May 4, 2010

Midwest Elite Camp: Standouts Pt. 1

The annual Midwest Elite Camp was held in Wixom Sunday and many of the top players in the state were in attendance, including several Central Michigan targets.

Traverse City West tight end Jake Fisher

-Many label the 6-foot-7, 250-pound Fisher as a potential Division I tackle, but Fisher turned heads at tight end this weekend. He ran great routes and hit the seems during the 7-on-7 drills and then dominated during the 1-on-1 drills with defensive backs. He already holds offers from Bowling Green and Western Michigan, but expect his offer sheet to grow considerably in the near future.

Williamston offensive tackle Ethan Wirth

-The 6-foot-6, 250-pound Wirth continues to impress in camps and combines and he showcased his footwork and technique this weekend. He set his feet quickly and used his long arms to fend off defenders. With a Bowling Green offer in hand, Wirth has height and athleticism, he just needs to add weight. In a talent-heavy group which included Corunna's Jalen Schlachter and Southfield-Lathrup's Willie Beavers, Wirth was the most impressive at the camp.

Byron fullback Zane Brugger

-Brugger immediately stands out because of his size (6-1, 226 pounds) and physical nature. During running back drills, he showed surprising athleticism and ran over everything in his path. Brugger also displayed a tremendous work ethic and he has a bright future as a throwback fullback.

Ithaca quarterback Alex Niznak

-While he clearly has some work to do on his throwing motion, Niznak possesses a live arm and showed good short-to-intermediate accuracy. His deep ball accuracy was off a bit, but that's typical with most young passers. Physically, he's as impressive as there is in the state, but it was his huddle presence and leadership that stood out during the camp.

Livonia Clarenceville linebacker DeOndre Hogan

-Hogan recently picked up his first offer from Central Michigan and he lived up to his billing at camp. Now completely healed from a knee injury that cost him his junior season, Hogan showed tremendous coverage skills for a 6-1, 238-pound linebacker and he was one of the most impressive athletes in attendance.

Muskegon defensive end Damon Knox

-At 6-foot-2 and 240 pounds, Knox possesses good size for a defensive end and was almost unblock-able during 1-on-1 drills. He has an impressive first step and routinely bull rushed his way through defenders.

Plymouth defensive end Brennan Beyer

-There may not have been a more impressive prospect at the camp than the 6-foot-4 and 222 pound Michigan commit. Beyer's first step was unmatched and there was not an offensive lineman in the camp that could keep him fro turning the corner. With 4.5 speed and tremendous lateral quickness, Beyer could be a standout at either DE or LB.

Canton running back Davion Stackhouse

-Stackhouse has ideal size at 6-foot and 194 pounds and he showcased his agility and cutting ability during running back drills. He was not the fastest back in attendance, but his ability to get in and out of cuts as well as take contact stood out.

Look for more standouts very soon!

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