Adidas Invitational notebook
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The loudest roars at the Adidas Invitational Best of the Midwest Football Showcase came during the line competitions, particularly when two ESPNU Watch List prospects went at it.. There seemed to be more one-on-one's between 2013 defensive end Joe Mathis (Upland, Calif./Upland) and 2013 offensive guard David Dawson (Detroit/Cass Tech) than any other two players at the event.
"[It was] respect meets respect, we just got it on out there," Mathis said."We know we're the best. I'm trying to show everyone I'm up there. ... That dude was better than I thought. I thought he was going to be OK. He had quick feet and was strong."
Mathis said the competition was different from California because in Ann Arbor, after each rotation, despite what had happened during the drill, the players would high five. But in California, Mathis said, the players talk too much smack during the drills and then won't even look at each other afterward.
It was almost like a second visit to Michigan's campus for Mathis, who took an unofficial with the Wolverines on Friday. During each line drill, Michigan commits seemed to find their way into the viewing circle and would talk a bit to Mathis when he wasn't competing.
But the best bet for Michigan is that Dawson, a Michigan commit, gave Mathis the best competition he has seen so far in his camps.
"This is the best competition so far," Mathis said."I'm about to go to all the camps out here.
Could TE/DE Edwards follow Brown's script?Columbus (Ohio) Eastmoor Academy's Devon Edwards has a scholarship offer from West Virginia to play defensive end, but Boston College, Oregon and South Florida are all in contact with him about joining their respective program as a tight end.
USF is looking at Edwards to come in as a tight end, and if that does not pan out the Bulls can try him on the defensive line.
"They said I can make an impact at tight end as well as D-end," Edwards said. "They like my versatility."
Does Edwards have a preference to which position he plays?
"No sir, whatever fits the coaches at where I'm going," he said.
At 6-foot-6 and 230 pounds, Edwards is similar to another Ohio TE/DE prospect who committed to Oregon in the 2012 class. Four-star Pharaoh Brown (6-foot-7, 230 pounds) was committed to Michigan as a defensive end but realized his passion was at tight end and committed to the Ducks.
Oregon could have a tough sell on getting Edwards to join Brown, though. Distance could play a part in his decision along with one other big factor.
"Of course my mom. And not necessarily how far it is from home but my liking of the school and academics," said Edwards, who plans to major in business management.
Wangler could have tough decision on horizonJack Wangler (Warren, Mich./De La Salle) does not have an offer yet, but it looks as if some should come soon. At that point, it is likely he will have to make a decision between top-level football and top-level academics.
Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Miami (Ohio) are all showing the 6-2, 195-pound receiver, as are Ivy League programs Harvard and Princeton. Wangler has talked with Harvard the most, speaking with the coaches there since January while those three MAC programs just came in at the beginning of March.
Wangler still does not know if he would choose an Ivy League program over the MAC.
"I have no clue," said Wangler, who plans to study either business, engineering or psychology. "I want to visit Harvard and Princeton. Anywhere with good academics and football would be good for me."
Central Michigan is showing the most interest in Wangler among FBS schools. Offensive coordinator Mike Cummings and Wangler spoke as recently as this past Thursday.
"He seems the most excited," Wangler said. "He wants me to come there for their spring game on Saturday. He seems the most enthused right now.
"They like how I play but the question is my speed, because it's hard to tell on the game tape. But I've been practicing my speed training the last eight to 10 weeks."
Wangler should help ease concerns about his speed as he ran a 4.57 in the 40-yard dash on less than ideal grass conditions.
Under-the-radar junior RB Redding stones Watch List 'backerComing from a struggling Mineral Ridge program after leaving Austintown-Fitch this past season, 2014 running back Devine Redding is not a name well known to most. He changed that on Saturday with his all-around performance, most notably his one-on-one pass protection drill against ESPNU Watch List linebacker Jaylon Smith.
The 5-10, 190-pound running back kept Smith at bay as Smith charged at the quarterback, drawing a smile and a high five from the linebacker with offers from the country's elite programs.
Redding tested with a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash and a 9-foot-8 broad jump, one of the highest at any position. He consistently beat defenders around the edge in running back drills and showed speed coming out of the backfield in passing routes.
Indiana is already on Redding, who rushed for roughly 1,400 yards in only eight games as a sophomore.
Cass Tech prospects impressive at combineThe Adidas Invitational had a ton of top prospects on hand from the 2013 class and per usual, in any local camp, the Cass Tech high school contingency outperformed the competition. Year in and year out, the Technicians from Detroit pump out top talent, and most of this batch were on hand for the event.
Coming off of a state championship win it's hard to imagine that they would just be reloading, but they are. The prospects from the 2013 class, offensive linemen David Dawson and Dennis Finley, defensive lineman Kenton Gibbs and defensive backs Delano Hill and Jourdan Lewis were all named top performers for the entire camp.
They even had a few 2014 prospects on hand that were recognized for their showing as linebackers Deon Drake and William White excelled, and wide receiver Damon Webb was named a standout at receiver. If that wasn't enough, Cass Tech also had one of the better quarterbacks at the Adidas Invitational in Jay'ru Campbell and he's only a freshman. The 6-3, 175-pound signal caller has been improving what seems to be every week, and he was just another top prospect from the Detroit high school.
WolverineNation.com's Tom VanHaaren and Chantel Jennings contributed to this story.
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