As I was evaluating college football prospects at the recent Cleveland Browns Showcase, I visited with one on my long time coaching friends, Dave McFarland. We go back to his Elyria Catholic coaching days. Now he is the head football coach at Lorain High School.
Two of my favorite players for Lorain were working out at the Showcase. Both sophomores in the Class of 2020. Both very good D1 prospects. Daylin Dower and Savon Chavis – I like a lot.
Actually, first saw Daylin playing junior varsity basketball his freshman year. He worked hard and played hard. Liked his competitiveness. Daylin did not play this year, but plans to be back next year. I really liked his “swagger.”
Last fall, I watched him scrimmage against Cleveland Glenville. He lined up tailback and ran the ball. The very first time that he ever carried the football was against Glenville. Needed to work on his RB skills, obviously. But what I liked was that he had the “no quit” attitude. He bounced off tackles and always went for the extra yard.
Like his sophomore HUDL hi-lites video. Runs north/south between the tackles. Good initial quickness. Good vision. Good balance. As in the scrimmage, shows extra effort with the ball. Possible problem. Listed at 5’11-180. Needs to add weight/get stronger/ get faster.
For me, he is an ideal defensive back. Should work at corner first. Solid hips, but needs to improve at opening his hips. Good recovery speed. Really athletic. Verticaled 35’8 off a pad. Will have to get bigger/stronger/faster, but can do that. Most of all, I like his cornerback “swagger.” Saw it as a freshman in hoops and I continue to see it. At worse, he can always move inside.
Daylin has to realize just how good he can be. I see it and I hear it, when I talk with him. Has the toughness and confidence. Now he needs to really focus on being the best. All of the tools and mental toughness are there.
Another sophomore Savon Chavis, battled some medical problems last fall, but played as an OLB and DB.Never really had a chance to just “settle in” and focus on football. A little inconsistent, but played well at times.
Measured 5’11-205 at the Browns Showcase. Ran 4.65 electronic. But verticaled 34″ and broad jumped 9’0. All three measures were good.
On his HUDL Hi-lites, Savon showed some burst. Really good initial quickness. Closed well on the ball. Needs to improve his flexibility. Needs to get better at changing directions. Attitude is excellent. Toughness is excellent.
For me, Savon needs to grow into an outside linebacker. Could also play a strong safety type position. As he freshman, he played the cover corner on varsity. Like Daylin, he has to realize just how good he can be.
Really like the potential of both Daylin and Savon. Both have athleticism, football skills, and that all important – toughness. Lorain football may have a junior with lots of potential, but will get back to you on that.