Central
He's got an offer from Iowa as a safety. Several others have offered at quarterback. On Monday, Stevens looked every bit the part of a major college arm. All of 6-foot-4, Stevens ran and tested well in the combine portion but he also showed touch and accuracy as a passer. His dream offer is Oregon and he has already attracted some interest from the Ducks.
Breakout performer - Denzel Ward, CB, Macedonia (Ohio) Nordonia
Ward actually earned an offer during the event when Cincinnati got word to him. Perhaps the reason that the Bearcats jumped on it was due to word tricking out of the event that Ward posted a 4.31 40-yard dash on the hand clock as well as a 10-5 broad jump. He did that with a nice 5-11 frame showing all kinds of potential for his recruitment to blow up in the coming weeks and months.
Most college-ready defender - Nick Conner, LB, Dublin (Ohio) Scioto
Blue-collar and physical, Conner looks ready to step onto a college campus tomorrow. He brings the right mentality to the linebacker position and while he's got all kinds of size at around 6-3, 225 pounds, Conner also showed terrific athleticism. Already with a slew of offers, Conner noted that Michigan State and Ohio State would both be big.
Top route-runner - Juan Hernandez, WR, Oak Park (MIch.) High
Hernandez probably had the best all-around performance among the wide receivers. He was at the front of every line, he caught the ball extremely well and ran outstanding routes. Hernandez has a slot type of body but with his 4.4 speed, he has the look of a player that is going to get a lot of looks in the future.
Top underclassman WR - Demetric Vance, WR, Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech
Vance has the complete package at wide receiver, he's got great size and strength as only a sophomore. His straight line speed is plenty fast enough and he showed the body control and feel for getting open that allowed him to be one of the day's toughest matchups for defenders.
Most complete wide receiver - Chase Pankey, WR, Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller
Pankey was just a smooth, effortless talent at wide receiver that had size, ran in the 4.4 range in the 40 and caught the ball with the kind of natural ability that you look for at the position. Still waiting for his first offer, Pankey is hearing from the likes of Cincinnati, Northwestern, Georgia, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
Top 2015 OL - Evan Mallory, OT, Brownsburg (Ind.) High
Mallory really helped himself on Monday with an outstanding showing throughout the day. A big, wide-shouldered muscled up offensive lineman, Mallory showed well in the testing and really excelled in competition during one-on-ones. Recently his recruitment has heated up with offers from the likes of Cincinnati and Purdue. He visits Notre Dame on March 1.
Top 2015 OL prospect - Rob Dowdy, OT, Westerville (Ohio) South
You can expect Dowdy's ranking to rise with the new rankings release on 247Sports. He's an offensive lineman that has been steadily packing on weight, adding 40-plus pounds over the past year, but he hasn't sacrificed his movement skills. He's high on his offer from Georgia Tech right now and is hoping for an Auburn offer in the future.
2016 upside prospectTrent Maynard
As his footwork continues to improve so will Maynard's stock. The good news is he's got time and he already has the look from a frame and athleticism standpoint as one of the top offensive linemen in the Midwest if not the country for the class of 2016. Cincinnati has already offered and most of the Big Ten is showing interest.
Top 2016 OL - Drake Jackson, OG, Versailles (Ky.) Woodford County
Jackson was not only the top 2016 offensive lineman at the event, he was also named the offensive line MVP and had one of the better performances of any position in attendance. Though he's not very big, Jackson is extremely quick and physical, playing with great balance and tenacity. Already with a Kentucky offer, expect Jackson to be very highly recruited in the 2016 cycle.
Top 2015 DL - DaVon Hamilton, DT, Pickerington (Ohio) Central
A barrel-chested, stout interior defender, Hamilton had the most complete day among the 2015 defensive linemen. He showed good strength and power but still had the agility to flip his hips and get up field with his quickness as well. Hamilton has no offers yet but will be at Michigan State's junior day in March.
Top 2016 DL - Jonathon Cooper, DE, Columbus (Ohio) Gahanna Lincoln
Only a sophomore, Cooper has time to add weight to his 6-3, 215-pound frame. The athleticism is already there. Cooper was one of the most effective pass-rushers in attendance on Monday and showed elite edge speed.
Top 2017 DL - Luiji Vilain, DE,
Making the 20-hour drive from Ottawa, Vilain made the trip worth it. He was one of the most athletic defenders in attendance regardless of class or position. At 6-4, 230 pounds, Vialin will emerge as a major target out of Canada over the next three years.
Projection DL - Jacob Miller, DE, Detroit (Mich.) Northwestern
Miller is a long way from a finished product but at 6-6, 220 pounds the tools are there. He was not one of the best players on the field on Monday but his length and flashes of speed and quickness off the edge certainly make him one of the most intriguing prospects. Miller already holds offers from Akron, Ball State and Toledo.
MVPs & All-Combine Team
The following were named MVP at their position by the Best of the Midwest Coaching staff:
Offensive line - Drake Jackson
Wide receiver - Donnie Corley
Running back - Damien Harris
Quarterback - Tommy Stevens
Linebacker - Nick Conner, Justice Hart
Defensive back - Dior Johnson
Defensive line - LaVon Hamilton
Tight end - Kyle Schrank
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