June 14, 2009
Sleepers emerge at Spartan camp
One of the most important aspects of summer camp season is the chance for players that have been flying under the radar of coaching staff and recruiting analysts the opportunity to show what they have got. On Friday dozens of prospect were in East Lansing hoping to show people they are Division 1 prospects, and a few did just that.
DE Taylor Calero of Southfield Christian High School, Michigan
Michigan State fans are aware of Calero due to several updates on him from Spartanmag.com. Calero showed up to Michigan State a little banged up. He has a stress fracture in his pelvis bone and that has not only prevented him from working out as hard as he would line, but it also makes doing drills somewhat painful. Despite that, Calero not only participated in the Spartan camp, but excelled. His performance was an impressive one and the fact the he was willing to participate despite being in pain and not 100% shows the type of character he has.
WR Greg Hayes of Saginaw High School, Michigan
A few weeks ago Spartanmag.com was tipped off that Greg Hayes of Saginaw could be the biggest sleeper in the state at the wide receiver spot. A Saginaw Hayes plays wing back/running back and even some quarterback. What Hayes has is high-level speed. He has been clocked as fast as 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash. On Friday Hayes showed off his all-around athletic ability and was one of the most difficult wide receivers to check. As Hayes gets more reps at the wide receiver spot his stock will certainly rise.
OL Kent King of Gladstone High School, Michigan
SpartanMag.com speculated that there would be a John Deyo or Joel Foreman in this class and earlier last week we mention Connor Kruse of Lowell as a player that could fit that mold. You can add King to that list as the offensive line prospect showed that he is a player to keep an eye on as things progress. Gladstone High School is located in the UP just north of Escanaba. This spring King set the UP record in the shot, by throwing it 52-feet.
WR Kavonte Martin-Manley of Brother Rice High School, Michigan
A few years ago Martin-Manley was viewed as a more of a basketball prospect than a football one. The past few years that has changed and on Friday Manley showed he has the skills to be a division 1 player. Manly has excellent size at 6-foot-0, 190-pounds. Manley showed great ability to get off the line when pressed and his top in speed was better than what SpartanMag.com, expected. Manly routinely got open and when the ball came his way he had no problem securing the catch. Manly may not blow-up the way Bennie Fowler did in 2010, but his stock should be on the rise.
LB Nores Fradi of Dearborn High School, Michigan
Fradi is a prospect that the MAC school are in love with, as evidence by his offers from Akron, Ohio University and Central Michigan. What has kept his tock slightly down from a BCS perspective is that he is not the biggest kid in the world at 5-foot-11, 200-pounds. With that said, he was right up there with Max Bullough when it came to the drills. The angle she took on players, his ability to pursue and breakdown on players was impressive. If he doesn't end up at a MCS school, he is an All-MAC linebacker waiting to happen.
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