SAN ANTONIO – With nine Ohio State commitments selected for the game, Buckeyes fans will want to keep a close eye on this year’s US Army All-American game.
On Monday, six of those commitments — RB J.K. Dobbins, WR Tyjon Lindsey and DT Haskell Garrett didn’t make it to town yet due to injury — took part in the first day of practice and put on quite a show.
Here are some news and notes from around San Antonio on Monday:
Tate Martell, quarterback
Monday was a good day for QB Tate Martell. The three-time national champion at Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) was lauded by most in attendance as the day’s best quarterback. Martell was significantly more accurate than his West teammate, TCU commit Shawn Robinson, and despite a few errant throws —usually high — Martell showed why he’s ranked as the country’s second-best dual-threat passer. On a day that didn’t allow him to utilize his skills running the ball, Martell was still right at home in the pocket and throwing the ball.
Michigan commitment Dylan McCaffrey arrives on Tuesday and will have to play catch-up if he wants to be the starter for the West on Saturday.
Wyatt Davis, offensive line
There’s a lot to be said about Wyatt Davis, but we’ll just cut to the chase. He’s a college ready offensive lineman. Davis is not the most physically imposing player on the field, especially when lined up next to freaks like Washington’s Foster Sarell, but he’s as technically sound as any player in the country at his position.
Davis had one bad rep against Utah defensive tackle Jay Tufele early, but settled in and looked like a natural fit at guard for the West. Expect him to start on Saturday.
Josh Myers, offensive line
It’s the same old story for Josh Myers. He’s a monster. You aren’t going to find many high school athletes who look like the 6-foot-6, 310-pound Myers, and you’ll find even fewer who move like he does. He’s big, he’s strong, he’s athletic and he’s just getting started.
This is a future guard in Columbus, despite all the recruiting ranking websites listing him as a tackle. He’ll play guard this week and it’s the start of his college career. He has great hands, great feet and a spectacular frame, just no experience in pass protection.
Our Michigan recruiting writer, Brandon Justice, watched the East practice on Monday, and was very impressed by Myers, among others.
Chase Young, defensive end
In a practice setting like Monday was, it’s hard sometimes to be too sure of what you’re seeing from any prospect, but especially out of offensive and defensive lineman. Chase Young however, did not elicit any confusing responses from people who saw him.
— Steve Wiltfong (@SWiltfong247) January 2, 2017
The key there is not that Young looks like a first-round pick — he’s a solid 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds — but that he moves like one. He’s a very rare athlete, as explosive as he is big. What Young will continue to work on as he prepares for Ohio State is upper body strength and using his hands to fend off blocks. If it’s just him and an offensive tackle for the corner, watch out.
Baron Browning, linebacker
As with Chase Young, it’s pretty obvious when you look at Baron Browning, that you’ve got all the makings of a really special football player. Browning measured in at 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds and has the rare ability — for these events — to actually line up at any linebacker position.
He can run like a defensive back and he looks like a defensive end. He’s got rare skills and I’m interested to see how that translates to the college game. This week is a good starting point for the 5-star linebacker.
Shaun Wade, cornerback
It’s always interesting to hear people talk about Shaun Wade. The Buckeyes commitment, a 5-star prospect from Florida, is about as polarizing as any defensive back in the country.
The problem is that it rarely looks like Wade is trying, still he always seems to make plays. He’s just that smooth, or natural. There’s no violence or aggression to his game and sometimes that plays as disinterest. Still, when he impresses, he really impresses.
— Brandon Justice (@LandOfJustice) January 2, 2017
Like Jeffrey Okudah, Wade has the frame and athleticism to play anywhere in the secondary, but he’s a cornerback this week and likely beyond it. I’m looking forward to watching him this week as he squares off against studs like 5-star Joseph Lewis and speedsters like DeVonta Smith.