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Tops At Best Of The Midwest

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - On Monday, the annual Best of the Midwest Combine hosted many of the top prospects in the class of 2014, 2015 and even 2016. Among the nearly 200 prospects on hand were the nations No. 22 ranked prospect in the 247Composite, athlete Marshon Lattimore (Cleveland, Oh./Glenville), who took home the top overall performer award.

Jashon Cornell of Saint Paul (Minn.) Cretin Derham Hall performed like one of the nation's top 2015s on Monday.

1. Marshon Lattimore, CB/ATH, Cleveland (Oh.) Glenville

The 5-foot-11.5, 180-pound Lattimore locked up every wide receiver he faced working exclusively at corner. He clocked forty-yard dash times of 4.48 and 4.49, pro-agility shuttle times of 4.17 and 4.31, and had the look of a pure corner in press coverage in one-on-one’s and six-on-six. His ability to flip the hips, run with even the fastest of receivers with ease, and react and close on the ball is among the best in the 2014 class.

Lattimore has offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Southern California and many others. He has unofficially visited Ohio State several times.

2. Bo Hines, WR/ATH, Charlotte (NC) Charlotte Christian

Like Chris Lammons (Plantation, Fla.) last weekend at the South Florida Express tryout, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Hines came into Monday off the national radar, That has changed after a day that included a 4.41 forty-yard dash, a 4.02 shuttle, 6.9 L-cone and 10’4” broad jump. He backed up his fantastic testing day running precise routes that included burst off the line of scrimmage, the ability to sink the hips in and out of cuts and instant separation following. Hines also showed sure and strong hands.

Hines, who has offers from Massachusetts, Ball State and Charlotte, finished second in the 100-meters at the state meet in the spring of 2012 with a time of 10.65 seconds. Nebraska and Duke are expected to offer in the coming weeks, and N.C. State may also follow suit.

3. Jashon Cornell, DE, Saint Paul (MN) Cretin Derham Hall

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Cornell was the top class of 2015 prospect on hand. While he left early with a teammate to make an unofficial visit to Northern Illinois, he was dominant at times in one-on-one’s with an excellent first step and the natural ability to run the arc. Cornell also tested well running a 4.71 forty-yard dash, a uber impressive 4.2 pro-agility shuttle and a 7.37 L-cone. Notre Dame and Iowa are recruiting him the hardest at this point.

4. Marcelys Jones, OG, Cleveland (Oh.) Glenville


The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Jones has lost weight and it showed today. In one-on-one’s, the Ohio State commit and Top100 prospect was dominant winning every rep expect for a slip on his second to last. Jones built confidence with every rep, and continued to jump in and ended up taking more reps than any other lineman. Physically, Jones showed quick feet and the ability to mirror. His broad shoulders and wide frame present a true challenge for any defensive lineman to work around, and this will especially be the case at guard on the next level.

5. Jalen Embry, CB, Detroit (Mi.)King

The class of 2014 cornerback was among the most competitive on hand. He jumped into the fire at every chance, and was terrific in press coverage. If he didn’t knock the opposing wide receiver off his route and take him out of the play immediately, he did a very good job of re-routing, and then staying attached down the field. He also flipped to the offensive side of the ball and showed natural hands catching the ball. Embry, who has Ball State and Toledo offers, posted a 4.48 forty-yard dash.

6. Drue Tranquill, S, Fort Wayne (In.) Carroll

Like Hines, Tranquill entered the combine completely off the national radar. The 6-foot-1, 202-pound budding two-sport star first blew up in the testing portion ripping off shuttle times of 4.07 and 4.12, and followed it up with a 4.5 forty-yard dash. In coverage, the high school safety flipped his hips fluidly, ran with any wide receiver and got his head around and tracked the ball with finishing ball skills. Tracking the ball and finishing with sure hands looked very natural, but is also not surprising considering he is a talented center fielder that will be a likely MLB draft choice in the spring of 2014. Indiana is showing the most interest early on.

7. Darius West, S, Lima (Oh.) Central Catholic

Top247 prospect Darius West lived up to his lofty billing on Monday with an impressive showing in one-on-one’s and six-on-six. The 6-foot-0, 195-pounder with offers from Penn State, Louisville, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Indiana, West Virginia and others was natural and fluid in coverage, especially in off coverage. West also took limited reps at wide receiver and showed the ability to beat press coverage and separate vertically.

8. Erick Smith, S, Cleveland (Oh.) Glenville

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Smith came into the combine as one of the top prospects and left the same. Smith ran 4.07 and 4.41 in the shuttle, a 4.62 in the forty-yard dash and showed the ability to break well on the ball. While Smith is better in off coverage as a pure safety, he competed in press coverage and took rep after rep. A better player in the Friday night setting than a combine setting, Smith was still among the best on hand. Ohio State is the early favorite for Smith with Michigan likely to receive an unofficial visit in the coming weeks.

9. Chris Frey, OLB, Columbus (Oh.) Upper Arlington

The 6-foot-2.5, 210-pound Frey took home the linebacker MVP award, and was easily the most intense and physical prospect in attendance. Frey, who has offers from Syracuse and several MAC schools, was explosive in drills with violent hands and a non-stop motor mentality. He will visit N.C. State next weekend, and also plans to hit Tennessee, Michigan State and Indiana for spring practices.

10. Drew Broughton, OG, Fishers (In.) High

The near 6-foot-3, 260-pound Broughton shared offensive line MVP honors today showing a blend of foot quickness, knee bend and the ability to mirror at guard. Broughton, who has an offer from Massachusetts, is flying under the radar, but his ability to play is not in question.

Notes

*Class of 2014 athlete Lonnie Johnson (Gary, In./Westside) ran a 4.52 forty-yard dash. While the 6-foot-3, 190-pounder worked out at wide receiver as he has at previous combines, we feel like he projects to safety at the next level. Ohio State has offered and leads over Illinois and Nebraska.

*Wide receiver Jon Vea’ Johnson (Gary, In./Westside) proved again to have some of the best hands in the Midwest in the 2014 class. The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder also recorded a 4.56 forty-yard dash Monday.

*Class of 2014 Avonte Maddox (Detroit, Mi./King) turned in an impressive testing day running a low-4.4 in the forty-yard dash, and looked explosive in drills and one-on-one’s. Ball State is the latest to offer the 5-foot-9 corner that also excels on the baseball diamond at shortstop.

*Corner Donovan Clark (Fort Wayne, In./South Side) turned in an impressive day in coverage and continues to prove he is one of the top cover corners in the Midwest Region in the 2014 class. Indiana has offered the 5-foot-10, 170-pounder, while Illinois, Purdue and Iowa are also showing interest.

*Mineral Ridge (Ohio) High running back Devine Redding was a great run blocker and complete back in bringing home his position MVP honors. Indiana has offered and he'll visit Louisville next weekend.

*Another top tester was class of 2015 running back Justin Tranquill (Fort Wayne, In./Carroll). The 5-foot-11, 180-pound brother of 2014 safety Drue Tranquill posted an uber impressive 4.45 in the forty-yard dash, and showed natural hands out of the backfield. Was also a good blocker.

*The top quarterback on hand was a member of the class of 2016, Noah Wezensky (Fort Wayne, In./Bishop Luers). The 6-foot-3, 175-pounder took home quarterback MVP honors and is already on the radar of Notre Dame and Cincinnati.

*There were four future BCS linebacker on hand besides Frey. Four-star linebacker Brandon Lee of Indianapolis Lawrence Central, Airius Moore (Dayton, Oh./Beaver Creek), Dorian Hendrix (Dayton, Oh./Wayne) and Carl Fuller (Detroit, Mi./King). Lee was one of the standouts in one-on-one’s, Moore is an instinctive linebacker and Fuller ran a pair of 4.6’s and possesses the frame college coaches covet on the outside.

*Wide receiver Cameron Polk (Fishers, In./Southeastern) ran a pair of 4.4’s in the forty-yard dash. He currently has an offer from Massachusetts with many more expected this spring.

*Another state of Indiana wide receiver that clocked a 4.4 forty yard dash was Terry McLaurin (Indianapolis, In./Cathedral). This was another strong testing day following an impressive showing at the Nike SPARQ Combine Saturday in Ohio.

*Terre Haute (Ind.) South defensive tackle Junior Berry won defensive line MVP honors. A good looking prospect at 6-foot-2, 305-pounds, he is already on the recruiting radar of several schools including Indiana, Purdue, Iowa, Missouri and Michigan State.

*Mishawaka (Ind.) Marian offensive lineman Kirk Barron improves in every camp and has all the tools to be a center at a BCS program. He shared offensive line MVP honors with Noah Dominique from Ottawa, Canada. Kansas and TCU programs are showing the most early interest.

*South Bend (Ind.) Adams athlete Shaq Vann worked out as a running back but may be a better safety on the next level. Was a physical player and among the top blocking running backs during one-on-ones. Vann is a versatile player that could also play receiver.

*East Chicago (Ind.) Central athlete Martayveus Carter also worked out at running back and along with Vann and Redding was one of the more physical blockers on hand. Carter is also very quick and fluid. Has the ability to play at a BCS school.

*Saint Clair Shores (Mich.) South Lake running back Martell Pettaway was along with Wezensky the top 2016 in attendance. Was dominant blocker that also had a knack for getting open in 6-on-6 play. A great looking specimen at 5-foot-9, 185-pounds.

*A pair of Westerville (Ohio) South teammates shined in junior tight end Darryl Long and sophomore offensive tackle Rob Dowdy. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Long won tight end MVP honors. He has good ball skills and used his great frame to make plays over smaller defenders. The 6-foot-6, 265-pound Dowdy has really good feet and as he develops more strength, all the tools to be a big-time prospect. Indiana was first to offer on Sunday.

*Saint Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall cornerback Tim Gordon recently picked up his first offer from North Dakota and is receiving personal interest from Minnesota, Boston College, Pittsburgh and Northern Illinois.

247Sports National Writer Steve Wiltfong contributed to this report.

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