Scouting Report: Inkster at East Kentwood

Devin Gardner

East Kentwood shocked Inkster 52-33 last night, despite a great performance from 5-star quarterback Devin Gardner. Here are our notes on his performance as well as the other prospects in the game, including an East Kentwood sleeper.

Game Recap
East Kentwood's offense rolled through the Viking defense last night, amassing 495 total yards in a 52-33 victory. Inkster star quarterback Devin Gardner did as much as he could, accounting for all five Viking touchdowns, but the Falcon machine kept matching those touchdowns and then some. As impressive as Gardner was, we also came away impressed with East Kentwood senior free safety/wingback Deonte Hurst, who could end up in the FBS ranks, as well as Inkster sophomore Marquise Wallace, who looks like a future top recruit in his own right.


Inkster

7 Devin Gardner Senior Quarterback
Stats: 19/30, 389 yards passing, 3 touchdowns; 102 rushing yards, two touchdowns; 1 INT, 1 fumble
Gardner ended up accumulating 491 yards of total offense in a losing effort. 66 of that came on the first play from scrimmage when he eluded several defenders and took off up the sideline for a touchdown. East Kentwood is a strong track school (state champs) and have two champion sprinters on the team and afterwards, their coaches remarked at how amazed they were that Gardner pulled away from their defense on that play. Throughout the night, Devin lead several quick scoring drives and looked very comfortable in hurry up situations. What I liked about him as a passer was his quick release. Last season, he often would scramble and find open men breaking open late, sandlot style. This year, he gets rid of the ball quickly and on time, hitting his receivers in stride. His final completion numbers, 19-30, were not even indicative of his passing as he had quite a few passes dropped.
Areas for Improvement: He threw several catchable deep balls that could have been placed better. They were tough adjustments that the receivers could have made, but Devin could have made it easier on his targets. He threw one interception late (the last pass of the game) off a tip. He also had one fumble when he was going in for a touchdown and extended the ball and had it knocked loose.
Overall: Despite the loss, Gardner was outstanding. After missing his first two passes, he was on the money the rest of the night. He showed his athleticism, rushing for 102 yards, we knew he could do that. It was his improved passing which stood out. His leadership and playmaking ability are intangibles that, when combined with his physical tools, make him an elite prospect.

81 Jonathan Taylor Senior Wide Receiver
The Central Michigan commitment had several nice catches. One, he went up high over a defender for and came down with one foot in bounds. However, he dropped a sure touchdown pass and failed to adjust to another that could have been for a score. He also had a fumble after a reception. He is a good athlete and has decent size to go along with smooth routes and good quickness. However, I'd like to see him play with more aggressiveness.

3 Terrence Stevens Senior Cornerback
Stevens wasn't thrown at tonight. He showed his outstanding speed running down a few ball carriers on longer runs. Overall, he could improve in run support, mostly at recognizing plays and getting off blocks. As a cover man, he was physical and has the speed to run with anyone. I still think he could get a late FBS offer, if not, he would be a fine pickup for a smaller school.

4 Nathan Lindsey Senior Safety
Lindsey only played on defense. He made a couple nice tackles and had a good kickoff return. He is a good sized kid with decent speed and took good angles to the ball.

5 Daniel Lindsey Senior Safety
The more I watch the Lindsey twins, the more I think they will be strong safeties in college. Daniel came up and make a couple nice tackles, a few of them behind the backfield. He got caught looking in the backfield on a couple of playaction passes, but had good coverage on a deep ball.

52 Sterlin Griffin Senior Defensive Tackle
Big bodied kid (6-3, 280) who plugs the middle, but needs to play lower and more consistently for the entire game. Has good potential and athleticism to go with his frame. I think he will see some FBS looks, but would be a good pickup for a 1-AA or D2 school if he doesn't get the FBS offer.

58 Jarhaur Jackson Senior Offensive Tackle
Jackson played some on defense, but should be an offensive lineman in college. He is a good athlete with a great frame. He still has some filling out to do, but he has a lot of upside.

13 Romeiro Williams Senior Linebacker/Defensive End
A big kid with a great frame (6-5, 220), he had a sack and two tackles for loss. He has potential, but struggled to find the ball at times. He should grow into a college defensive end and put his hand down in college, but he played a little of everything tonight.

9 Vorheese Zanders Senior Wide Receiver
Had three big catches, one he almost broke for a touchdown. He runs great routes, has good speed and made a tough grab in traffic with a big hit coming. He left me wondering why he doesn't get the ball more. I like him every time I see him and someone is going to get a steal with this kid.

8 Dwight Trammer Junior Linebacker
Is a good sized kid with a good build. Is tough at the point of attack. Very good at plugging in the inside run. Sideline to sideline, he could do a better job of getting to outside runs. He is tough, strong and a sure tackler, but improving speed will be his biggest key.

24 Donovan Lindsay Junior Safety
Played a lot in the box and is good in run support, but we did not get to see him in coverage much.

6 Da'Shawn Bell Junior Running Back
Broke a couple runs. Undersized, but is quick and can make people miss.

54 Marquise Wallace Sophomore Defensive Tackle / Guard
Remember this name. Wallace has the potential to be one of the top recruits in the state as a senior. He plays offensive tackle, but projects to guard in college. Yesterday, we saw him on defense too and he was quick off the ball, got good penetration and played hard. He needs some technical work there, but already 6-3, 280-lbs as a sophomore, he could be one of the best two-way linemen around in two years with continued development.


East Kentwood
3 Deonte Hurst Senior Wide Receiver/Safety
Hurst is the state champion in the 100m dash, but we found out tonight that he is not just a track star. He scored on a run, caught a long pass and broke up several passes. He was all over the field. On defense, I was very surprised at how hard he hit for a 6-0, 175-lb kid. He decleated one Inkster receiver and then knocked another out of the game a few plays later. He was impressive all around and could easily earn himself an FBS scholarship if he keeps up this type of play.

7 Jon Henry Senior Quarterback
A quarterback who also returns kicks, Henry is a good athlete who projects to wide receiver or safety at the next level.

4 Wily Urena Senior Wide Receiver
A big body (6-3, 207), Urena has decent, not great speed. He only got two passes thrown to him all night but is a good looking prospect who could get some late looks.

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