Michigan Elite hosted a regional 7 on 7 tournament this weekend, which featured an MSU commitment in Matt Sokol and a 2014 target in Kyle Rachwal. In addition to the pair, there were plenty of younger prospects on hand, too, that MSU will be looking at in the future.
-- Michigan State commit Matt Sokol showed clearly what the MSU coaches like about him so much.
The 6-foot-5, 225-pound tight end was a difficult matchup all weekend. He showed good hands and caught the ball well away from his body.
The Rochester Adams quarterback said he has been working hard for the coming season.
"It's about staying healthy and getting ready for the high school season and for things ahead in the future," Sokol said. "It's constantly working on your game, getting stronger and staying healthy."
The MSU coaches also had a message for Sokol about this offseason.
"Coach Dantonio said do your thing and be you and constantly be preparing," he said. "I'm in for a wide awakening when it comes to college football, so he said to play your game, working on your game as much as you can and stay healthy. Stay healthy was the biggest thing, football-wise."
Sokol said he will be attending MSU's camp on June 16.
-- Lapeer East athlete Kyle Rachwal and his HYPE team had a good showing. The team finished in second place, earning an invite to the IMG Nationall 7 on 7 tournament in Florida.
Rachwal, who is being recruited as a linebacker by the Spartans, made some nice plays on the offensive side of the ball, including a great one-handed catch on a conversion.
He also was tough defensively, playing physically on the line and moving well laterally. Sokol went head-to-head with Rachwal and said he was a tough competitor and noted how physically he played him.
As for his recruiting, the spring period saw Rachwal picking up more interest, but not more offers.
"(The process) is going really good," Rachwal said. "I've had 12-14 schools come in and recruit me. Central Michigan came twice and Michigan State came twice. Now, I've got camp season ahead of me, where I can prove myself and get more offers."
As for where the Spartans factor in, Rachwal said the Spartans coaches have told him to come to camp and run a good 40-yard dash time, and perform well in the drills and they will offer him.
Rachwal will be at the one-day camp at MSU on June 16.
-- There might not have been a more impressive player on Sunday than Detroit King's Avonte Maddox. The speedy 2014 cornerback was making plays all over the field. He had multiple picks while competing in the air for the ball, and broke up passes down the sideline and on slants. He has a few MAC offers and Cincinnati has thrown its name in the hat. 2015 King linebacker Tyriq Thompson already is well built and made plays, too. King will be tough this year for the Detroit PSL.
-- Orchard Lake St. Mary's 2014 wide receiver/cornerback Jalen Watts-Jackson was fun to watch. He only has three offers, but in a camp setting he could earn more. He made multiple leaping catches along the sideline and in the endzone. Showed good hands and pretty good route running. The vertical leap was the most impressive thing -- it looked like he had spring-loaded shoes. His size as a wide receiver might be lacking, so his future likely is on the defensive side, but he will make plays.
-- Fort Wayne Carroll 2014 safety Drue Tranquill is a physical specimen who really stands out on the field because of his build and he has good, fluid skills in coverage. He also made the game-sealing pick in the endzone in the title game. He has a few MAC offers, but also is expected to be drafted in the MLB Draft in June. His younger brother, 2015 safety Justin Tranquill, holds an early Toledo offer and was pretty good in coverage playing mostly cornerback.
-- Fort Wayne AWP won the title at the event, and 2016 Bishop Luers wide receiver Austin Mack was named MVP. Mack showed good separation from defensive backs and good hands. 2014 Concordia Lutheran quarterback David Morrisson (committed to Ball State) looked good and made good decisions throughout the title game. In the skills competition on Saturday night, AWP's quarterbacks placed as the top four at the event.
-- A second AWP team featured 2016 Bishop Luers quarterback Noah Wezensky. I didn't have the chance to see Wezensky in action, but he already has an offer from Akron and a coach I talked to raved about his game.
-- Farmington Hills Harrison 2016 wide receiver Desmond Fitzpatrick put up a good showing and had good hands and looks natural in and out of his breaks/cuts. Another fantastic pass-catching recruit from Harrison, of course. He also had a great catch between two defenders in the endzone.
-- Rutgers QB commit Tyler Wiegers (2014 Detroit Country Day) had a good showing throughout the day Saturday. He put good spin on the ball and went through his reads well. Rutgers will be happy to have him.