Photo: Floyds Knobs (IN) Central RB Wenkers Wright
Since 2010, the Best of the Midwest Combine has proven to be a testing ground for high school prospects looking to test themselves during the off-season.
Sunday, another large group of prospects took the field at the Grand Park Events Center in Indianapolis looking to expand their game and work on their camp skill sets with summer camps just a few months away with scholarship money on the table.
MVPs Awarded by BOMW Staff
Garrett Jostworth out of Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy earned MVP honors at tight end and for good reason. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound junior led all tight ends in each event (4.03 pro-shuttle) and showed his solid hands during one-on-one drills. Jostworth has been getting early attention and a prospect we expect to have a big spring and summer.
While Holtzclaw and Taylor earned the nod for MVP, Centerville (Ohio) 2022 quarterback Chase Harrison continues to show why he’s getting early recruiting attention as he continues to grow physically. Harrison is no stranger to the camp scene as he’s been competing since junior high. Arm strength continues to improve as does his overall mechanics. We expect Harrison to have a busy spring with many programs expected to visit the school to see him throw.
Wenkers Wright out of Floyds Knobs (IN) Central High School is a player we enjoyed watching. Wright lived in an orphanage in Haiti with his brother until he was 6 years old. Listed at 6-foot-2, 185-pounds, Wright not only is a good story but also a talent to watch as he rushed for 2,056 yards and 27 touchdowns this past season. Sunday he ran a 4.62 forty to go with a 4.15 pro-shuttle along with a 9-foot-10 broad jump. Wright also gets it done in the classroom and should be a name to watch.
There was a strong showing at linebacker from Southwest Ohio led by Nijal Mooney (Roger Bacon) who showed off his combination of speed (4.6- 40) and agility (4.25 Pro Shuttle). One of the more aggressive players on the day was St. Xavier junior backer Matthew Devine (4.38 Pro Shuttle. Junior safety/linebacker TJ Rotello out of Moeller (4.15 Pro Shuttle) is an under the radar prospect to keep an eye on. We were impressed with all three this past season and look forward to seeing what they do on the summer camp circuit.
Sophomore Cameron Collins (St Xavier) started this past season for the Bombers and continues to grow and improve his technique. Springboro under the radar prospect Ryan Iiams was solid in one-on-ones. Billy Reed-Bodey (Fairbanks HS) took a break from wrestling to compete and quickly used his wrestling background when defensive linemen looked to bull rush only to be stopped in their tracks with his brute strength.
Moeller junior linemen Koby Lunsford-Staples and Fredrick Sturgis each had their moments with Sturgis getting out of his comfort zone of tackle to take reps at center and guard, where he projects at the next level. Out of Romeo, Michigan was multi-offered lineman Weston Jones who did extremely well during one-on-ones. Another sophomore to keep an eye on is Andrew Stewart (Wilmington HS) who showed solid technique work. Bellbrook sophomore Brayden Turner is a player we had a chance to watch workout at Black Sheep Performance a few weeks ago who started at center this past season. Still raw, Turner is putting in the work getting in better shape along with technique work this off season.
**BELOW ARE CLIPS OF CAMERON COLLINS, WESTON JONES AND BILLY REED-BODEY DURING THE ONE-ON-ONE PART OF THE DAY**
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Three sophomore running backs, Jah’mal Hutsell (Roger Bacon) tested well (4.65 – 40, 4.18 Pro Shuttle), Ty’aris Stevenson (Withrow) and Seth Borondy (Bellbrook) all tested well on the day. It will be interesting to see Hutsell progress behind Corey Kiner next season. Dayton Belmont junior Joddi Burton (4.38 Pro Shuttle) is an under the radar prospect determined to prove doubters wrong.
Centerville receiver Will Linkhart enjoyed a solid junior season and showed well on the day. Linkhart has a long frame with solid hands but must continue to add bulk and strength. Withrow brought several receivers in Donsha Knox (2022), Ryan Moore (2021), and Tim Pope (2022) with each doing well on the day.