NLA 7 on 7: Michigan Sleepers

Nate Dreslinski

The home state of Michigan accounted for a large number of players at last weekend's Badger Sport/New Level Athletics. We saw several kids from the state who are without offers, but we think will eventually earn them. Here are some of the best "unsigned hype."

In terms of weekend performances, not many guys had a better two day span than Clinton tight end Nate Dreslinski. The 6'4, 220-lber is a high school wide receiver, but will move positions in college and is likely to be a flex type tight end. He has outstanding ball skills. He did not drop a pass all weekend and was able to use his size to go up and make catches in traffic. He is a good route runner who found open areas in zone and then presented a mismatch in man. I would be very surprised if he did not end up with a few offers coming out of the summer.

One guy who really moved himself up was Detroit Southeastern linebacker Edward Davis. All of our scouts who saw him this weekend agreed he was one of the best at the event and in the Midwest. His performance caused me to go back and look at tape on the Jungaleers from last year and he showed up in those games too. He's just under 6'3, 215-lbs and can really move. He has good agility and lateral quickness and was able to turn and run with backs and receivers. He showed his athleticism by playing on offense too. Without seeing his full tape, I still believe he may be one of the top 10-15 players in the state.

A similar prospect to Davis is Berkley's Terrell Porter. I knew about him as a big running back, but we got to see him in person play all over the field this weekend. Physically, he may have been the best speciman at the event. He is a chisled 6'3, 205-lbs and while he was not as fluid side to side as Davis, I thought he may have been a little faster. He strikes me as a future edge guy in college. He admits to having some academic work to do, but he is a legitimate FBS/D1 prospect.

Two more Southeastern prospects who did very well were Brandon McKay and Darryl Flemister. McKay is a nice sized defensive back who played more cornerback last year, but was at safety this weekend and looks like that's where he will end up. He has good size and ball skills. Flemister is a great athlete who can really go up and get the ball. He is about 5'11-6'0, but pretty well put together and plays much bigger than that height. His ball skills and physicality set him apart and he could be a really good safety as well, as evidenced by his 12 interceptions a year ago. He'll go to some camps and do really well this summer and I could see both of these guys ending up with some offers.

Melvindale's Courtney Williams caught touchdown after touchdown. At 6'2, 210-lbs, he has great size and the thought coming in was that he would probably be a college safety or even outside linebacker. However, this weekend, he showed the route running skills and hands to project to wide receiver as well. Williams' team also featured two nice sized safeties who will draw some college looks in Big Rapids' Justin Currie and Farmington's Mitch Sanders. Muskegon's Kavonta Keyes is smaller (5'7,165), but is very quick and made a lot of plays. He has good hands on offense and showed good hips and closing speed as a cornerback on defense. Ann Arbor Pioneer's Ryan Griffin had a really good showing too, catching the ball very well out of the backfield and slot and covering well at cornerback.

At the quarterback spot, Grand Blanc's Ryan Morley did very well for himself this weekend. He is smart, accurate and makes good, quick decisions with the football. The main concern with him is lack of prototypical size, but I think there are certain colleges and systems that he can play in. He has a lot of the intangible qualities you want in a quarterback. Cass Tech's Keith Moore is another who doesn't have great size, but he had a nice weekend throwing the ball. Farmington's Matt Craven is a tall, athletic kid. I think he still has some mechanical work to do, but he had a nice weekend. He has good touch and nice placement on his passes. Flint Carman-Ainsworth's Allen Overton does not have great height, but he has a really strong arm.

One guy who showed up late but quickly made some plays was West Bloomfield safety Derrick Mason. A high school linebacker, the 6'0, 190-lb Mason looked athletic and instinctive enough at safety to project there. Grosse Pointe South linebacker Stanley Scott had a nice performance for that team as well.

A few smaller wide receivers had good weekends. Highland Park's Jermal Hosley was held back by a hamstring injury, but showed the hands and route running abilities that have made him such a great high school player. He's not tall, but is pretty well built and has sure hands. Detroit Kettering's Dequante Humphery is quick and catches the ball well, but lacks great size all around.

Detroit Cass Tech's Kishon Wilcher is fast and can catch the ball out of the backfield. He also did well in his limited reps at cornerback. He is one of the faster players in the state and I think that alone will get him some looks despite his lack of great height.

Finally, Carleton Airport's Jodeci Mays was one of the stars of day one, catching touchdown after touchdown. He is fast and shows great body control and ability to adjust to the ball in the air. He also does well after the catch and is a guy I think colleges will start recruiter harder as his name and tape gets out.

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