Madison Southern (Ky.) class of 2015 four-star running back Damien Harris gives the latest in his…
Best of the Midwest: U-M Prospects
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Best of the Midwest Combine brought some the area's best talent to Indianapolis to test and showcase their skills at Monday's event. The combine was filled with BCS talent, as well as young up and comers who could end up being the next big prospect on Scout.com. As far as Michigan is concerned, there were plenty of prospects that the Wolverines covet – and it all starts with Berea (Ky.) Madison Southern 2015 running back Damien Harris. The one-time U-M commit, put on display of power, speed and athleticism in his testing on Monday. He ran in the 4.3s in his 40, and was named MVP of his position group. He is rated the No. 2 running back in Scout's latest player rankings – and it's justified. What stood out the most from Harris, was not his speed and power, but was his willingness to pass block in drills. He showed a nasty side, and if he's willing to pass block, that means he could be a three-down back at the next level. Southlake (Mich.) 2016 RB Martell Pettaway put a solid performance on Monday. He stands at 5-11, 195-pounds, and looks like he is filling out physically. He is not as fast as Harris, but still showed great agility in running drills. He has a nice spin-move, and can cut with the best of them. He also has enough speed to get away from most defenders. Still only a sophomore, Pettaway will need to work on his pass blocking skills this off-season, but he is definitely a prospect to watch moving forward. If you didn't know who Wyandotte (Mich.) Roosevelt 2016 wide receiver Donnie Corley Jr. was before Monday's event, you certainly did afterwards. After showcasing tremendous hands and route running skills, Corley was named MVP of his position group. He made some nice catches in 1-on-1s and runs nice clean routes for a young prospect. He nice long arms and runs well for his size. At 6-foot-1, 170-poounds, he will need to add a little weight in the future, but he is for sure a name to remember in the 2016 class. Canadian Jonathan Sutherland, who is only 2017 prospect, turned some heads at Monday's event. Still a freshman, he stands at 6-foot-1, 180-pounds and was working out with the running backs. He also plays defensive back, and looks like he could be big timer when it is all said and done. He is fast and moves well, and was a willing participant against some of the older guys in camp. Detroit Cass Tech ( Mich.) 2015 WR Demetric Vance had a nice showing. He won his fair share of 1-on-1s and is long possession receiver. He doesn't have top end speed, but certainly makes up for it with his hands. Oak Park (Mich.) 2015 cornerback John Kelly showcased good cover skills in 1-on-1s. He is not afraid to go bump and run against bigger receivers. He is good athlete and has nice recovery speed. He is a track guy, so speed will never be an issue with Kelly.
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