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Saturday, June 15, 2013
Lessons Learned: SMSB

By Chantel Jennings & Tom VanHaaren

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -- The Sound Mind Sound Body camp ran Friday and Saturday in Michigan and plenty of talent turned out for the big event. College coaches were strewn about and players took hold of opportunities to shine.

Recruiting writers Chantel Jennings and Tom VanHaaren were at the event and here is what they learned:

Cleveland Glenville has depth

The school's reputation for producing quality recruits is well known. However, bringing 50 prospects to a camp is downright insane, but that’s exactly what Glenville did.

Leading the Glenville pack was athlete Marshon Lattimore who holds offers from Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State, USC and Oregon, among others. However, he was also surrounded by a lot of talent such as defensive back Darius Lewis and safety Erick Smith.

Not every prospect they brought was a four-star or well-known name but the fact that a single high school could organize, collect and produce that number of players at a single camp was one of the more impressive feats of the weekend.

Lindell Stone more than just a great name

UCLA recently offered eighth-grade quarterback Lindell Stone (Southlake, Texas/Carroll), which seems outrageously early for a quarterback offer.

That offer didn’t seem as far fetched once he stepped onto the field. Stone already looks the part at 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds and was competing with prospects two to three years older than him.

He came up to the Sound Mind Sound Body camp to get the opportunity to throw in front of college coaches, specifically Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges, and he showed everyone why the Bruins jumped on board. It’s way too early in the process for him to narrow anything down, but the hype has already been built around this talented youngster.

He was only on hand for one day, but in that short amount of time he showed that he could step in and handle the pressure like a veteran.

Stanley Norman is about to blow up

Making the long trek from California, 2015 defensive back Stanley Norman (Culver City, Calif./Culver City) was hoping to make a name for himself in the Midwest.

“I’m open to going anywhere, because I have family in California and Louisiana, so I’m open to everywhere,” he said. “I came out here with my coach, Jeff Johnson, because he told me to come out and get some competition in the Midwest.”

The 5-foot-11, 160-pound corner did that and more Saturday. He turned heads with pass break-up after pass break-up in one-on-ones.

With offers from Marshall, San Jose State, UCLA, Utah and Washington State, Norman added to his list after his performance.

“I came out here and expanded my talent,” he said. “Akron offered me after this, and Bowling Green was talking to me, too.”

With college coaches in attendance from all over the Midwest, it’s safe to say that Norman’s list of offers will continue to grow after this weekend.

Tranquill building momentum

Drue Tranquill (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) worked out with the defensive backs at the camp despite being listed as a linebacker. The 6-foot-3, 207-pound Class of 2014 prospect held his own in drills and showed a ton of athleticism.

He received a lot of attention from the coaching staffs on hand, and was definitely one of the top performers on defense, earning offers from Indiana, Western Michigan and Minnesota.

He was hearing from Ohio State as well, and might visit the Buckeyes on July 26.

Tranquill could be another under-the-radar prospect who gets propelled onto the recruiting scene through this camp.

2016 prospects showing out

The camp split most drills into two groups -- one with 2014 and 2015 prospects and one with 2016-and-younger prospects. However, even some recruits in that 2016 class could have competed with the highest-level talent at the camp.

Some of those players who stood out were running back Brison White (St. Paul/Cretin-Derham), defensive back Patrice Rene (Ottawa, Ontario), cornerback Lavert Hill (Detroit/Cass Tech) and running back Matt Falcon (Southfield, Mich./Southfield).

For the guys who were pulled up to compete against the older players, it paid off. Rene picked up his first offer from Akron on Saturday after an impressive showing in the one-on-ones.

"I hadn't been hearing from many schools before this camp, so this started it for me,” Rene said. “It's difficult because the coaches in the states don't come up here [to Canada] too much, so it's up to me to come down there."