OSU NIKE Stock Watch
Maurice Fleming
Maurice Fleming
Midwest Regional Manager
Posted May 26, 2011


Here are several players who raised their stock this weekend at the Ohio State Elite 11 and NIKE Football Training Camp.

Note: Many players did very well at the NIKE Camp over the weekend. Some of the top players really don't have room to go up. This list is simply guys who did better than expected, or showed something we did not know they had. As a result, their performances and continued excellence could earn them rankings boosts in the future.

Ondre Pipkins
Defensive Tackle | Kansas City (Mo.) Park Hill

We knew he was good, but I don't think anyone expected the big man to be as dominant as he was. At 6'4, 322-lbs, he showed power, quickness, and all the makings of a big time defensive tackle. As I said before, he can play for anyone in the country and his offer list is starting to match that. We had limited film on him before, so he was ranked conservatively, but I think a big jump is possible for him.

Collin Michael
Quarterback | Lexington (Ohio)

A knee injury has slowed his progress, but we have liked Collin since his freshman year. We like him even more now that he has grown to 6'6, 230-lbs, throws rockets and has shown his knee is healed. He has two offers right now, but I'd take him over some of the guys I've seen with 10-15 offers. Once he gets in front of some college coaches this summer, I think his list will keep growing. He has BCS level size and arm strength.

David Perkins
Outside Linebacker | South Bend (Ind.) Washington

How do you improve stock when you're a four-star? Blow by everyone you go up against, that's how. Perkins is similar to Pipkins, in that, he likely won't gain any stars, but he should move up positionally and nationally. He's a special athlete. I still believe his ceiling is highest as a hybrid edge rusher, but there are a lot of schools who like him as a running back, a position he can also play at the BCS level.

Sebastian Smith
Safety | Pickerington (Ohio) Central

Smith came in with just one offer, but it was a Big Ten offer from Indiana. As it turns out, the Hoosiers knew before everyone else what a talent he is. He's long, has good ball skills, and simply needs to add weight before becoming a complete safety prospect.

Roger Lewis
Wide Receiver | Pickerington (Ohio) Central

Lewis has killed it at every camp he has gone to this off-season. He's a good sized kid with excellent ball skills. On a talented Tigers team last year, he did not always have a ton of opportunities, and that kept him a little off the radar for awhile, but the offers are starting to roll in and I think more will come this summer if he performs like he has been.

Maurice Fleming
Wide Receiver | Chicago (Ill.) Curie

Fleming is a fantastic athlete on film, but that was at quarterback. At the Army Combine, he was a running back. His college position is likely to be receiver though, and he showed the ability to make that switch in Columbus. He is smooth and has explosiveness in and out of his breaks, as well as natural ball skills. For a kid who has hardly played receiver, he was impressive.

James Knapke
Quarterback | Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers

Knapke has now been one of the top passers at two straight events. On a loaded Luers team last year, he did not have to do much for them to win games, but did have a solid year. Still, this recent camp tour has shown his arm talent. He has great zip on his passes, and a short, quick release. He was also very accurate. He's not overly big, but he can really throw it. He should see more offers come his way this summer.

Billy Eakin
Cornerback | Pickerington (Ohio) Central

Eakin came from completely off the radar and put himself firmly in the mix. He is not the biggest guy, but has very good cover skills. He has good feet, recovery speed and he is aggressive. He did not back down from bigger receivers and did well in the one on ones.

Marcus Davis
Wide Receiver | Dublin-Coffman (Ohio)

We had him in our initial Ohio Top 100 list, and he showed why this weekend. He is smaller, but has excellent route running skills and hands. He made a couple of tough, highlight reel type grabs during Saturday's one on ones and drills.

Ruben Lile
Defensive Back | Detroit Cass Tech (Mich.)

Lile is shedding the sleeper tag quickly. His length at 6'2, 200-lbs and ability to cover man to man at that size is making schools take notice. At NIKE, he showed off his ball skills as well, going up to make a couple interceptions. Wisconsin and Vanderbilt subsequently offered, and his list should continue to grow.

Alex Pace
Defensive Tackle | Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville

Glenville was loaded, as usual, last year, so I think we may have glazed over Pace a bit. We definitely noticed him this weekend, as he used his pure power and athleticism to win the majority of his one on one reps. He is deserving of all those offers he holds.

Dalton Demos
Quarterback | St. Louis (Mo.) Christian Brothers

Demos does not have any offers, but he was accurate and consistent throughout the Elite 11 tryout. He is on the skinner side, but he did very well and made a name for himself with this weekend's performance.

Deionte Buckley
Running Back | Warren Central (Ind.)

I always saw Buckley as a pure north-south, no nonsense type running back who would be a solid player, but maybe not wow you in a camp setting. He changed that notion this weekend as he was very good in space and caught the ball extremely well. He also did well in the pass protection drill, all off which gives him a great chance to play early at Cincinnati.

Jordan Wallace
Linebacker | Warren Central (Ind.)

Wallace consistently was one of the best performers in each of the drills. He was great in space, and excellent in the blitz drill. I was surprised at how well he dealt with running backs in the open field in some of the coverage and pursuit drills. He should see a rankings bump.

Kyle Knapp
Offensive Lineman | Portage (Mich.) Northern

Knapp had the tough task of facing some of the top defensive linemen in the country, but he held his own and came away with the O-Line MVP. He has a few offers right now, but continued performances like this one should grow the list

Chris Davis
Wide Receiver | Austintown (Ohio) Fitch

Davis showed that size doesn't matter as he went up against bigger defensive backs who are Division-1 prospects in their own right, and beat them. He has great burst and catches the ball very naturally.




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