again had a nice showing at an off-season event. He is long, smooth, and catches the ball very effortlessly. He made a couple of tough grabs in traffic using his long arms to go up high. He just needs to keep filling out and continue to get faster but could be a future big-time prospect.
Cincinnati Moeller's Chase Pankey is a good athlete and a sure-handed receiver who we think will add more offers over the next few months. Hamilton Heights (Ind.) junior Grant Weatherford has had a nice couple of days and has put himself further on the radar. He is a good athlete with good strength and runs nice routes. He also catches the football very well and did that again today including one where he had a defender draped on his back.
Detroit Cass Tech's Demetric Vance is a good sized kid and had a nice showing, including one beautiful route where he left the defender standing still. He is another 2016 prospect to look for. We also like Indianapolis Pike's Rashad Medaris.
Hamilton Southeastern (Ind.) junior Kyle Schrank was the tight end MVP. He could be an H-back in college. He runs well and catches the football consistently. He also could project at outside linebacker at the next level but is certainly a kid colleges will be paying attention to.
On the offensive line, sophomore Drake Jackson, for the second year in a row, had an outstanding showing. He is a technician with a good base, good strength and technique and although he was playing center for the first time, did not lose any reps in one on ones. That was good for him as his college position is likely to be at center. Already the recipient of a Kentucky offer, we could see a lot more coming his way over the next two years.
Brownsburg (Ind.) senior Evan Mallory has great size and did well in the one on ones. He has big hands and a big frame, and is a naturally strong kid. When he was locking onto would-be pass rushers, it was tough for them to have much success. His future may be more inside, but he had success at right tackle today and that could be a spot some schools look at him for as well. Decatur Central's Trent Maynard is only a sophomore but already has an offer from Cincinnati. He has great size and although he was not able to get in a ton of reps in one on ones, looked good when we were able to see him take those. Ohio product Rob Dowdy looked much improved from when we saw him last summer. He's changed his body and had a good run during one on ones.
Lexington (Ky.) Catholic's Woodford Lankford is a freshman to look out for.
Some of the best competition for those offensive lineman came from Gahanna (Ohio) Lincoln's sophomore Jonathon Cooper. A long, well-built pass rush or who is starting to make more and more noise. DaVon Hamilton from Pickerington Central has a great first step and is explosive, but has very little experience playing on that side of the ball so he needs to keep working, but he has the tools to be a very intriguing prospect for schools over the next few months. Southport's Dondaycee Millbrook is a nice sized prospect with a motor. He plays hard and with intensity and actually looks to us like he could put on the weight necessary to move inside at the next level. He just has to keep working on his technique.
In the secondary, Nordonia's Denzel Ward ran a blazing 40 time and was offered by Cincinnati. He is not real tall (5'10) but has long arms and good athleticism and is a great all-around football player. The defensive backs MVP was Dior Johnson of Southfield, a very impressive looking prospect on the hoof who is very physical and shows good ability to make plays on the football.
Farmington (Mich.) sophomore Jakkar Jackson had a good day in drills and in the rep we saw of his in one on ones.
At running back, three sophomores to watch are Brownsburg (Ind.) product Toks Akinribade, Parma (Ohio) Holy Name's Shakif Seymour and South Lake (Mich.) standout Martell Pettaway. All three have good size and did well in pass blocking as well as drills.
Oak Park (Mich.) junior John Kelly, who has several offers, showed good explosion and route running ability.
For the second straight day, Canadian import Jonathan Sutherland was very impressive. We were very surprised to learn he is only a class of 2017 prospect. He has a chance to be a major national recruit.