Monday, February 18, 2013
Ohio Core 6: Five who boosted their stock
By Jared Shanker
CLEVES, Ohio -- With several ESPN Watch List members on hand Sunday, the Ohio Core 6 Showcase packed the talent for the second time in a span of just a few weeks. There were some new names in the Cleves event that did not work out in Chicago, and they proved why they are deserving of their Watch List status.
Here is a look at five 2014 players who helped their stock on Sunday.
WR Dominique Booth (Indianapolis/Pike) The offensive MVP of the combine, Booth caught everything thrown his way, and many of those passes were hardly in stride or without a defender closing in. At one point for four consecutive occasions, Booth went up against Gary (Ind.) West Side athlete Lonnie Johnson, who holds several offers, and Booth won each time. Booth showed off several different routes from posts to comebacks and looked good in every repetition.
ILB Clifton Garrett (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South) It was more of the same from the Watch List linebacker, as he dominated a Core 6 event for a second time in less than a month. The event’s defensive MVP was all over receiver targets during pass defense drills, blanketing his opponent each time he took the field. Garrett is nearing 230 pounds but is not losing any of his quickness.
OT Jamarco Jones (Chicago/De La Salle) Unable to participate in the Core 6 event in his hometown in January, Jones came with a purpose on Sunday. With Watch List defensive lineman Malik McDowell coming down from Detroit, the main event of the afternoon was the one-on-one battle between Jones and McDowell. In an event that is not set up to an offensive lineman’s advantage, Jones got the best of McDowell on more than a few occasions, and that effort helped him to the event’s overall MVP award.
DE Malik McDowell (Detroit/Loyola) Despite battling some cramping through the event, McDowell lived up to the billing of being one of the Midwest’s top prospects -- not just linemen -- in the 2014 class. The only lineman at the event who could slow down McDowell was Jones, the overall MVP. The rest of the time it was just too easy for McDowell.
WR Jauan Wesley (Harvey, Ill./Thornton) While the names above are already multiple-offer prospects, Wesley is probably the one player who helped his stock most on Sunday. Wesley was offered by Illinois shortly before the Chicago event, and he showed on that January afternoon that he is deserving of the BCS offer. He let everyone know his performance last month was no fluke, once again dominating defensive backs on every snap. There were not many defensive backs on the field on Sunday who could match Wesley step for step.