Recently. I made the 45 minute trip to the D1 Sports Training Center just north of the 23/270 exchange. The place was hopin, as usual, with athletes, both boy and girls of all ages.
Talking with my good friend Charles Gresham is in itself worth the trip, but he had work to do training high school athletes, both young men and women. Of course, my work was watching football players work to get better. I will say I was impressed with a female athlete was training for softball.
A lot of footwork today. Also athletes worked on improving their burst and quickness. The strength training was on another day. The one thing with Coach Gresham is that he takes his work very seriously. The athletes see this and do the same.
The older I get – the more I see with college level athletes, the more training that an athlete can get as a high school student, the better their chances of getting bigger/stronger/faster sooner. With this, the sooner to catch a college coaches attention. Not always, but the edge is there.
Many high school football coaches want their football players training under the football coaches’ direction. They want them training with the team for team unity. The coaches themselves want to improve their relationships with their players. I get that and believe in that. The team concept is huge. But the extra training sure helps in an athlete’s physical development.
The nice thing with Coach Gresham is that he trains athletes for the sport in which they participate. Swimmers get strength training that improves their swimming skills. With baseball and softball the same applies. Football has more numbers, but other sports are represented and athletes get that specific training.
Good to see Rodas Johnson working out. He did is own workout, but the training staff worked some with him. Rodas was not always a McCallister guy. Thought that needed to work harder and play harder. Thought that he needed to play every down. I believe that he got caught up in the “recruiting noise.” Rodas has “bought in,”and earned a scholarship to Wisconsin. They told him that he was starting out on the D-Line. As you can guess, I see him growing into another big, strong, powerful O-Line guy. Wisconsin develops O-Linemen for sure!
Rickey Hyatt Jr has been coming into his own for a while. He had a really good junior year at Westerville Central. Getting stronger and faster and bigger now. Good speed now, but will be even faster. Competes hard and I really like his toughness and his effort. He wants to be a running back on the next level. For me, he could be one of the top free safeties in the Ohio Class of 2020. Tough, fast, and has excellent closing speed. Not a natural RB, but he will try that first. An MSR top DB in Class of 2020.
Myles Williamson continues to get better and better at the corner position. He also plays for Westerville Central. Plays receiver as well. Really like him at corner. Needs to continue to get bigger/stronger/faster. Really like his play in man coverage. Also tough on run support. Myles plays with a little bit of a “chip on his shoulder,” but his attitude keeps getting and better. His brother plays at Ohio State. Height hurts somewhat, but he makes up for that with his competitiveness.
Ty Hamilton has grown to 6’4-250 in a short time. In fact, he needs to grow into his body. Like his athleticism and agility, but he needs get stronger and stronger. Played DE for Pickerington Central last fall. Quick off the ball. Good initial quickness. Uses his hands to gain separation. Played some TE, as well last fall. When I talked with him, he had just received an offer from Michigan. Ty will one of the top MSR D-Linemen in the 2020 Class. He may have to move inside, if he outgrows defensive end.
Rodas is already heading to Wisconsin this summer. Rickey, Myles, and Ty have offers. Really good to see them working overtime to get better. Hope that they all play a sport in the spring. For now, getting some extra work and training under Charles Gresham is work. Work, but good hard work.