ALLENDALE, Mich. – The group from Minnesota’s Unsigned Preps showed out during Sunday’s Adidas Showcase, held inside the Kelly Family Sports Center on Grand Valley State’s campus.
Before the event, future blue-chip 2015 DE Jashon Cornell talked about visiting Notre Dame one more time and Michigan before the end of spring.
Saint Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall 2015 defensive end prospect Jashon Cornell stood out above the rest in a talented field that had top athletes from several states including Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Georgia, Florida and Ohio on hand.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Cornell is emerging as one of the top prospects in the nation in his class. Already holding offers from Iowa, Minnesota and Rutgers, Cornell shined during position drills with his athleticism, and during 1-on-1s he didn’t lose a rep displaying a variety of pass rushing moves either by power or finesse. During the fall it’s no surprise Cornell was dominant to the tune of 52 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 14 sacks and three forced fumbles
Dominating inside a building named after current Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly, who won two National Titles as a head coach at Grand Valley State, the Irish figure to be in prime position to land Cornell. Cornell visited South Bend this past weekend and has plans to visit for Notre Dame’s spring game. He’ll also check out Michigan before the end of the spring.
Also shining from the Gopher State were a pair of nasty offensive linemen in tackle Frank Ragnow and center JC Hassenauer. Both hold early offers from Minnesota, and Florida State has also extended a scholarship to Ragnow.
The 6-foot-6, 276-pound Ragnow has a really nice frame and delivered a strong punch to pass rushers coming off the edge. He hardly lost a rep during 1-on-1s. A regular visitor to Minnesota in the past, Ragnow hit Northwestern and Notre Dame over the weekend, and he’ll head to Iowa State on March 30, Nebraska on April 6 and Wisconsin on April 13.
No offensive lineman was more violent than the 6-foot-2, 275-pound Hassenauer, who was a pancake machine against all challenging defensive tackles.
In the 2016 class, keep an eye on Cornell’s teammate Jovanny Garcia, a 6-foot-2, 270-pound defensive tackle that handled his business in 1-on-1s. Garcia is also a standout in wrestling.
Others that came down from Minnesota with the Unsigned Preps crew to perform well included cornerback Tim Gordon, who had an interception during 1-on-1s, running back Raymonte Maynard, a power back with a little wiggle, and quarterback Ricardo Johnson, who spun an accurate football all morning and afternoon.
Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech 2015 QB Jayru Campbell showed why Alabama, Michigan State and Notre Dame have extended early verbal offers.
Cass Tech Crisp
Two-time defending state champion Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech had a number of its players performing on Sunday, led by 2015 quarterback Jayru Campbell, who was on the money throughout the day.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Campbell threw the football with a ton of velocity, and was hitting receivers in stride on a number of different routes. Campbell was particularly impressive during the 1-on-1s, throwing ropes and racking up completions. Alabama, Michigan State and Notre Dame have already offered the two-year starter.
Only seen taking a few reps, Ohio State Top100 cornerback commit Damon Webb bottled up receivers during 1-on-1s and continues to show advancement at the position after picking it up just last summer. Ranked by the 247Composite as the nation’s No. 7 cornerback and No. 66 prospect overall, the 5-foot-11, 180-pound Webb will visit Ohio State on April 6 and attend the spring game on April 13.
Campbell’s two class-of-2015 teammates were equally impressive. Joshua Alabi, a physically impressive 6-foot-5, 245-pound defensive end, could also have a future on the offensive side on the college level. Running back Michael Weber’s great feet and quickness were on display during drills, and after rushing for 1,700 yards and 21 touchdowns during the fall, the 5-foot-10, 190-pound playmaker is using events like the Adidas Showcase to show he is a threat as a receiver out of the backfield as well. Michigan and Michigan State have already offered Alabi and Weber. Alabi showed up wearing a Michigan hoodie and says he’ll visit Michigan State next week. Weber told 247Sports Michigan was the school making the biggest early impression and that he plans to visit Ohio State on April 6, Notre Dame on April 13 and Alabama on April 20.
Junior linebacker Gary Hosey was among the event’s top linebacker, but fullback may be his best position on the next level. A well put together 6-foot, 225-pounds, Hosey is a powerful football player that plays fundamentally sound. Illinois and several MAC programs have offered.
Another junior linebacker in William White had a solid day. He holds offers from Cincinnati, Indiana and Toledo and plans to attend the Hoosiers spring game.
Fort Wayne (Ind.) Carroll’s Drue Tranquill came up with the Athletes With Purpose group, and he was the best player in the building not already holding a scholarship offer.
The 6-foot-2, 202-pound Tranquill played safety and was a physical defender during 1-on-1s, several times pushing receivers to the carpet. However, Tranquill is also a more than capable athlete that can flip his hips and used his 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash to run with everyone he was covering. Tranquill could grow into an outside linebacker on the next level and is hearing from several Big Ten and MAC programs.
One of the top cornerbacks in the building was the Hoosier State’s best at the position in Donovan Clark. Really smooth in his backpedal, the 5-foot-10, 170-pound Clark was lockdown during 1-on-1s making several plays on the football. Indiana has offered and is the current leader. He’ll visit Michigan State on April 2 and Northern Illinois on April 6, and plans to camp at both programs as well as Iowa and Purdue.
Also arriving with the AWP crew and performing well was Fort Wayne (Ind.) North Side linebacker D’Marcus Moon, who showed a knack during 1-on-1s for beating running backs to the edge and making plays. Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers quarterback Noah Wezensky continued to show he’ll be one of the state’s top signal-callers, looking particularly sharp in drills. Fort Wayne (Ind.) South Side defensive end Nathan Braster was one of the top pass rushers during 1-on-1s. Ball State was recently first to offer the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Braster.
Around The Facility
Southfield (Mich.) High Top247 defensive end Lawrence Marshall took a few reps at defensive end before moving over and showing his athleticism at receiver. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Marshall was rocked up and continues to add size each time we see him. Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State lead the way for his services.
Alpharetta (Ga.) Chattahoochee standout Collin Lisa was the most dominant receiver on hand. The day’s toughest cover, Lisa got open deep several times and ran away from most defensive backs. Cincinnati, Toledo and UAB have offered the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Lisa.
Saint Clair Shores (Mich.) South Lake offensive tackle Kyonta Stallworth is one of the state’s top 2015 prospects and was able to hold defensive linemen at bay with his powerful punch and long arms. Stallworth has good feet and moves well laterally. UCLA has already offered and he feels Michigan State could be next.
Detroit (Mich.) King receiver Avonte Maddox looked like the fastest receiver in the building. The 5-foot-9, 160-pound Maddox has offers from Ball State, Eastern Michigan and Toledo, and will attend Maryland’s upcoming spring game with teammate and classmate in cornerback Jalen Embry. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Embry continues to show the size and athleticism to be a BCS cornerback. He currently holds offers from Ball State, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Toledo and Western Michigan. West Virginia has also shown personal interest in both and would like to see each in camp.
Muskegon (Mich.) High will have a strong team in the trenches next fall led by defensive tackle Ken Finley and offensive guard Malik King. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Finley was one of the top interior pass rushers on Sunday while the 6-foot-4, 275-pound King was a physical presence from his offensive guard spot. Ball State and Eastern Michigan have offered both while Toledo and Western Michigan have also extended a scholarship to Finley who will likely end up landing BCS offers.
An intriguing offensive tackle was Southfield (Mich.) High’s Chukwuma Okorafor, who at 6-foot-5, 290-pounds was one of the more physically impressive players at the position. Okorafor has long arms and when he got his hands on the defender it was over in 1-on-1s. San Diego State and Western Michigan have offered.
Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville’s roster is always loaded with blue-chippers, and while the Tarblooders top group of 2014s didn’t attend, another crop of talent made their way up north. Quarterback Quon Robinson, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound junior, was on the money during 1-on-1s and reports offers from Akron and Kent State. Running back Devine Redding gets up field quickly after catching the football and is shifty with the ball in his hands. Indiana has offered. Defensive end Marquise Lewis is another at 6-foot-4, 230-pounds to keep an eye on.
Warren (Mich.) De La Salle linebacker Jared Wangler was one of the more fluid and athletic linebackers on site. The 6-foot-2, 212-pound Wangler added a Western Michigan offer over the weekend.
Oak Park (Mich.) High athlete John Kelly worked out at both running back and defensive back, and is one of the state’s top athletes in 2015. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Kelly says he’ll visit Michigan sometime before the end of the spring.
Along with Webb, Clark, Embry and Kelly, Clarkston (Mich.) High’s Timothy Cason II had a good day locking down receivers, particularly during red-zone drills in 1-on-1s. Bowling Green and Toledo have offered.
Indianapolis (Ind.) Heritage Christian offensive tackle Ethan McKenzie also had a strong showing during 1-on-1s. He’ll visit Indiana on April 13 and also get to Purdue, Wisconsin and Ball State sometime during the spring.
A solid quarterback group on Sunday. Besides Campbell, Johnson, Wezenksy and Robinson, Warren De La Salle’s 2014 Gio Rescigno, Troy (Mich.) Athens 2015 Alex Mussat and Roswell (Ga.) Blessed Trinity 2014 Chris Keegan all threw the football well.
Camp MVPs as voted by Camp Position Coaches
Notes included from camp staff.
Overall Camp MVPs
Jashon Cornell: "Physically imposing, great get off and was overall top athlete in a deep lineman group.
Curtis Doyle: Offensive tackle out of Alma (Mich.) Senior. "Strong initial punch, great feet and finished every block."
Avonte Maddox: "Worked out at running back and competed in 1-on-1s at receiver and played defensive back in 7-on-7s. Displayed great burst and first step, and was able to get open on every route in offense. Super quick and then sut down the top players while on defense in 7-on-7 competition with three interceptions."
Collin Lisa: "Ran the best routes all day, had no drops and ended the "best of the best" session with a spectacular one-handed catch to seal the MVP award."
Curtis Brunson: Cornerback at Farmington (Mich.) High. "No passes allowed in 1-on-1 competition. Played with something to prove and showed the ability to play press and off-coverage."
Ryan Brand-U of D Jesuit
Jayru Campbell Cass Tech
Mikey Roth-East Grand Rapids
Drue Tranquill- Safety MVP
Phillip Parham-Cass Tech
Tim Cason II
Terrance Montgomery- Atlanta (Ga.) Westlake Cornerback MVP
Chris Carter- Brother Rice
Chris Daniels- Muskegon Mona Shores- MVP
Christopher Okoye-Novi (Mich.) Detroit Catholic Central
Jari Dada- Fort Wayne (Ind.) North Side
JC Hassenauer- Co- MVP
Noah Dominque-St. Mark
Christian Spencer-Loganville (Ga.) Grayson
Londale Sanders- Southfield
Jared Wangler- MVP
Bryce Anderson- Birmingham Groves
Mike Weber- MVP
Ray Ray McCloud- Tampa Catholic- (played WR & RB left early due to injury)
Devine Redding- Glenville
Sean Perry-Cass Tech
Jake Cummings- Berkley
Damon Wright---MVP- Made the most spectacular catches all day
Raquan Carter- Detroit Loyola
KJ Hamler- Pontiac
Mike Rhoden Saginaw High
Top UnderClassmen- CLASS OF 2016
Lineman- Lawrence Gordon- 6-foot-5, 230-pounds, defensive end Saginaw Arthur Hill: "Held his own in 1-on-1 competition. Long arms and great first step and was able to win battles although he was a very raw athlete."
Running Back- Martel Pettaway, 5-11, 205, Saint Clair Shores (Mich.) South Lake: "Physical specimen, ran good routes and was able to run by linebackers in the run drills and stood out amongst a group of talented running backs at the camp."
Athlete- LeVert Hill- 6'0 175- Detroit Cass Tech: "Younger brother of Delano Hill, a Michigan commit. Only player to compete and win as a freshman at both receiver and defensive back. Still growing and should be a 6-2 receiver."
Quarterback- Cameron Haidere- Midland (Mich.) High: "Only middle school student on this list. Cameron stands at 6'3 and is an eighth grader. Class of 2017 future top prospect.
Receiver- Demetric Vance- 6-2,180, Cass Tech- "Able to adjust and catch the deep ball. Went over the top of smaller cornerbacks routinely and will continue to progress at a school known for producing Division-I prospects."
WR- Dez Fitzpatrick- 5-11 170, Farmington Hills (Mich.) Harrison: "Next in a long line of top receivers from Farmington Hills Harrison, Mill Coleman, Aaron Burbridge, Devin Funchess and Fitzpatrick is next. Probably the best overall route runner at the camp as a freshman. With his soft hands and quick feet he will definitely be one of the top receivers in the Midwest in 2016."