Fast forward to today and 400 high school players are on the stadium turf at Wayne State and Mathis and Gholston arrived with scholarship offers from around the country.
"That was when I thought I was going to be an offensive player," Gholston laughed. Now one of the nation's top defensive ends, he worked out as a tight end here the first year.
Mathis has taken it upon himself to mentor the young players here, particularly Cass Tech freshman cornerback Terry Richardson. Much like Boubacar Cissoko did for Mathis, he has made sure Richardson knows what it takes to succeed.
"That's my protégé!" Mathis yelled after he made a play.
Here are our notes on Richardson and other youngsters who will someday hold many offers themselves. For a look back at our first report from June 2007, click here.
Terry Richardson – CB – Detroit Cass Tech (2012)
After shining at our Cincinnati combine, Richardson came here and was again one of the top cover corners in attendance. He made two great interceptions in 7-7s which showed his ball skills and ability to go up and battle for it with bigger receivers. He is a fluid athlete who doesn't back down from anyone and he looks like a good bet to continue the tradition of cornerbacks that has been started at Cass.
James Ross – LB – Orchard Lake St. Mary's (2012)
Everyone in Detroit already knows this kid they call "Biggs." That is because Ross has been as dominant a PAL player the city has had in recent years. He is already pretty filled out for a kid as young as he is and his footwork in drills was quick and fluid. He has a great chance to start this year for the Eaglets and a good season will really catapult him as far as recruiting goes.
Danny Larkin – WR – Madison Heights Madison (2012)
Larkin has great speed and ability to separate. He burst past defenders and left a few in the dust with his change of direction. He made one of the plays of the day when he ran a fade, got held and still caught the ball in the corner of the end zone with one hand and kept both feet in bounds. The kid is a natural.
Brian Blackburn – QB – Warren Cousino (2012)
Blackburn did not play PAL, so he already has one year of experience as a varsity starter. He is huge for his age, already standing over 6'5 and 210-lbs. He has a strong arm and looked much improved from when we saw him in the winter. He has prototype tools, is a smart kid and is working hard at the game.
Royce Jenkins – LB – Detroit Cass Tech (2012)
Jenkins, Ross and Richardson all played for the Westside Cubs, which hardly seems fair. Jenkins already looks like a senior, standing 6'2, 205-lbs. He looks like he could grow into an edge rusher, but looked pretty good in space and in coverage during 7-7s. He is physically ready to play and is a tough kid and that gives him a great chance to get on the field for Cass Tech this year.
Stay tuned for more from the Sound Mind, Sound Body camp all this week