This morning, the annual Midwest Elite Big Man Camp took place at the Total Sports Complex in Wixom, MI. Over 200 competitors from seven states (and Canada) were among the participants. Players in the 2014, 2015 and 2017 classes competed and after four hours of drills and one-on-ones, a handful of players stood out among the rest.
Ripped up shirt and all, 2014 DT Logan Dziak was a top performer in Wixom.
Connor Hayes, OL (2014; Traverse City, MI): Hayes was dominant the entire day, and even after tiring down near the end of the one-on-one drills, was still throwing smaller, quicker ends around the field. He displayed solid lateral movement and has a great first punch to drive back defenders. Hayes is a legitimate BCS prospect who has seen interest from Michigan and Michigan State and already holds offers from Indiana, Syracuse and Duke among others.
Malik King, OL (2014; Muskegon, MI): King was the closest to matching Hayes and was regarded by a couple of coaches as the top lineman in attendance. King is a strong kid who seemed to do as well against the smaller, quicker ends as he did against the bulkier, bigger tackle types. Malik has yet to see his first offer, but is seeing interest from a lot of MAC schools and will get some solid BCS looks in the near future. He's heard from Michigan, Oregon and Iowa among others.
Logan Dziak, DT (2014; Buckeye Valley, OH): Dziak was a bowling ball all day, using strength to consistently overpower his opponents. He was the best of a solid group of Ohio prospects who made the trip and showed that he's a legitimate Midwest prospect in the middle. At this point, he holds no offers, but has seen a high amount of interest from Duke and Yale along with MAC schools. He's seen plenty of looks from the Wolverines and visited unofficially this season.
Brian Sanders, DE (2014; Detroit, MI): Sanders represented Cass Tech in a good way today, outpacing most of the competition with a good ability to push and pull defenders to work his way around them. One of many Technicians who are getting Division 1 looks, Sanders is still waiting for his first offer but has seen Michigan, Michigan State and Indiana showing interest among many others.
Nick Padla, OL (2014; Berrien Springs, MI) Padla had one of the best frames of any player at the camp. Once he fills out, he could be an excellent prospect. Colleges have noticed this as well and Michigan State is chief among them; he visited twice unofficially this season. Michigan and Cincinnati are among other schools who have shown some interest.
Nathaniel Brisson-Fast, DE (2014; Ferndale, MI): Brisson-Fast is aptly named. He was almost unstoppable around the edges all day and excelled in the final group. Even more impressive: this is Nathaniel's first year playing football. Central Michigan is chief among the schools who have been giving him looks and he's also seen legitimate interest from Michigan State early.
Other juniors who stood out: OL Joe Lowery (Tallmadge, OH), DE Al Sandoval (Birmingham, MI), DE Nicholas Matiere-Bey (Flint, MI), DE Zachary Evans (Kenowa Hills, MI), Christopher Okoye (Detroit, MI)
Sophomore stand-outs: A trio of offensive linemen stood out among the solid group of 2015 prospects in attendance today. Lapeer East (MI) OL Anthony Herbert, East Kentwood (MI) OL John Keenoy and Brownsburg (IN) OL Evan Mallory showed more than flashes of Division 1 potential and all are players Michigan has inquired on and are interested in.