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June 15, 2012
SMSB: Evaluating the familiar names
SOUTHFIELD, Mich: Top prospects have been streaming in and out over the course of the two-day Adidas Sound Mind Sound Body Football Academy this week, so here is a look at 10 who showed up for portions of the event and how they looked.
OL Cameron Dillard, Plymouth (Mich.) Canton: Dillard participated only in the second half of Wednesday's session of the Adidas Sound Mind Sound Body Academy, and we only really saw him take one rep at offensive guard. What we did notice, though, is that Dillard continues to develop physically and is looking very much like a college offensive lineman already. He looks all of his listed 6-foot-3 and is pretty well chiseled with little bad weight.
RB Berkley Edwards, Chelsea, Mich.: Fresh off his most recent offer from Iowa, Edwards was out again on Wednesday showing off the skills that have made him a standout at nearly every off-season camp. Edwards is a camp machine, and it makes a lot of sense because his skills are showcased well in this setting. From his agility in position drills to his pass catching out of the backfield and even his blocking against linebackers, Edwards is a well-rounded back.
DB Delano Hill, Detroit Cass Tech: Several of the players on this list are well-traveled on the off-season camp circuit, and that includes Hill. The frequent competition has helped Hill's progression but does not appear to have kept him out of the weight room. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder gets thicker and more ripped every time we see him, yet he still is out there moving well and showing plenty of range from his safety position.
CB Desmond King, Detroit Crockett: Several were calling the 5-foot-11, 170-pound King the Midwest's most under-recruited prospect; but then he picked up an offer from Wisconsin earlier this month and is on the verge of a couple more Big Ten offers. What makes King special as a cornerback is that he is always in position and has a great sense when the ball is in the air. That allows him to be in position for interception after interception
CB Jourdan Lewis, Detroit Cass Tech: Some of the best one-on-one matchups during the event involved Lewis - on both sides of the football. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Lewis is going to Michigan to play cornerback, but he is also a BCS-caliber wide receiver prospect. Lewis is so quick with his cuts that he creates instant separation from defensive backs, and he also has great hands. Both attributes also serve him well at the cornerback position.
QB Shane Morris, Warren (Mich.) De La Salle: Morris led a solid group of quarterback prospects at the event but clearly stood out as the top player at his position. The Rivals100 prospect is really in control of his game right now, and his passes are coming out of his hand beautifully with velocity and accuracy. He was told by Michigan quarterbacks coach Al Borges, who was working the event, to throttle it back some on day one, but overall Morris varied his speeds well during the event.
WR James Onwualu, St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall: Onwualu had to catch an early flight back to Minneapolis on Wednesday, but the Notre Dame commit made his presence felt in the short time he was working out at the event. We noted after the Illinois NFTC that Onwualu looked a step quicker, and he showed that again at SMSB. He is setting up defensive backs extremely well and has the sharpness in his cuts to exploit that advantage. Then, his size and strength give him an edge over most defensive backs.
LB Jon Reschke, Birmingham (Mich.) Brother Rice: Reschke was another prospect who attended just the first portion of Wednesday's session. Just as in previous camps, his work in the running back-linebacker blitz drills was particularly impressive. Reschke stepped in against some of the top running backs in attendance and used his combination of size, speed and agility to make quick work of all comers.
LB Reggie Spearman, Chicago Simeon: If there is a major Midwest camp, Spearman will be there. The Chicago native has been a camp warrior this off-season, and he is seeing the dividends. His performance at the SMSB Camp caught the attention of Ohio State coaches who were working the camp, and he is now looking to visit Columbus. Camps are also helping him with his pass coverage, and he is now doing an outstanding job flipping his hips and staying with receivers.
ATH Aregeros Turner, Akron (Ohio) Copley: This was our first time seeing Turner live, and we were surprised when he went and lined up with the defensive backs group to start out the camp. He rushed for 1,700 yards in just seven games as a junior, but defensive back makes sense for Turner. He has a lean 5-foot-11 frame, and speed is his greatest asset. He showed plenty of comfort checking wide receivers and could project as a cornerback or free safety on defense.