Detroit (Mich.) Southeastern wide receiver Fred Smith has been blowing up as of late of the recruiting circuit and after the MVP performance that he put on at the Scout.com All-American Combine on Saturday it is easy to see why. Smith checked in at a chiseled 6-foot-2 and 206-pounds. While others may have tested a little better, Smith separated himself in drills and during the one-on-ones. He followed that up with a solid showing in the seven-on-seven portion of the combine as well.
Smith dropped a pair of passes early and that seemed to upset him as he didn’t drop another one the rest of the day. Smith named three schools when we asked him who he was most focused on.
“I’m taking my time, but right now I’d say schools like Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State are ones that I like,” Smith said.
Quarterback – Jordan Roberts - Aurora Christian, Illinois - 2009
Roberts, only a junior to be showed outstanding poise for a young quarterback. He was the total package. He made all the throws and showed very good velocity and touch when needed. He narrowly edged out Mark Tolzien, but Roberts tested so he gets the nod.
On the Cusp: Mark Tolzien (Fremd, Ill.) and Jordan Luallen (Center Grove, Ind.).
Running Back - Elliott Dutra - Whiteland, Indiana - 2008
Dutra, 5-8, 175-pounds, ran a 4.47 in the forty-yard dash which was tied for the fastest in the camp. He also won a race that pitted the combines fastest three players Dutra, Robert Peeples and DeShannon Fryerson against eachother. He ran a (7.18) L-Cone and posted a 35-inch vertical and a 9-6.5 standing broad jump. Dutra also showed great quickness and explosion in the drills. He also proved that he is a very solid receiver out of the backfield. Dutra is still awaiting his first offer, but our guess is it will come soon enough.
On the Cusp: Bennett Welser (Moline, Ill.) and Quintus Johnson (Homewood-Flossmoor, Ill.).
Wide Receiver - Wes Kemp - DeSmet, Missouri - 2008
Wes Kemp always hears people doubting him. There are people who think he’ll be a tight end at the next level, but after seeing Kemp in person it only backs up what we see in his film and that is he can play wherever he wants. Tight end could be the best fit because of his size and body style. He doesn’t seem like a quick twitch type of guy. One thing is for sure, Kemp gets open and he catches everything thrown in his direction. He impressed by running a 4.6 on a very slow surface. On field turf he probably hits 4.5/4.45 range. Kemp has a pile of offers and now we see why. John Lamb was easily the top tight end in attendance and deserves to be mentioned in this group. Lamb and Fred Smith give Southeastern a nice pair of weapons in the passing game.
On the Cusp: Elias Kos (Holland Christian, Mich.), Daryl Gooden (Huron, Mich.), John Lamb (Detroit (Mich.) Southeastern) and Luke Swift (Center Grove, Ind.).
Offensive Line - Neil Deiters - York Community, Illinois - 2008
Its not often that you have so many choices on the offensive line, but that is exactly what we have. Graham Pocic (Lemont, Ill.) was very good, but he didn’t test. Donald Mathis (Detroit, Crockett) was solid again as was Chuck Porcelli (Montini Catholic, Mich.), but we give the nod to big Neil Deiters (York Community, Illinois). The mammoth tackle prospect quietly dominated the competition all day. He showed great feet for his size and a nice little mean streak.
On the Cusp: Graham Pocic, Chuck Porcelli, Donald Mathis, Justin Pagan (Chicago (Ill.) St. Patrick), John Kaminski (Joliet, Ill.), Brent Kryder (Linden, Mich.).
Defensive Lineman - Ricky Sprat - Southeastern, Mich. - 2008
Garret Goebel - Montini Cath., Ill. - 2008
Garrett Goebel had a great day and he looked like the top defensive tackle that we were expecting. Goebel could have came there acting like he didn’t need to do anything because of all his offers, but everytime you turned around there was Goebel taking another rep during the one-on-ones. Goebel even took a playful ribbing from his new found friends with each rep you would hear the chant “Lets Go, five-star”. On a normal day Goebel runs away with the defensive line MVP award, but not with the emergence of Ricky Sprat (Detroit (Mich.) Southeastern). Sprat is entering his second year of football, but you talk about a ton of upside. Sprat’s sport used to be boxing and he did float like a butterfly and sting like a bee on Saturday. Sprat has outstanding feet and he uses his hands as well as anyone I have seen this year. At a chiseled, 6-2, 237-pounds, Sprat could be a force off the edge for someone. The best part about Sprat is the fact that he carries a 2.9 GPA as well. We also have to mention Stavon Owens of Highland Park, Mich., a muscle-bound 5-9, 204-pounds, Owens played defensive tackle and end and couldn’t be blocked. He then decided to move to offense and he dominated there as well. Owens definitely livened up the crowd.
On the Cusp: Michael Letton (Bishop McNamara, Ill.), Stavon Owens (Highland Park, Mich.) and Dave Mashal (St. Charles (Ill.) East).
Linebacker - Jayme Comer - Brownsburg, Ind. - 2008
Comer tested very well, but he earned this honor based on his performance in drills and the one-on-ones. He followed that up with a solid showing in the seven-on-seven competition. Comer recently picked up his first offer, but don’t be surprised to see that number swell dramatically. Luke Kelly (Cincinnati (Ohio) Turpin) gave new meaning to the term non-stop motor. Kelly was all over the place. Nick Heuser (Louisville (Ky.) St. Xavier) also turned in a solid showing.
On the Cusp: Luke Kelly, Dex Jones (Montini Catholic, Ill.), Gordon Kickels (Lemont, Ill.) and Nick Heuser.
Defensive Back - Robert Steeples -DeSmet, Mo. - 2008
Steeples was in the top five in just about every testing category and he was as close to a shutdown corner as we saw in Chicago. It didn’t matter who stepped up against him Steeples would lock them down. Jonathan Dandridge (Highland Park, Mich.) also had a strong showing and was right there with Steeples as the top two DB’s at the combine. Jeremiah Maglero came clear from Hot Springs, Ark., he struggled early but came alive during the seven-on-seven. Austen Davis may have been the top safety at the combine.
On the Cusp: Jonathan Dandridge, Jeremiah Maglero, Richie Shumacher and Austen Davis (Normal Community, Ill.).