CLEVELAND, Ohio – Many of the Cleveland and Akron area’s top football prospects were on hand on Saturday for the Raw Talent Sports Combine.
247Sports was in the building too and takes a look at the top performers.
1. Joe Henderson, DE/OLB, Cleveland Shaker Heights: The 6-foot-4, 220-pound four-star specimen shined from the first whistle. Was very smooth during position drills, a fluid athlete with quick feet. Henderson moves well laterally and also runs well, as he proved when he took a rep at cornerback and stuck in the hip pocket of Dorian Baker, who holds a couple BCS offers. Speaking of scholarships, Henderson’s list continues to grow with Michigan State, Arkansas and Ole Miss all being the latest in the last week. Michigan and Louisville are two schools that have impressed the nation’s No. 16 weak-side defensive end early in the process.
2. Shaun Crawford, CB, Lakewood St. Edward: A rare two-way player at Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward that pulled it off as a sophomore this past fall, the 5-foot-9, 165-pound Crawford was able to show why he is one of the state’s top prospects in 2015. Crawford ran a pair of sub 4.4 40-yard dashes during testing including a 4.34 according to the event staff. He is smooth in his back-pedal and explodes out of it when breaking on the football. Crawford was unable to participate in 1-on-1s because of a cut on his eye but was flawless through everything else. Tennessee and Illinois have already offered and Crawford plans to visit Knoxville on April 6. Michigan is another program showing serious interest and he was in Ann Arbor last weekend. Whichever school Crawford ends up at, he’ll also run track.
3. Odell Spencer, WR, Cleveland Shaker Heights: The 6-foot, 170-pound Spencer owned the 1-on-1 portion of the evening. A tough cover that ran really good routes and had soft hands. Spencer was at his best getting separation in the intermediate passing game but also got open deep a couple times. Akron, Bowling Green and Buffalo have already offered and BCS scholarships could be on the way. Indiana, Michigan State and West Virginia are all showing Spencer personal interest.
4. David Dowell, WR/CB, Lakewood St. Edward: The 2015 prospect did his thing on both sides of the ball as a sure-handed receiver and then as a cornerback. Like his teammate and classmate in Crawford, Dowell made an impact as a sophomore at receiver for St. Edward and on Saturday proved he could be a difference maker in the secondary as well. Showing major quicks and good change of direction, the 6-foot-1, 175-pound Dowell is hearing from Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State among others, and has plans to camp at several of those schools this summer.
5. Dorian Baker, WR, Cleveland Heights: Along with Henderson, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Baker was one of the more physical-imposing prospects at the event. Holding early offers from the likes of Minnesota and Pittsburgh, Baker was able to use his size to dominate cornerbacks on short and intermediate passes, as well as high-pointing the football on deep throws downfield. While Baker may have the tools to be a receiver on the next level, he may better project as an outside linebacker on the next level. He easily has the frame to grow into that position, and would have above-average athletic ability.
Around the facility…
Dowell’s twin brother Andrew Dowell is a 6-foot, 195-pound running back hearing from the same schools, and they’ll obviously camp at the same places.
Leavittsburg (Ohio) LaBrae receiver Keevon Harris has been impressing at Raw Talent since he was in middle school and the freshman playmaker has developed into a 6-foot-2, 175-pound prospect to keep an eye on.
Akron (Ohio) Buchtel cornerback Tymeon Ollison was arguably the top cornerback in the building. Was lockdown during 1-on-1s and plays a physical brand of football.
Casimier Mitchell Jr., a 5-foot-9, 165-pound running back from Lakewood (Ohio) High had a strong sophomore season, rushing 192 times for 1,197 yards and eight touchdowns. He performed like an emerging talent at Raw Talent.
Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward safety Jack Walz tested well and is a fast physical safety.
Fayetteville-Manlius freshman running back Terius Wheatley worked out at receiver and was a natural pass catcher with quick feet and a good frame. The 5-foot-10, 160-pound Wheatley is the son of former Michigan great and NFL running back Tyrone Wheatley, who is now an assistant coach with the Buffalo Bills. Older brother Tyrone Wheatley Jr. will be one of the top recruits in 2015 and already has offers from the Wolverines, Penn State and Syracuse.
Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward 2016 running back Cole Guest was a rocked up specimen that ran away from linebackers and defensive backs during 1-on-1s.
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