Head football coach Nate Moore and the Massillon assistant coaches held Massillon’s own version of “Pro Day” last Thursday evening at the Paul L. David Athletic Training Center.
College coaches from D1, D2, and D3 schools were present. Did not have time to take names and schools, but I did say hi to coaches from Ohio State, Maryland, Kent State, Akron, and Northwestern. High school transcripts were available to all college coaches.
The event was well organized and directed. Massillon coaches did their part, but more importantly, I was impressed with the “no-nonsense” and disciplined approach that the players took for the chance to showcase their talents.
Let’s cut to the chase and talk players.
Tre’ Morgan – WR – 2019. Guessin 6’4-205. Liked him last fall as a red-zone type receiver, but more than that now. Really improved his overall strength. Ran in the 4.6’s both times. Impressed with his 4.35/shuttle time. Strong hands. Tre’ needs to work on his initial quickness. Like his focus when competing. Believe he will improve speed. His competitive toughness and size are impressive. Of course, I am the guy who believes that every receiver does not have to run 4.4.
Dean Clark – IDB – 2019. Really believe that he can be a top strong safety. Physical. Excellent closing speed. 4.5/40. Good hips. Smart. Measures 6’1-190. Could grow into an OLB. Leader by example. Impressed with his effort last Thursday. Liked his changed of direction when running the pro shuttle. Dean may one of the most “overlooked” recruits in Ohio. Needs to do well in camps. Best football ahead.
Jamir Thomas – RB/LB – 2019. Watched Jamir play against McKinley his freshman year(maybe sophomore year). Liked his presence on defense. Jamir got caught up in recruiting his 10th grade year. As a junior, he carried the team at RB. Impressed with his attitude Thursday. Focused and showed tremendous effort. If he knew how to start of the 40, he would be -4.6. Listed 6’1-210. Solid pro shuttle. Not so sure that he is not an OLB on the next level, but needs a chance at RB first. Not a natural RB, but working to improve skills. But – a college football player.
Aidan Longwell – QB – 2020. Did not participate, because he was pitching on Friday. Aidan – guessin 6’0-170. Enjoyed chatting with him. Wish he were a little bigger, but there is just something I like about him as a quarterback. Natural leader. Has some swagger. Will see him in camps this summer. Like his arm strength. Needs to get bigger/stronger. He knew what a “back door-slider” pitch was.
Jayden Ballard – WR – 2021. Got some varsity playing time last fall. Guessin 6’2-160. Worked hard. Most impressive was that he is a basketball player and did not have the chance to “football train” for this event. Good speed. 4.63. Needs to get bigger/stronger/faster. Like his athleticism. Needs to be a little more disciplined, but competed and was focused to do well. Should be a top WR recruit in the 2021 Class.
Andrew Wilson-Lamp – WR/DB – 2021. Do not know much about him and will not say much, but I liked the way he carried himself. Like the way he competed. Ran well for a 9th grader. Listed 6’1-160. Plays some corner. Early – but I liked his overall effort. Should be a solid corner next fall. One to watch.
As I watched the Massillon 2021 Class, Tiger fans need follow this group. Talented and disciplined. They worked hard, knowing that the college coaches were more focused on the 2019 Class. Probably five or six players who have a chance.
Coach Moore’s Pro Day was a success. I believe that he has one in early May. Every MAC school should be there. The Power 5 schools should be there, as well. Prospects – Dean Clark, Tre’ Morgan, and Jamir Thomas deserve a look.