GenNexXt Michigan 5-Star Combine Recap

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June 1, 2017

 

When you’re going back over the past 3 decades and mentioning some of the top College football programs in the country, the University of Michigan stands out as one of the premier programs. When your mentioning any of the top programs one thing they all have in common is around that very state is competitive football on the youth level.  That very same competitive play breeds some of the top talent you see that goes on to star at some of the elite College programs around the country. Which brings GenNexXt to Detroit to highlight the state of Michigan’s top youth football prospects from the age 8 years old to the age 14. After witnessing some of the talent at this Michigan 5-star youth combine it’s safe to say Jim Harbaugh is going to have one of the top programs in the country just picking up instate talent alone. Here’s a recap of the top performers from Michigan 5-Star combine.  

 

Top Performers

 Name: Bryce Underwood

Position: QB/Athlete

Team: Motor City Wolverines

Skinny:

 Before coming to Michigan, I myself had a short list of kids I was looking forward to seeing perform in person and Bryce Underwood was one of those kids. Only 9 years old Bryce has the size of an 11-year old and the skill set to match it. When it comes to passing throwing the ball Bryce showed some touch on his passes when it came to throwing the corner route that alone is impressive for a kid his age. One thing that will help Bryce develop down the line is his versatility, Bryce lined up at Defensive-back, Receiver and never limited himself to one position he put in work showing his love for playing the game isn’t defined by one position.

 

 

Name: Alex Graham

Position: Athlete

Team: West Seven Rams

Skinny:

 A pleasant surprise at the event was the appearance of the speedster Alex Graham thee fastest 10-year old in the state of Michigan if that doesn’t raise an eyebrow, did I mention he is a dynamic playmaker for the UYFL National Champion West Seven Rams. As expected Graham turned in the fastest 40-yard dash of the younger kids turning in a blazing 5.4. When you’re speaking of speed it’s either football speed or track speed, in the case of Alex Graham he has them both which he showed off in the 1 on 1 session. Smooth & fluid in his back-pedal Graham showed some pretty impressive coverage skills as well as the ability recognize routes and break on the ball. Not to be forgotten was Graham separating from defenders with ease as he made cuts in his slants & square in routes. Still a couple more years till this kid is talking about High School but he certainly a young prospect to keep an eye on.

 

 

Name: David Calmese

Position: WR

Team: Motor City Wolverines

Skinny:

MVP honors in the younger kids session went to David Calmese. Call this kid the chef how he cooked up defensive backs in the 1 on 1 sessions, at such a young age I never really seen a kid take advantage of other kids at such a young age. He made one of the day's best plays on a post corner route when he broke down and lost the Db with his move and showed an ability to set up his route and separate from a defender in tight coverage. He isn't the most explosive wideout, but he moves smoothly and catches most balls thrown his way. Calmese has a ton of potential and one kid that is going to be a heck of route runner the more reps and practice he gets at the receiver position.

 

 

Name: Edward Burney Jr.

Position: Athlete

Team: Redford Catholic Lancers

Skinny:

The slightly undersized Burney makes up for it with physicality. Inexperience played a part in Burney getting caught out of position at times, but he recovers pretty well when those instances strike. He made a number of plays over the top on Saturday and was able to bat away a few balls that looked to be thrown out of his reach. I’d have to say Burney transitions well out of his backpedal. This confident young guy took on all challengers on his way to earning MVP honors.

 

Name: Kamron Gouch

Position: Athlete

Team: Motor City Wolverines

Skinny:

Kamron Gouch has nice height and reliable hands. What sets him apart, though, is his ability to get off the line of scrimmage in a hurry. He made defensive backs pay for playing press coverage on Saturday and also made a couple of nice catches. There's plenty to like about Gouch, who probably plays just about every skill position on the field and scored from them all his name carries weight in Detroit.

 

 

Name: Damon Payne Jr.

Position: OL/DL

Team: Detroit Spartans

Class: 2021

Skinny:

Watching this highly regarded 8th grader in action it’s easy to see why he already has 4 division-1 scholarship offers. Payne is a great athlete with tremendous feet. He really does well to get his feet under him and use his lower body strength to drive defenders. Has the perfect frame for an offensive tackle and will only add more weight making him even more powerful at the point of attack. I love what I have seen from Payne from a technique standpoint. Has a natural kick slide in pass coverage and has the arm length to disable pass rushers. The scariest thing about Payne is he is easily a 5-star recruit on the defensive line that’s just how freakishly athletic he is. Whatever position Payne settles in you can bet the house he will be an impact player he is just that good. 

 

 

Name: Malachi Bolden

Position: DL

Team: Clinton Township Cowboys

Class: 2021

Skinny:

Malachi Bolden is a quick athlete for his position and runs very well. He has explosion in his first step. Bolden is a one-gap penetrator that plays with good pad level. He’s very quick off the ball and has some violence in his hands when he uses them properly. With Bolden still having room to get bigger, he dominates and uses his size well at the point of attack because he is so quick off the ball. This also helps him take on one man when facing double teams and makes it hard for teams to get a push on him. Bolden had an epic battle with Damon Payne in three 1 on 1’s that Bolden won at least one for sure,  I’d have to say both these young prospects will see much more of each other on that field and a top the recruiting rankings.

 

 

Name: Christian Rapley

Position: WR

Team: West Seven Rams

Class: 2022

Skinny:

You have those prospects that look very good on film , then you have that same prospect that is even better than any film can show and that’s Christian Rapley. Size is one of the reasons why Rapley is the number 1# receiver in the class of 2022 standing 6’1” already and he is only 13 years old with a lot more growing to do, but let’s not kid ourselves this kid is oozing with so much talent. Rapley shows very good hands and is capable of making spectacular catches. He adjusts well to poorly thrown balls. Flashes the ability to be dynamic route runner because of the way he can explode when he cuts. He can get to full speed in a hurry and is great at gaining separation. He’s a consistently great player after the catch. Can make people miss in the open field. It’s rare if he does not break or avoid the first tackle. Rapley can line up all over the field and is also a threat on jet sweeps as well as a return man. If you know like I know you’re looking at a 40 plus offer kid before it’s said and done Rapley is that good.

 

 

Name: Myles Rowser

Position: Athlete

Team: West Seven Rams

Class: 2022

Skinny:

All I know is that Myles Rowser has a lot of dog in him as a football player. This kid can ball against anyone at any size. It’s not just that he is a great athlete that played against older kids but he was among the best at the age group in the state & nationals. When it came down to the 1 on 1 sessions the oh so smooth & calm Myles made plays at DB & WR. Myles has elite athletic traits. He has top end speed and his short area quickness is outstanding. He is extremely fluid and has great feet. There aren’t many who can hang with him athletically in his age group. Myles plays running back on offense and is highly productive there. It’s easy to rank him as an athlete. His ability to jump cut and explode is phenomenal. He does a great job with his feet and can burst through tiny holes. If he gets a seam he has the speed to take it the distance as well. I have this kid on my radar it’s going to be interesting to see where this kid plays on the next level he has the skill to be successful at least two positions.

 

Name: Tay-Shaun Massey-Johnson

Position: Athlete

Team: Detroit Spartans

Class: 2022 

Skinny:

This Uyfl 12u National Champion plays multiply positions with Quarterback being his favorite. Johnson has that speed that blows the top off the defense which he showed off in several 1 0n 1 battles by simply outrunning the defensive-back. Johnson may love the QB position but it’s hard to neglect the fact he is among the most talented athletes in the Class of 2022. When you can score over 30 touchdowns in different phases of the game it’s going to be hard to ignore not placing this kid where he is needed most which is what helped the Detroit Spartans win a National Championship.

 

 

Name: Charles Daniels IV

Position: RB/LB

Team: Detroit Dolphins

Class: 2021

Skinny:

One thing you should never do is count someone out before seeing what they have to offer. Charles Daniels IV looks like a bruising RB but to my surprise this kid showed he is an every down back that you could spread out wide. Daniels was Mr. Consistency dominating 80% of his 1 on 1 match ups catching everything thrown his way while showing off his route running skills. Daniels was awarded MVP honors for his knack for making the plays in the passing game no matter who you put in front of him this kid came up big no matter the circumstances.

 

 

Name: Demauri Dorsey

Position: Athlete

Team: Detroit Spartan

Class: 2022

Skinny:

Demauri Dorsey was a prospect I was itching to see in person. I came in Detroit looking to scout a running-back, but Dorsey had other plans to show me he is much more than just a RB. Dorsey outworked everyone at the event if you lined up out there he wanted a piece of you, this kid has that junk yard dawg mentality. Rep after rep Dorsey stock continued to skyrocket, he is no doubt one of the premier cover corners in his class he showed that he is a special player and I do not use that word very often. He was picking passes off, beating defenders deep, and showcasing his speed, hands, and athleticism all day. You’re looking at the overall MVP for the Michigan 5-star Combine you can count on seeing this kid in our National rankings with the show he put on. 

 

 

Name: Jeffrey Bowens

Position: WR

Team: Motor City Wolverines

Class: 2021

Skinny:

Jeff Bowens would not really look the part if he stood next to some of the other monster receivers that he would be compared to. But there is no denying how athletically gifted he is when watching him you realize this kid puts time in mastering route running. On several occasions Bowens toyed with defenders at the line of scrimmage before faking them out running wide open across the field. My hopes is this kid gets a growth spurt and add some weight and he would be a nightmare in the slot and on special teams. One thing for certain the way this kids sets up his route you know he has the work ethic to cash in on all his potential he displayed at the combine.

 

 

Name: Chris Stokes

Position: DB

Team: Detroit Dolphins

Class: 2022

Skinny:

One thing you can’t coach or give is heart & the never quit mentality. I say that to say this Chis Stokes was a kid he came in to get reps at bettering himself as a defensive back. After the combine I’d say that kid no doubt got better as a DB. Chris got better on every rep and more comfortable challenging anybody and that resulted in him gambling making plays on the ball. With this combine under his belt I will be looking forward to seeing Stokes growth at the DB position, he certainly gave us all something to look forward to in him with the way he competed.

 

 

Name: Quentin Upshaw

Position: DB

Team: Ravenna Ravens

Class: 2022

Skinny:

Quentin Upshaw traveled from Ohio to compete and show off his skills. The thing that I will say that truly stood out about Upshaw was his instincts, Upshaw isn’t the fastest guy or even have the quickest feet. But Upshaw does have a good football IQ and he is a thinker as well as a physical safety who will challenge & work you on every rep and isn’t afraid to jump a couple routes which he in fact did. Upshaw had a solid showing proving he didn’t travel from Ohio to play but to handle business.

 

 

Name: Kyshaun Winfield-Jackson

Position: QB

Team: Inkster Bengals

Class: 2021

Skinny:

Kyshaun Winfield-Jackson doesn’t have the pro-typical Quarterback size yet, but one thing for sure this kid can spin that ball and can take some off with a soft touch. Jackson release is compact and he throws a very catchable football. Spins it well and he helped the receivers in the 1 on 1 sessions look really good making it look easy with the flick of the wrist. Jackson really sees the field well and he was very accurate on Saturday. He throws with good anticipation and he was the top passer in Michigan at this event.

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