CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Many of the Midwest’s top prospects continued making a name for themselves at Sunday's Nike Football Training Camp held on the carpet of Memorial Stadium on the University of Illinois campus.
Michigan State is getting a well-rounded back in Gerald Holmes.
Top100 receiver Laquon Treadwell earned 247Sports top player honors, while Ohio State commits Jayme Thompson and Ezekiel Elliott, Notre Dame pledge Steven Elmer, USC commit Ty Isaac, Purdue verbal Danny Etling, Top247 defensive end Elijah Daniel, uncommitted offensive lineman Tyler Lancaster and Top100 rising juniors Clifton Garrett and Jeff Jones rounded out the list.
Several more prospects were deserving of the Top-10 as well.
Other BCS Commits Shine
-High school football is easy for Northwestern’s four-star quarterback commit Matt Alviti. The Park Ridge (Ill.) Maine South signal-caller has the game slowed down on this level, and effortlessly hits receivers in stride throwing from the pocket and on the move. Alviti has a strong arm, is a really good decision maker, and is a great fit for the Wildcats offense.
-Minnesota has landed a good one in in-state cornerback Keelon Brookins, who at 6-foot, 180-pounds has good size, and he really attacks the football in the air. His versatility allows him to match up with tight end bodies and he looked very comfortable in coverage.
-Michigan four-star tight end commit Jake Butt isn’t going to wow you in a camp setting, but the Pickerington (Ohio) North product is a good, solid, big-bodied prospect that was capable in everything that he did.
-Future Illinois running back Kendrick Foster looked at home running on his future field. The Peoria (Ill.) Richwoods standout showed really good change of direction, and at 5-foot-8, 185-pounds, is a powerful bowling ball type runner that stays low to the ground.
-Other than Ty Isaac, there wasn’t a running back that stood out more from a physical standpoint than Michigan State bound Gerald Holmes. Out of Flint (Mich.) Carman-Ainsworth, the 6-foot-1, 209-pound Holmes is big, catches the ball well and was an above average blocker during drills.
Wisconsin four-star DE commit Chikwe Obasih was one of the day's top pass rushers.
-Michigan four-star cornerback commit Jourdan Lewis can run with any receiver in the country, and broke up several passes on Sunday. The Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech standout has really good ball skills and was one of the quickest through cone drills.
-Wisconsin four-star defensive end commit Chikwe Obasih was one of the better defensive linemen. At 6-foot-4, 240-pounds, he has a really great frame and was really strong at the point of attack.
-Future Notre Dame receiver James Onwualu was a polished pass catcher that uses his size well and sucked in every football that came his way.
Rising Seniors Ripe For Big Ten/BCS Offers
-Plainfield (Ill.) East center Tyler Lancaster earned 247Sports Top-10 honors, and heads to Northwestern’s camp on Friday already holding offers from Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan. Among a deep and talented offensive line group, the 6-foot-3, 260-pound Lancaster shined as a powerful and quick lineman that rarely lost a rep. Also has a great frame for an interior line prospect.
-One of the best linebackers during drills was Romeoville (Ill.) High’s Caleb Bailey, who earned high praise from the coaches putting them to work. Ball State, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Miami (Ohio), Northern Illinois and Toledo have all extended full-rides to the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Bailey.
-South Bend (Ind.) Clay’s Shakir Carr is another offensive lineman that held his own against many of the camp’s top pass rushers including Top247 defensive end Jason Hatcher. The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Carr looks good on the hoof, has long arms and above average athleticism. Holding offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Miami (Ohio) and Western Michigan, he’s all set to camp at Michigan State on June 16.
-A similar prospect to Michigan commit Jake Butt, Terre Haute (Ind.) North’s Calvin Blank was a good looking tight end that got himself open frequently during drills. At 6-foot-5, 225-pounds, he looks the part and already has scholarships from Ball State, Bowling Green, Northern Illinois, Toledo and Western Michigan.
Indianapolis (IN) Speedway 2014 WR Justin Brent has the look fo a BCS prospect and will camp at Cincinnati and Notre Dame over the next few weeks.
-Indianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central defensive end Anthony Winbush is a little undersized at 6-foot-3, 217-pounds, and didn’t play much as a junior in a deep rotation, but the last two Nike Football Training Camps, he’s been arguably the top speed rusher flying off the edge. Winbush has a lot of physical upside. Early offers have come from Ball State and Western Michigan, and he’ll try and earn a scholarship at an upcoming Purdue camp.
-Fort Zumwalt (Mo.) East outside linebacker Mason Burnett broke his ankle as a junior in just the second game so there’s not much film on him. However, college programs are attracted to his 6-foot-4, 204-pound frame, and his off the charts athleticism. Burnett reports a time of 21.96 in the 200-meter dash. He’s set to camp at Illinois, Iowa, Kansas State and Missouri.
Class Of 2014s To Think About
-Mishawaka (Ind.) Marian’s Kirk Barron is a strong, nasty interior offensive lineman that has good footwork. He camped at Tennessee last weekend and will hit Pittsburgh and Indiana this coming weekend.
-Indianapolis (Ind.) Speedway receiver Justin Brent stands out on the hoof. He’s a fluid athlete and has the look of a prospect that could be highly recruited. The 6-foot-3, 182-pound Brent currently has camps scheduled with Cincinnati and Notre Dame.
-Hinsdale (Ill.) Central receiver/tight end Ian Bunting stands in at 6-foot-7, 190 pounds with a frame to really fill out. Despite his size, he does a great job of sinking his hips and getting in and out of his breaks. In agility drills, he was better than a lot of the smaller receivers. Bunting missed most of his sophomore season with injury, however he’s still drawing interest from Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Penn State and Purdue.
-Chicago (Ill.) De La Salle has a potential big-timer in 6-foot-5 290-pound offensive tackle Jamarco Jones, who is a big, strong kid that you can tell is still learning. He is far from a finished product, but he’s a natural athlete and powerful young man. He showed really good athleticism and it’s easy to see why Illinois and Vanderbilt have already offered.
Illinois and Vanderbilt have already offered 2014 OT Jamarco Jones.
-Tommy Mister doesn’t have the most polished throwing motion, but the Oak Lawn (Ill.) Richards quarterback completed a lot of passes on Sunday. He showed nice touch with the football, and the ability to make plays down the field. With early scholarships from Illinois and Notre Dame, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Mister was also one of the best overall athletes on the field.
-Another likely big-timer is Crete (Ill.) Monee linebacker Nyles Morgan, who arrived with offers from Illinois and Notre Dame. He has really good burst, is deceptively quick, and at 6-foot-2, 215-pounds, covers ground really quickly. Morgan looks like the type of linebacker that can really pack a pop because of how quickly he can get going in short spaces.
-The footwork and knee bend Cedar Falls (Iowa) High offensive tackle Ross Pierschbacher displays are elite for a kid his age and size. As he continues to develop strength, he will become more explosive off the ball. He was one of the more competitive offensive linemen at the camp. Iowa, Iowa State, Nebraska and Wisconsin are among the schools to extend an early offer.
-Hiawatha (Kan.) Senior defensive lineman Peyton Newell played on the interior on Sunday, and tackle is not a spot he’s used to playing, but that’s probably his future role. The 6-foot-3, 270-pound Newell was very active with his hands, and once he got comfortable at the position, he became one of the tougher players to block in the afternoon. Offers have already come in from Baylor, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, TCU and UCLA.
-Saint John (Ind.) Lake Central defensive end/linebacker Gelen Robinson (6-1, 232) was one of the state’s top athletes this year, earning All-State honors in football, wrestling and track and field. The son of former Purdue basketball great and NBA veteran Glenn Robinson Jr., the younger Robinson is an impressive looking specimen, that is very strong and runs well. He’ll camp at Michigan and Notre Dame over the next two weeks.
-Chicago (Ill.) Mount Carmel defensive lineman Enoch Smith could play end or tackle on the next level. Holding offers from Eastern Michigan and Northern Illinois, the 6-foot-2, 263-pound Smith had good burst, and once he got into hand-to-hand combat during 1-on-1s, he was a powerful player.
News & Notes
-Invited to The Opening from this camp thus far has been Laquon Treadwell, Ty Isaac, Ezekiel Elliott, Steven Elmer, Elijah Daniel, Michigan commit Jourdan Lewis and Tyler Lancaster.
-MVPs given by the camp by position group were Danny Etling at quarterback, Ezekiel Elliott at running back, Laquon Treadwell at receiver, Ross Pierschbacher at offensive line, Elijah Daniel at defensive line, Reggie Spearman at linebacker and Keelon Brookins at defensive back.
-Notre Dame four-star offensive line commit Colin McGovern participated in drills and offensive line instruction, but was unable to go during 1-on-1s because of tendinitis in his knee.
-Dekalb (Ill.) High running back Dre Brown stood out as an impressive 2015 prospect that caught the ball well out of the backfield, including an effortless one-handed reception. He’s well put together at 5-foot-11, 180-pounds and looks the way you want a running back to look.
247Sports National Analyst Barton Simmons contributed to this report.
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