Would like McIntosh, from what I have been seeing, ND fans don't believe they have a shot after kicking his brother off of the team and their staff are going hard after others. Miami also seems to be chasing hard after higher ranked guys like Noah Cain, etc.
This kid is a player but I'd still take Howell over him. Better passer? Both have the touch to make all of the throws necessary but Howell definitely has much more zip on his passes, he displays that huge gunslinger arm. Not to mention his ability to elude the rush and still make a big play. Howell is a clone of Mayfield and Darnold, who both will be first round QBs. Better runner? Neither will blow you away with their straight line speed, but once again, Howell's elusiveness is what sets him apart in my eyes. Would be 1A and 1B, any advantage either one has over the other isn't that much of a difference.
Thanks for the correction, wish I could edit to change it. He also just accepted an invite to play in the Under Armour All-American Game. Kid has been blowing up.
Yup, his dad was also the one who encouraged him to make the change from WR to defensive back.
If you look at his film, he definitely looks 6'2 and has gotten up to 180-185 pounds so far over the off-season. Has been putting in the work in the weight room, as well as working with a private corner coach to continue to work on his craft. Has good bloodlines as well with his dad being a former all pro linebacker for the Steelers.
He favors Pitt right now, but offers from Penn State and Ohio State would change that instantly, as he wants to play on the big stage in college. Both schools have been in contact with him since his breakout performance at the Ohio Under Armour Camp.
Now that I've had the chance to watch film and catch up on where we stand with recruits in the 2019 class, wanted to post my first 2019 mock class. This mock class will have recruits that we are in a great position to land right now, as well as some who are my personal wants.
QB - Sam Howell
RB - Noah Cain, Sampson James
WR - David Bell, Trey Knox, Milton Wright, Jameson Williams
TE - Erick All
OL - Doug Nester, Darnell Wright, Zeke Correll, Devontae Dobbs, Ryan Jacoby
DE - Zach Harrison, Noah Potter, Brandon Smith
DT - Jowon Briggs
LB - Shane Lee, Cade Stover, Kalen Deloach
CB - Sheridan Jones, Julian Barnett, Joey Porter Jr.
S - Daxton Hill, Ronnie Hickman
Not sure where things currently stand with Howell right now, but he's my favorite QB in this class by far and the best in my opinion. No idea how that kid isn't a five star.
Whoever we land at QB will absolutely love this group of WRs, long frames with good speed for their height. All are listed at 6'2 and above.
I believe Erick All will be a camp offer, this is a down year for TEs and the staff just landed the best TE in the 2018 class, so TE isn't really a huge need this class.
It would be great to land Brandon Smith to go along with Zach Harrison and from what I've read, his recruitment is shaping up to be a Penn State/Ohio State battle as well.
I'm not sold on Briggs as a prospect, good talent but at his size he doesn't impress me the way Landers did on film. I believe he will be a plan B in what looks to be a down year at DT and the staff missing on higher targets. Plus after the 2018 DT haul, it really isn't a position of need this class.
Kalen Deloach may be an unfamiliar name to some, but he's very high on Ohio State right now and his brother is on the Ohio State track team. Visited recently and wants to get back soon.
Barnett is one of the best corners in the country and currently committed to Michigan State, but them losing their defensive coordinator to Florida State has opened the doors for other schools, mainly Ohio State. He's teammates with Dobbs and they both visited Ohio State recently. Joey Porter Jr. is one of my biggest wants in this class, very long corner with natural skills after only one year at Corner. His WR skills and the way he plays the ball in the air makes me think of Lattimore and he very well could end up as a first round corner like Lattimore, if he reaches his potential.
More on his performance at the camp.
Wexford (Pa.) North Allegheny 2018 cornerback Joey Porter Jr. transitioned to cornerback during the fall. At this event it looked like he’s been playing the position his entire life. The 6-foot-1, 165-pound Porter used to fancy himself as a receiver, but with his extremely long frame and fluid movements makes him a natural in the secondary. Porter was a blanket in 1-on-1s, showing good technique, change of direction quickness and was comfortable in both press and off coverage. Porter didn’t give up much on this day and showed why Pittsburgh and West Virginia are contacting him daily. Porter said offers from Ohio State and Penn State would be game-changers.
Another intriguing defensive back prospect is Joey Porter Jr., now rated as the #1 player in Pennsylvania after a great performance this past weekend at the Under Armour Ohio camp.
The other major mover from the weekend was Wexford (Pa.) North Allgheny cornerback Joey Porter Jr. who earned a fourth star and sits just outside the Top247 at No. 260 nationally. Porter is up to 6-foot-2, 185-pounds and during the fall began a transition to cornerback that he is now invested in working with a private coach on the craft. He has the instincts, short-area quickness and frame coveted in the secondary. As we continue to learn more about Porter's speed he could continue to rise as well. Porter is now the No. 1 ranked recruit in the state of Pennsylvania.
He wants an Ohio State offer and the staff has been in contact.
Would be an amazing haul at Safety, I just wouldn't bet against him potentially moving down to the walkout LB spot if he adds more pounds without losing any athleticism. Would be the same height and weight as Baker.
Faatui Tuitele posted on twitter that he will take unofficial visits this spring to Ohio State, Alabama and LSU.
Will use this thread to post updates from the Best of the Midwest combine as well.
Sampson Jones, the 8th best RB in the 2019 class out of Indiana, is visiting Indiana on Friday and Purdue on Saturday. Also high on Ohio State, Notre Dame and Michigan. Will take official visits in the Spring and decide before the season.
Kevin Wilson is also at the combine with his family.
Correll was one of two to leave camp with an invite to the Under Armour All-American game and was listed as a top 5 player on the offensive side of the ball. Ohio State is recruiting him as a Center.
Cincinnati (Ohio) Anderson four-star offensive lineman Zeke Correll was one of two to leave the facility with an invite to the Under Armour All-American Game. He was the most athletic player in the building at his position moving at a different speed during drills. The 6-foot-4, 285-pound Correll used his quickness, good feet and strength to hold defensive linemen at bay during 1-on-1s.
Jaheim Thomas was a top five performer on defense.
Cincinnati (Ohio) Princeton 2020 outside linebacker Jaheim Thomas was active in coverage, extremely long and he can change direction. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Thomas is raw but had the look of a future blue-chipper.
Michael Drennen II got honorable recognition for his play and received an invite to the Under Armour Future 50 camp.
Dublin (Ohio) Coffman 2020 athlete Michael Drennen II got the Under Armour Future 50 invite who caught everything in owning all linebackers that tried to challenge him. Short stuff, deep stuff, Drennen had as many receptions as any prospect competing. 247Sports ranks him as the No. 1 recruit in the Buckeye State in the sophomore class.