Recap: Sound Mind, Sound Body

A full, inside look at the annual Detroit camp. Who stood out, who earned offers and more.

There is no camp in the country where participants can be evaluated by the collection of staffs that come to Sound Mind, Sound Body. Throughout the two days of the camp, the kids were privy to speeches from head coaches like Urban Meyer (Ohio State), James Franklin (Penn State), Brady Hoke (Michigan), Mark Dantonio (Michigan State), Kevin Wilson (Indiana), Tim Beckman (Illinois), Jerry Kill (Minnesota), Chris Creighton (Eastern Michigan), Matt Campbell (Toledo), Dino Babers (Bowling Green), P.J. Fleck (Western Michigan), Paul Winters (Wayne State), and Matt Mitchell (Grand Valley State).

In addition, LSU coach Les Miles brought his son Manny, a quarterback, to the camp. Additional coaches from Cincinnati, Central Michigan, Howard, Stanford, Defiance, Concordia, Northwood, Saginaw Valley State, Akron, Ball State and more attended the camp and worked with the kids.

Speakers ranging from former NFL player Gerald McBurrows to high-energy motivational speaker Eric Thomas to various members of recruiting media and college staffs gave parents and players alike a wealth of information on the recruiting process, but also life skills.


Offers Extended Following the Camp:

- Patrice Rene, a class of 2016 defensive back from Canada was offered by Ohio State and Indiana. His counterpart, 2017 defensive end Luiji Villain was offered by Minnesota after the Gophers saw him at the camp.

- The Buckeyes also extended an offer to Traverse City (Mich.) West rising junior offensive lineman Thiyo Lukusa.

- Penn State extended an offer to one of the nation's top 2016 quarterbacks, Thousand Oaks (Ca.) Westlake's Malik Henry.

- Michigan offered Eastern Christian Academy (Md.) class of 2016 linebacker Dele Harding.

- Illinois offered two rising junior cornerbacks from Detroit who were at the camp, Cass Tech's LaVert Hill and King's Jesse Johnson. This was Hill's first offer and Johnson's second. The Illini also extended an offer to Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's 2016 linebacker Daelin Hayes, who also added Western Michigan and Cincinnati and Detroit Cass Tech 2016 lineman Michael Onwenu.

- Buffalo offered St. Joseph (Mich.) class of 2015 offensive lineman Wesley French after seeing him at the camp. They also offered Western Michigan commit and East English Village Prep (Mich.) wide receiver prospect Anton Curtis.

- Cincinnati offered Detroit Cass Tech quarterback Jayru Campbell, Junior McMullen (Oak Park, Mich.), a Western Michigan commit, Wyandotte Roosevelt (Mich.) 2016 wide receiver Donnie Corley, and Auburn Hills (Mich.) Avondale 2015 running back Joshuwa Holloman. Campbell played some receiver at the camp as well. Corley was top performer at receiver.

- Western Michigan offered Woodbury (Minn.) East Ridge 2016 teammates Kjetil Cline, a wide receiver, and defensive tackle Jojo Garcia.

- Two players from Georgia came away with offers, Norcross rising senior offensive lineman D'Andre Plantin with Illinois and Archer High rising sophomore Jamyest Williams. Plantin was considered by Scout to be one of the top offensive line performers there.

- Farmington (Mich.) 2016 linebacker David Reese, who performed well in the drills, was offered by Toledo.


Other Top Performers

- Detroit Western class of 2015 running back Romello Ross was outstanding in drills and one on ones. A Central Michigan commit, Ross drew interest from several schools at the camp, including Indiana. Other running backs who impressed included Levante Bellamy from Brebeuf Jesuit in Indianapolis, who is slightly built, but quick and catches the ball very well. Alex Grace (Saginaw Swan Valley, Mich.) is a good sized kid with good straight-line speed who could project to other positions as well. Lansing (Mich.) Sexton's Avonte Bell is a big, powerfully built back who may get looks on defense from schools. Trae Williams (Athens, Ohio) is a great athlete who caught the ball very well. He was one of the top performers at the camp. Marvin Franklin (Gibraltar Carlson) and Charles Turfe (Canton) are two from Michigan who will play in college.

- Daniel Crawford (Macomb Dakota, Mich.) is a sure-handed H-back type of tight end. He is committed to Northern Illinois, but recently picked up an offer from Cincinnati and drew interest from Minnesota, Indiana and other schools at the camp. Cole Chewins (Clarkston, Mich.) has a big frame and has continued to fill out and just looks all around better to us. He's bigger, stronger, and moving better than he was at this time last year. Centerville (Ohio) has a big prospect in Clayton Schmerber (6-7, 225 pounds) who will draw a lot of looks with his frame and potential. In the younger classes, Philadelphia (Pa.) Imhotep's Naseir Upshur showed why he is one of the top prospects in the country and has an extensive offer list. Brett Gasiorowski, a quarterback from Glenbard North (Ill.) came over to tight end and that may be where he ends up in college.

- At quarterback, Malik Henry showed off his powerful arm, Michigan commit Alex Malzone showed the skills that lead the Wolverines to offer in the spring, but there were many others who performed well. Jake Johnson (Dewitt, Mich.) is consistent and always has good tight sprials. Ryan Brand continues to impress with his arm talent, defying the notion that you have to be 6-foot-5 to put velocity on your passes. Riley Neal (Yorktown, Ind.) has a big frame and solid arm, while Green Bay (Wisc.) Ashwaubenon's James Morgan continued his impressive offseason. Alex Mussat (Troy, Mich.), Dakota Kupp (Waterford, Mich.), and D.J. Zezula (Clarkston, Mich.) are three rising seniors who do not have any offers yet, but both can throw the football and both will play on Saturdays at some level. Kupp has added good size this offseason. Brian Alsobrooks (Livonia Churchill, Mich.) came in with an Eastern Michigan offer and showed his ability to put velocity on the ball. Mikale Washington (Detroit King) is tall, has a nice arm, and may be nearing his firstoffer. A young prospect to watch is Detroit Cass Tech's class of 2017 signal caller Rodney Hall. Trotwood-Madison (Ohio) 2016 prospect Messiah deWeaver keeps impressing us with his improvement. He's added size and was throwing it well at the event.

- Grant Perry was a tough cover for defensive backs. The Brother Rice (Mich.) rising senior receiver is a polished route runner with sure hands. Cincinnati Princeton (Ohio) rising senior Elijah Ball came in with several offers and backed those up with his performance. Detroit Cass Tech's 2016 pass-catcher Demetric Vance and 2017 prospect Donovan Peoples-Jones were also among the top performers at the position. Chandler Park Academy 2016 receiver Jalen Martin is big and sure-handed.

- On the offensive line, Michigan State commit Kyonta Stallworth impressed as he has all offseason. He took on some of the camp's top defensive linemen and own. Wesley French (St. Joseph, Mich.) impressed with his raw tools. He still has to work on his pass set technique, but has good strength, athleticism, and the right demeanor for the position. Chase Van Hoef (Grand Haven, Mich.) drew additional interest at the camp with his performance. Sam Schlueter, a 2016 from Minnesota (Mayer Lutheran) has a tremendous frame and athletic ability. Cass Tech's Daimen Oliver is a rising senior with a chance to draw more interest. Eastern Christian Academy (Md.) guard Jamie Herr is very powerful and consistently won in one on ones. Dekurtis Murphy (Lake Michigan Catholic) is much improved since we saw him last and is drawing interest from various schools. Adam Matich (Clarkston, Mich.) is not as big as any other player on this list, but is tough, feisty and rarely lost in one on ones. Two from the city, Eric Martin, a 2015 prospect, and Cass Tech's 2016 prospect Ostell Martin are two others who caught the eye of colleges. East Kentwood (Mich.) has a massive 6-foot-9, 310-pound rising junior in Trenton Fincher who is still learning, but keeps improving each time we see him.

- Defensive backs who impressed included Southfield (Mich.) trio Davonte Ginwright, Dior Johnson and Ray Buford. All three are long and have different strengths. Ginright is rangy, Johnson is physical, and Buford, the corner in the group, is best in man to man. Obbie Jackson (West Bloomfield) is a quick footed cover corner who lacks prototypical size, but has skills. Bolingbrook (Ill.) 2015 corner Armani McNulty is long and comfortable playing man to man. Ja'Mar Antwine (Pontiac) recently received his first offer and is a nice-sized kid with good all around ability. Trevon Avery (Grand Blanc) is a good athlete with good ball skills. Devin Taylor (Lansing Sexton, Mich.) is a 2016 to watch. Hakeem Bailey was a boisterous, cocky cover man from Georgia who used his length and ball skills to compete with the camp's best receivers. Cass Tech's Jaylon Kelly-Powell and Donovan Johnson are 2017 kids to watch out for. Oak Park (Mich.) 2016 corner Abdullaah Yaseen made several nice plays during the one on ones as did Chippewa Valley's Karim Thomas.

- Top defensive line performers were lead by Jashon Cornell (Cretin Derham Hall), Brandon Tiassum (Indianapolis Park Tudor) and Shahid Bellamy (Oak Park). Corey Malone-Hatcher (St. Joseph, Mich.) is a 2017 kid who drew a lot of interest from schools with his performance. Likewise for Bryce Brand, another rising sophomore from U of D Jesuit. Johnny Jordan (Detroit Western) is another 2017 prospect with a big frame and high upside. The same can be said of Southfield (Mich.) Lathrup's Eyioma Uwazurike, a 2016 kid who already stands 6-foot-6. Eddy Wilson (West Bloomfield) is a good looking kid on the hoof who looked good in drills.

- The linebacker group was loaded. Michigan commit Darrin Kirkland and Scout 300 prospect Tyriq Thompson (Detroit King) led the way along with Western Michigan commit Antonio Balabani, who is physically impressive. Kyle Pugh of Chicago Bloom is an athletic rising senior who moved well in drills. Miami (Ohio) commit Carter Masek is another with good size and ability. Troy Henderson (Lakewood, Ohio) is a compact backer with several FBS offers. Central Michigan commit Michael Oliver is another who is powerfully built. Warren De La Salle (Mich.) 2016 backer Eric Rogers is an impressively built kid who looks college ready. A sleeper to watch is Pontiac (Mich.) Notre Dame's rising senior Anthony Gunn. East English Village Prep (Mich.) senior to be Kamahl March is another waiting on his first offer, but has good ability. Orchard Lake St. Mary's (Mich.) has a 2017 kid in Joshua Ross with several major offers and he showed why. He is bigger and more physically filled out but still moving well. Greenville (Mich.) 2017 prospect Evan Plate is one to remember, a good sized young kid.


The Future

The middle school camp was arguably just as competitive and "hyped" as the high school camp. While it is very early, we got to see a few kids who are likely going to be very good come high school. Mariano Valenti and Sam Johnson are two big-framed quarterbacks with good arms. Jerrin Harvey is an impressive pass-catcher who will be playing at Farmington Hills Harrison next year. The battles between Xavier Goldsmith, a corner who is headed to Cass Tech and Amon-Ra St. Brown, the younger brother of highly recruited Equanimeous St. Brown, was one of the highlights of the camp. Both are skilled beyond their years as is Jayvion Morton, who is expected to play a role for King this Fall. Keith Johnson Jr. is a big, physical linebacker who may have his hand down later in his career. There were numerous others who were very impressive throughout the camp and getting to see the next crop compete was a highlight for many, and the opportunity for those youngsters to be coached by the college staffs was invaluable.


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