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Friday, June 14, 2013
Camp Preview: What to Watch

By Tom VanHaaren

The Sound Mind Sound Body camp is one of the biggest Midwest camps annually. Coaches from most of the Big Ten are on hand in Southfield, Mich., this weekend, to give speeches and work hands-on with the camp participants, which adds extra appeal for prospects. Every year the camp is filled with top prospects, and this year is no different. With more than 600 recruits scheduled to be on hand, here are a few things to watch this weekend.

Jacques Patrick 

Coming all the way up from Florida, 2015 running back Jacques Patrick (Orlando, Fla./Timber Creek) will compete in one-on-ones on Friday. The star running back has offers from almost every major school and decided to come north for a Midwest tour of schools including Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State.

Patrick is one of the biggest names on the roster despite being a rising junior. His participation in the one-on-ones will make them that much more exciting. With the chance to compete in front of college coaches, he is sure to turn some heads throughout the day.

Glenville representing

It seems as though Cleveland Glenville is bringing the entire team to compete in the Sound Mind Sound Body camp. Coach Ted Ginn's team arrived early and competed in a 7-on-7 scrimmage with Cass Tech High School from Detroit on Thursday.

The roster has more than 30 prospects listed to attend the event hailing from Glenville, the most of any school. Headlined by 2014 prospects Erick Smith, Marshon Lattimore and Ohio State commit Marcelys Jones, the teammates will definitely stick out.

2015 takeover

There will be plenty of 2014 prospects on hand trying to vie for an offer, but the 2015 class might steal the show. Some big names are set to attend, and the rising juniors are ready to show up their older counterparts.

One of the biggest names on hand will be 2015 defensive end Jashon Cornell (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham), who has ben racking up offers left and right. With Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Florida offers already under his belt, Cornell doesn't have much left to prove.

He will have competition, though, with defensive end Joshua Alabi (Detroit/Cass Tech) and offensive lineman Kyonta Stallworth (St. Clair Shores, Mich./South Lake) in attendance.

Wide receiver Brian Cole (Saginaw, Mich./Heritage), running back Mike Weber (Detroit/Cass Tech) and defensive back Eric Glover-Williams (Canton, Ohio/McKinley) will all be in the mix to become top performers as well.

Who earns an offer

This is a huge opportunity for prospects looking to gain more offers to prove they are worthy in front of college coaches. The prospects will have the chance to show coaches from all over what they have to offer.

While it's still technically early in the 2014 recruiting cycle, it is getting late to earn an offer. Showing your skills in person is one of the best ways to get evaluated by college coaches, which is exactly what will happen here.

Prospects such as defensive back Tim Cason (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston), Jalen Embry (Detroit/Martin Luther King) and Preston Woods (South St. Paul, Minn./South St. Paul) are all looking to add to their offer list.

With a good showing there is no doubt some offers could eventually be earned based on performance at this camp. The only question is who steps up and handles the pressure.

Long trip from Texas

Two Texas prospects are set to attend. LSU commit Ed Paris (Arlington, Texas/Timberview) and high school teammate Brandon Simmons are both on the roster. Simmons is committed to Stanford.

Since the two prospects are committed to big-time schools, the trip up North is an interesting one. Neither prospect has much to prove and are believed to be solid to their respective schools.

Texas prospects typically love competition, so it could just be to take up an opportunity to show up some Northern recruits. Plenty of eyes will be on the teammates to see not only how they perform, but if they are listening to other schools as well.