ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The two football fields at Concordia University in Ann Arbor were littered with future BCS players on Saturday at the first-annual Adidas Invitational.
The nation's top-ranked OLB Jaylon Smith is one of the nation's most versatile prospects.
Here’s a quick look at the Top-10 performers.
1. Five-star outside linebacker Jaylon Smith stood out above the rest. The Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers standout, and the nation’s No. 6 prospect overall, continues to live up to his billing during off-season events. After winning MVP honors at the Best of the Midwest earlier this year, Smith again showed his versatility against many of the Midwest’s top prospects.
Smith’s afternoon started with him shutting down running backs on toss plays, including one snap where he bottled up the quick and elusive Berkley Edwards. Just a physical specimen, the long and rangy Smith quickly sniffs things out to get to the football quick.
Later in the day, Smith used his 4.4 second 40-yard speed to rack up several interceptions covering running backs and then playing cornerback. He could run with everybody, he was physical, he could jam everybody. One kid he just drove backwards before he could get off the ball and into his route. Smith really broke on the football and has the soft hands necessary to make a big play instead of just a deflected pass.
2. Like Smith, four-star cornerback Jourdan Lewis showed his versatility. The Michigan commit out of Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech locked down all the top receivers at the event, only getting beat deep one time by Notre Dame commit James Onwualu. He had great hip turn, good break on the ball and he was aggressive.
Lewis also lined up at receiver and was one of the few to catch a pass against a swarming Smith. Lewis said that Michigan has mentioned playing receiver could also be a possibility on the next level, and on Saturday he was certainly a playmaker on the offensive side of the ball.
3. Warren (Mich.) De La Salle quarterback and Michigan pledge Shane Morris was everything he should have been as the nation’s No. 2 pro-style passer. The strong-armed lefty was extremely sharp in every aspect mechanically, and he spun the ball really well. He had a very quick release, and he uses his eyes well in not staring down the target. He was head and shoulders above the other signal-callers in attendance.
4. Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech Top247 offensive lineman David Dawson is one mean cuss. The Michigan commit violently took it to sought after defensive lineman Joe Mathis in two easily won matches of tire tug-a-war. In 1-on-1s, he was a bully of an offensive lineman, going back and forth with Mathis and dominating nearly everyone else he faced. He delivers a good punch and has a great base. Has really reshaped his body from the season and is down 25 pounds to 280. You could tell the nation’s No. 9 offensive guard is not carrying much extra weight on his 6-foot-5 frame.
Four-star CB and Michigan commit Jourdan Lewis also showed his versatility, proving he can play WR at a high level as well.
5. Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech defensive tackle Kenton Gibbs has a nice first step and great burst off the ball. Several times he was barely touched in 1-on-1s. He’s currently favoring his offer from Illinois but added that he’s also very high on Wisconsin. The Badgers have yet to extend a scholarship.
6. Standing in at 6-foot-6, 265-pounds and already holding early offers from Michigan, Ohio State, Stanford and Syracuse, Detroit (Mich.) Loyola defensive end Malik McDowell has the look of a future blue-chipper. After a slow start during agilities, he showed why he’s going to be such a sought after prospect. McDowell used a variety of pass rushing moves, including a slick spin, and was virtually unblockable during those drills.
7. Warren (Mich.) Collegiate receiver Teo Redding is still looking of his first offer, but he certainly more than held his own against the many bonafide prospects in attendance. The 6-foot-2, 165-pound Redding had several spectacular catches, including grabs against Lewis and Smith. His ball skills were superb and he ran precise routes. He did a fantastic job of selling double moves. Toledo could be close to offering with Michigan State being the BCS school showing the most personal interest.
8. Nobody came farther to participate on Saturday than Upland (Calif.) High defensive end Joe Mathis, who confirmed with 247Sports that Michigan was his leader following his visit to the Wolverines campus on Friday. Mathis quickly bounced back from his tug-a-war defeats to Dawson to be one of the tougher defensive linemen to block. He’s a tough kid that battles, plays extremely physical and just outmuscled offensive linemen from the momentum built from his quick burst and play with good pad level.
9. Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech prospect Delano Hill proved he could cover as a 6-1, 190-pound safety prospect. He had several interceptions, playing with solid technique and fundamentals. Illinois, Iowa and Syracuse have offered.
10. Grand Blanc (Mich.) High defensive end Luke Maclean looked really athletic going through agility work and bag drills, and followed that up with really good reps during 1-on-1s. He had a nice swim move. Cincinnati became the first BCS program to offer the 6-foot-4, 235-pound Maclean back in February.
Honorable Mention Performers
11. Jon Reschke, 2013, LB, Bloomfield Hills (Mich.) Brother Rice (committed to Michigan State)
12. James Onwualu, 2013, WR, St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall (committed to Notre Dame)
13. Jayru Campbell, 2015, QB, Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech
14. Reggie Spearman, 2013, LB, Chicago (Ill.) Simeon
15. Berkley Edwards, 2013, RB, Chelsea (Mich.) High
16. Mike Rogers, 2013, WR, Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers
17. Chance Stewart, 2014, QB, Sturgis (Mich.) High
18. Dennis Finley, 2013, OT, Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech
19. Derek Brown, 2014, OG, Yale (Mich.) Senior
20. Desmond King, 2013, CB, Detroit (Mich.) Crockett
Coming in the next couple days from this event, a photo gallery and notebook.
Wolverine247 staff writer Clint Brewster contributed to this report.
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