Midwest: Weekend Camp Notes

We give you a recap on this weekend's camps and 7 on 7s, including players to watch and more.

  • Scout was at both the Michigan State 1-day camp and the Eastern Michigan 7 on 7 Shootout on Saturday.

    At the EMU shootout, which Farmington Hills Harrison won, the star was four-star wide receiver Aaron Burbridge. In the championship game, we saw him catch five touchdowns in almost as many possessions, showing great explosiveness and outstanding ball skills. One of the scoring grabs was a wheel route he ran from the backfield and he was doubled on the play, but went up over two defenders to make the grab. He also had a great day at corner, intercepting several passes and breaking up many others. He is without a doubt, an elite talent.

    Michigan commit Devin Funchess did not disappoint either. He's long, lean, and runs good routes. We knew he could go up and get it, but what he did here that we hadn't seen as much, was display run after the catch ability. He caught a short out, turned upfield and out ran an entire defense on one touchdown. He'll have weight to add to become an effective tight end, but he's a matchup problem waiting to happen.

    A few other Harrison players to watch: safety Lamarr Marshall who has good speed and playmaking skills. Quarterback Jake Vento played slot receiver last year and that will be his college position, but he's a very good player, and rising junior wide receiver/cornerback Gairus Coleman has good hands and quickness.

  • According to our Jack Lyman, who was at Illinois camp, the player who emerged was Chicago Hales Franciscan wide receiver Willie Allen, a player we have been high on for some time. At 6'4 and over 220-lbs, he was clocked in the 4.4 range. Academics are holding him back from some offers, but if he gets that settled, he could quickly find himself with many BCS offers as a receiver or linebacker.

  • We were at Michigan State for two days. The players we think put themselves in best position for a Spartan offer are linebacker Mason Monheim from Orrville (Ohio), offensive tackle Logan Dietz from Pittsburgh (Pa.) Central Catholic, Marlington (Ohio) running back Alden Hill, and Lancaster (Ohio) linebacker Luke Roberts.

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