<
>
Insider

Finding the Future: adidas Invitational

3/25/2013

Editor's note: Finding the Future is a RecruitingNation feature that will appear throughout camps and combine season, ranking prospects strictly on their on-field performance at the particular event. It does not reflect where each will land when the class is ranked by ESPN.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- It seemed as though the underclassmen were trying to take over the Adidas Invitational on Sunday. A look at some of the top underclassmen on hand for the event:

2015 DE Jashon Cornell

6-foot-4, 225 pounds

St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall

Considering: Offers from Iowa, Minnesota and Rutgers. Also considering Michigan and Notre Dame among others.

What we learned: Cornell stood out before he even stepped on the field. He's put together very well and stood out among the defensive ends.

There were some high expectations coming into the event, as he has already been offered by Iowa, Minnesota and Rutgers and he didn't disappoint. He showed off a good amount of strength for his age and what he thinks is his biggest asset.

"Speed. Speed sets me apart from everybody else," he said. "Most schools are saying either defensive end or outside linebacker where they see me playing."

Cornell believes he has the ability to play either position and judging from his performance on Sunday it would be tough to argue with him.

2015 RB Mike Weber

5-foot-10, 195 pounds

Detroit Cass Tech

Considering: Offers from Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State and Syracuse. Also considering Ohio State, Notre Dame and Alabama, among others.

What we learned: Weber continues to show why he's gaining early offers and early interest at each camp he attends. He has a solid build and looks like he is still getting bigger without losing a step.

While running through the position drills, Weber led the way for running backs all together, not just in his class. His footwork was phenomenal and any misstep he made was corrected on the next rep.

Weber can pound the ball up the middle, bounce it outside and can even catch out of the backfield. He is going to continue to rack up offers as time goes on and it's easy to see that he will be one of the top running backs in his class.

2015 QB Jayru Campbell

6-foot-3, 175 pounds

Detroit Cass Tech

Considering: Offers from Alabama, Eastern Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame.

What we learned: Campbell has already burst onto the scene with big offers and a ton of programs already interested. He has good size and a solid release, but still has a few kinks to work out.

Campbell has been working on his footwork among other things, and seems to be steadily improving his technique. One of his trainers, Donovan Dooley, says Campbell could fit in most systems because of his ability and versatility.

"He's a dual threat quarterback, but he has a ton of talent around him where he doesn't have to run at all. He can run, and his development is ridiculous and his ceiling is so high given his age that I think he can fit in any system. " Dooley said. "He's one of the hardest working kids I work with. I definitely think he improved footwork-wise. He's improved a lot; his ability to move in the pocket and look downfield and make plays has also improved."

2015 DE Joshua Alabi

6-foot-4, 248 pounds

Detroit Cass Tech

Considering: Offers from Michigan and Michigan State.

What we learned: Alabi was recently offered by Michigan and Michigan State, and after his camp performance, he should start to see that offer sheet grow. Alabi has good size for his age and still moves very well for how big he is.

He still needs to work on using his hands better, but he has a ton of potential going forward.

The more camps he attends, the more confidence we have seen out of Alabi and that confidence translated to success in one-on-one drills. Once he consistently starts to use the technique he's taught, Alabi could be a real force as a strong-side defensive end.

2016 DE Lawrence Gordon

6-foot-5, 230 pounds

Saginaw (Mich.) Arthur Hills

What we learned: Gordon is a quiet kid, so he doesn't stick out from a flashy standpoint. His size definitely puts him in the spotlight, though and he displayed a lot of positives, given how young he is.

He plays physicalyl and didn't back down from anyone, so much so that he ended up getting the entire front of his shirt ripped off just to get to the tackle dummy. Gordon took a rep against 2014 offensive lineman Frank Ragnow (Victoria, Minn./Chanhassen) in one-on-ones and held his own.

While Gordon has time to work on technique and fundamentals, there is a reason he's already getting interest from some big programs.

"He has good footwork for such a young player with his size," mentor Ralph Arnett said. "He moves well with a good motor. He needs to get in the weight room because at times he struggled with the bull rush."

Gordon still has almost three years until his signing day, so it will be interesting to watch his development.