Photos of some of the standouts from Friday night's game, one in which the home squad Crete-Monee…
Scouting: Crete-Monee vs Simeon
CRETE-MONEE Four-star linebacker Nyles Morgan lived up to the hype. A top 50 national prospect, he was very active and made a couple of highlight reel hits. He's good in space and pursuit and demonstrated his closing speed on several occasions. When he got to the ball carriers, he let them know he was there. He's gotten bigger and stronger since last season and has added more physicality to his play. He was a little more on the lanky side when we first saw him, but he's a full-fledged, college ready linebacker now. Defensive end Chris Slayton had two sacks and a forced fumble. He also had a 20-yard reception on offense. He's a nice sized kid (6-5/278) and did a nice job using his hands. He plays a little tall still, but is a good athlete who played and pursued hard. Senior cornerback Deon Benton is one to watch. A nice size kid who made a couple nice plays on the night. I suspect he will draw plenty of 1-AA looks and may be a candidate for a late FBS offer. Senior receiver Kevon Love, who is just picking up football, is 6-foot-4, 200-pounds and has ability, but is still in the learning process. Likewise for 6-foot-6, 180-pound Carlos Baker. Junior linebacker Omari Stringer, who has a Toledo offer, had a relatively quiet night, but is a long kid who was a safety last year but has the frame to fill out. CHICAGO SIMEON Senior offensive tackle Denzel Ward, a Purdue commit, showed he has made strides since last season, his first playing football. He has added weight and gotten thicker. His strength was evident in the run game, where he did a nice job. In pass pro, he was solid. He did get beat by Slayton once, but all in all, had a solid showing. He still has a lot to learn, but he has improved and as long as he keeps putting in the work and doing what he needs to do off the field, he has a chance to capitalize on his massive 6-foot-9 frame. I felt his effort and improvements were positive signs. Senior defensive end Eddie Randle, a 6-foot-5, 270-pound kid, is strong and made a huge hit in the backfield. He's likely to be an inside guy in college and doesn't have any offers, but should play at the next level in college. Senior Darnell Cockrell is an explosive receiver, corner and return man. He got too brave on a couple punt returns he should have fair caught, but he's electric with the ball in his hands and has the quickness to play in the secondary in college as well. He has some classroom work to take care of, but the talent is there. Sophomore offensive lineman Keevin Agee (6-3/255) played varsity as a freshman last year and is expected to be the next one in the Wolverines' recent offensive line run.
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