Breaking Down the Commitments
Sheldon Day made his choice last night, committing to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The in-state product is a defensive tackle in high school, and will project to end in the Irish's 3-4 scheme. He's not your prototypical 3-4 defensive lineman, but his package of skills, I believe, will allow him to succeed despite that. He has a quick first step, one of the quickest in the country, and does a great job with his hands. He also has a great motor. He'll be a disruptor, a penetrator that create havoc in the backfield. In passing situations, I could see him sliding further inside and supplementing the heat the OLBs will be bringing off the edge. He offers versatility and the ability to play in multiple looks.
Another Indianapolis area defensive lineman, Langston Newton ended his recruitment today, choosing Kentucky and the chance to play with his brother, Morgan Newton. Langston is a big kid at 6'4, 240-lbs. He is pretty well filled out and has long arms. We had a chance to see him at the Columbus NIKE Camp, where he had good burst off the ball. As he continues to use his hands better and develop more pass rush repertoire, he'll really be able to take advantage of his physical tools. He is a guy who, I think, may need a redshirt year, but has very good upside.
According to several reports, Bolingbrook (Ill.) linebacker Antonio Morrison has committed to Florida. Morrison is an athletic, speedy backer and a striker. We saw him last season and felt he was best on the attack, as a blitzer and guy moving towards the line of scrimmage. We have not seen a lot of him when asked to cover, but he has the athletic tools to do so. At 6'3, 220-lbs, he has some filling out to do, but has good weight room strength already.
Creston (Iowa) defensive end Collin Bevins has chosen to stay in-state and picked the Iowa State Cyclones, who were his first offer. A bit of a late bloomer, Bevins is a strong high school wrestler in a 6'5, 240-lb frame.
Toledo flipped a Miami-Ohio commitment yesterday, when they landed Sandusky Perkins tight end Michael Ebert. A 6'6, 245-lb kid, we could see him developing into an offensive tackle, or be a great blocking tight end and red zone weapons.
Buffalo picked up Lexington (Ohio) quarterback Collin Michael. We think this was a great pick up for them, as we see him as a high level prospect with great size, good arm strength and smarts. He hurt his knee last season, which may have affected his recruitment some, but we were impressed with him at the Columbus NIKE Camp and several other spots. He could easily be a future starter for the Bulls.
Chicago Simeon (Ill.) quarterback Robert Gregory has added offers from Iowa and Arkansas.
Detroit Cass Tech (Mich.) linebacker Laron Taylor has been offered by Toledo, but says the Rockets will not make his final cut. Iowa leads over Cincinnati.
Toledo also offered Bowling Green commitment Coy Brown, but the outside linebacker prospect says he is solid with his verbal.
Buffalo has offered Plymouth (Mich.) running back-defensive back Donte Fox and he says he will visit the school this weekend.
Bloomfield Hills Lahser (Mich.) linebacker Tyler Roth was offered by Cornell.
Sleeper of the Week
Holt (Mich.) two-way lineman Sawyer McFadden really impressed us at Michigan State's camp and his film matched what we saw him person. He's about 6'3, 255-lbs and is a tough kid with good strength. We like him a little more as a defensive tackle, although he could play guard too.
Underclassman of the Week
Shelbyville (Ind.) class of 2013 defensive end Ethan Runnebohm is one to watch. He's 6'3, 240-lbs and was an All-Conference selection a year ago and was also a key contributor on the varsity basketball team.
We take a look at several of the new commitments in the region and more.