The RAS (Redefining Athletic Standards) Camp presented by Bedrock Youth Academy and AWP Sports Performance took place on Saturday on the beautiful campus at Trine University.
Coaches attended from Indiana, Ball State, Bowling Green, Toledo, Ohio, Eastern Michigan, Grand Valley State, Northwood and more.
Those coaches had a good group of kids to look at. The class of 2016 prospects were particularly strong. Fort Wayne (Ind.) Wayne defensive end Auston Robertson just started playing defense but his natural athleticism is elite as is his frame and his performance resulted in an Indiana offer later in the day. What's scary is how little he has been playing the position. He has a chance to be a very high level guy and very highly recruited.
Bishop Luers wide receiver Austin Mack was the overall MVP of the camp. It was nothing different from what we had seen of him before though. He always puts on strong performances and his size, speed and ball skills were on display today.
Woodbury (Minn.) East Ridge defensive tackle Jojo Garcia looks like he's gotten taller and trimmed down since we last saw him. His day was cut short by injury, but prior to that, he showed his talent. He was quick, showed excellent flexibility and blend, and good technique with his hands. Chicago (Ill.) Mt. Carmel's rising senior Kevin Thurmon had a good performance. He's a compact defensive lineman with quick hands and solid strength. He earned a Bowling Green offer after his performance.
The quarterback group was lead by several younger kids who are already highly recruited, but will be even moreso in the future. Fort Wayne Carroll's Aidan Smith lead the way as MVP. He's mechanically sound for a young kid, spins it well and was accurate. His counterpart Noah Wezensky is a taller kid who throws a nice ball and had a good day, he just has to keep getting stronger. Brownsburg's Hunter Johnson is only coming out of his freshman year, but has the talent to be a high BCS recruit. He's polished, consistent and puts good velocity on the ball especially considering his age. Fort Wayne Snider's Isaac Stiebeling did not come in with the press clippings of the guys above, but he left as one the college must keep an eye on. He has good height and a nice, fluid throwing motion.
At wide receiver, Grant Weatherford had a good day. He's a competitive kid who has gotten thicker and stronger and always seems to find a way to get his body in good position to make tough grabs even with the coverage is there. He looks like he could play on the defensive side of the ball as well and is drawing looks there. Fort Wayne Homestead's Ben Skowronek, a 2016 prospect, has excellent size and ball skills. Keion Powers and Minnesota native Datrice Mulsomo are two slot guys who are not big but are very quick and make a lot of plays. Sean Engel of Chaska (Minn.) and Malik Bramley of Fort Wayne Snider are two 2016 kids who have attractive skills. A tight end prospect to watch for is Columbus North's rising junior Drew Schoeberl who has good size and solid hands.
On the offensive line, Fort Wayne Carroll's Blake Yagar had a good performance. He still has to add weight to his frame, but is tough and has solid technique. Jason Sims is a big kid from Romeoville (Ill.) with upside. Isaac Barrios (Elkhart Central) was the MVP. He's not a tall or long kid but tough and strong.Devon Hickman of Chicago Mount Carmel is another strong interior prospect. A 2015 kid, he drew interest from schools today.
The linebacker MVP was Marcus Stepp of Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger who had a good performance. The defensive backs MVP was Deion Powers who makes up for not being as big as the receivers he covers with great technique, quickness and ball skills. Jessie Bates of Snider and Brandon Thomas of Concord are two Indiana seniors to be who will play at the next level.