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2019 East-West Shrine Game Small School Prospect Recap

E/W Shrine Game recap by Matt Anzio

2019 East-West Shrine Game Small School Prospect Recap by Matt Anzio

East Team

  • OT- Oli Udoh, Elon,  6-6 325 lbs :        MY favorite OT invited to the game this year  .Very impressed blocking a stout D front of the East in practice all week. Carried over to the game where he dominated opening lanes in the run game & not being moved off his spot in the pass game.  Big name school D lineman all had trouble with Udoh on Sat big man can move bust lanes open for backs or hold his ground against both fast & strong DE’s. He is another small school O line prospect to keep close eye on as he will be playing in the NFL barring injury, God forbid.
  • DL – Michael Dogbe, Temple,  6-3 280 lbs.: Played DT at Temple but showed the movement skills to play Edge on Sat & throughout the week. 69 tackles 12.5 TFL 7 tackles  & 3 FF. Although was quiet in the game most the DL was because of rules & really good work from  both O lines . During practice scouts noticed right away the type of DL prospect Dogbe is a impact player  too fast off the edge for many of these guys especially in the early day 1 to 2 practices especially in 1 on 1 situations he can win with power & or speed . A straight up  beastly aggressive athletic high motor savage.
  • WR- Jesper  Horsted, Princeton,    6-4 225 lbs: Had 72 catches for 1047 yds , 13 TD’s in 2018 . With 28 TD’s in his career at Princeton  Jesper is an interesting prospect. For a large 6-4 225 lb man he is sneaky quick with great body & ball control. Showed up all week putting out some good tape making tough grabs on multiple routes  lined at X, Y & Z wide out positions with success. Did see him lose one in 9 on 7’s but came right back with a fingertip one handed grab. Had some nice grabs in the game itself.
  • DL – Cortez Broughton, Cincy,       6-3 285 lbs: Had 52 tackles, 18.5 TFL, 7.5 sacks, 5 PBU   & 2 FF in 2018 as a Defensive Tackle . Absolute beast very notiabley strong heavy hands powerful lean. Short area quickness good size  another guy that seems to have the tools to be effective inside & out. So many good D line prospects on the East & overall some had very close evaluations. Been high on Broughton for awhile profiled his teammate Copeland early this year plan on doing Broughton closer to the draft.
  • RB – Marquis Young, UMass,   6-1 213 lbs: 68. 4 avg yds per game career as part of a rotational backfield.  Where he was the 2nd option & the kick returner. The Phil Steele All Independent for both kick return & rushing. Young showed up in Saint Pete looking good hitting the holes and making some nice grabs on screens and short passes which translated to a good day running & receiving on Sat. Look for some team to take a flyer on him late & i think he will find his way onto a roster this coming Spring/ Summer.
  • DB –   Jimmy Moreland, James Maddison, 5-10 190 lbs: FCS ADA First Team, AFCS FCS First Team, STATS First Team, Hero Sports first Sports Ref first team you get the picture? Showed flashes all week both as a DB & on ST. His lack of height does not concern me in the least because of his range & athletic ability. quickness had 56 tackles with 28 solo for JMU this season. Also Had 5 INT’s 7.5 TFL 1.5 sacks, 10 PBU 1 FF & a FR.  He plays with passion & toughness after this week he helped himself greatly. Another considered smaller DB’s that is perfect for the slot or at safety. Great awareness & vertical ability.
  • Other players who had an overall good week include  LB – Sione Takitaki, BYU, WR- Terry Wright, Purdue,  RB- Ty Johnson, Maryland, DL Kevin Wilkins, Rutgers, LB Tre Watson, Maryland, DB- Chris Johnson, North Alabama, TE- CJ Conrad, Kentucky,LB – Ulysses Gilbert, Akron, RB- D Hall, Pitt & DL Mathieu Betts, Laval, LB- Khalil Hodge, Buff  of course (not small school) WR Terry Godwin, Georgia who is personal favorite of mine but not small school all these players stood out to me in either practice & or in the Game.

West Team

  • OL – Trey Pipkins, Sioux Falls, 6-7 307  lbs: Absolute stud against a stout D line of the East & West he held his own consistently standing out all week in practice carried over to the game. Helped opening huge running hole on Ozigbo TD showed the ability to keep  some highly ranked DE in check . Big strong long but has quick feet fluid hips & knee bend. There are some good small school sleepers at O line & Pipkins is a top guy to watch
  • WR – Shawn Poindexter, Arizona   6-5 218 lbs: Had 759 yds & 11 TD’s in 2018. Big long arms strong hands good eye for the ball. Athletic quick yet still raw with low mileage only 2 years playing experience. A natural athlete former volleyball star turned Arizona receiver showed up this past week & weekend even adding a nice grab in the back of the End Zone in the game on Sat.
  • LB – B.J. Blunt, McNeese State    6-1 220 lbs : Really took his play to the next level after converting from DB  Athletic undersized but every team needs a guy like this that can cover like a DB but hit like a LB the hybrid or what is called the Spear position have become an area of interest with success of smaller LB’s such as Deon Jones, in at Atlanta Deone Bucannon in Arizona before the injuries. Teams need a guy or 2 of this nature to cover smaller backs & wide outs & have become top dogs on special teams unit across the Football spectrum.
  • DB – Montre Hartage, NorthWestern , 6-0 195 lbs : First Team All Big 10 Cornerback. Can play man or press shows good intensity tight coverage on some pretty big talented wide outs also showed up on ST &  now a player on my radar. Was involved in some big plays both in practice & on Sat. He caused a turnover that lead to a go ahead TD.
  • DE – Markus Jones, Angelo State,  6-4 260 lbs: All-Conference First Team lead his team in TFL with 16 & sacks with 7.5 also adding 54 tackles.   Took me a while too even realize who he was but glad i found him.Beat some big OT’s inside & out in 1 on 1’s all week.  Super explosive pass rusher that could be a 34 Outside LB but think his best bet is add 15-20 pounds become a 43 DE at the next level. One of the best burst off the line him & Hollins from Oregon look like legit pass rushers.
  • Others who had good weeks overall where  in no particular order where DL – Daniel Wise, Kansas, WR Brody Oliver, Mines,  RB- Devine Ozigbo, DB- Andrew Wingard, Wyoming, QB- Brett Rypien, Boise State & although a power five   school of course Defensive MVP LB- Justin Hollins, Oregon who had 10 tackles & 2 sacks as a late add.

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