Saturday night, I missed seeing Mansfield Senior DB Aveon Grose play junior varsity basketball, but I did get to spend some time chatting with him before the varsity game. Enjoyed joking with him.
More importantly, I have watched him on the football field. Saw him his freshman year as a starting defensive back for Mansfield. Last fall, I saw him play in two games. The last one being in the OHSAA State Football Championship game in Canton. Although Mansfield lost by a touchdown, they played hard.
Aveon is a tough DB, either at safety or corner. Always around the football. Anticipates well. He adjusts his body to the ball. Competes hard. Really tough on run support. Excellent tackler. Needs to improve his overall speed. Needs to improve his hips, so that he can be a better corner. I like him at any of the three DB positions. He brings toughness and effort.
His older brother Angelo has been a good teacher for him. Angelo committed to Michigan State. He is just a little bit shorter than Aveon, but he is a tough competitor. Much like Aveon, Angelo made plays on either side of the ball. Aveon also was able to watch Jornell Manns play at both corner and wide receiver.
I mentioned Jornell, because I talked with him at the basketball game, as well. Sad news for me, After his second knee surgery in a year, Jornell has decided to stop playing football at Minnesota. Sad for me, because he has always been a favorite of mine, of course, still is.
Mansfield Senior loses a lot of good seniors this year. I asked Aveon about that and how tough that it will be to keep up the winning attitude. As long as the younger guys work hard, he believes that they will be fine.
Looking forward to watching Aveon roam the secondary next fall for the Tygers. As he continues to get bigger/stronger/faster, he will be one of MSR’s top DB’s in the Class of 2022.