Next Level Senior Combine recap
MASSILLON, Ohio -- While many of the country's top prep football prospects made a commitment long ago, there are still many who are undecided and trying to figure out what their best choice is.
For all of the prospects who have scholarship offers, there are plenty of others who are hoping someone gives them the opportunity to continue their football career at the next level. Approximately 50 prospects attended the Next Level Senior Combine on Saturday with that goal in mind. Prospects from Ohio were joined at the combine by prospects from at least eight other states including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia and Georgia.
The majority of the prospects on hand attended the combine, which could be dubbed the "Last Chance Combine," looking for their first scholarship offer from one or more of the college coaches looking on.
The day included instruction on everything from how to most efficiently run the 40-yard dash to how to impress college coaches during the recruiting process.
Three backs emerge
College coaches looking to find a sleeper running back had three excellent choices on Saturday.
Jordan Canzeri (Troy, N.Y./Troy), a 5-foot-9, 174-pound running back, rushed for 2,048 yards during his senior season, but was in Ohio looking for a scholarship offer. He showed plenty at the camp to make one believe that first offer and others could come.
Canzeri ran the 40-yard dash in 4.55 seconds, did the shuttle in 4.08 seconds, had a standing broad jump of 106.6 and a vertical jump of 29.4 inches.
He also looked very good running routes in shell drills and handled rushing linebackers well in one-on-one drills.
"I came here to get better and I knew coaches would be here," Canzeri said. "I want to go somewhere I can get a good education and play against the best competition I can."
Another running back who made the trip all the way from the state of New York was Trevor Officer (Central Valley, N.Y./Monroe-Woodbury). The 5-9, 181-pounder rushed for 1,548 yards and 18 touchdowns during his senior season, but like Canzeri, is looking for his first offer.
"You don't really get too many looks in New York," Officer said. "It's been great at this combine. It's not like some where there are 400 kids. There aren't as many kids and the coaches get to know you. This is one of the best I've been to."
Officer did the shuttle in 4.12 seconds, had a standing broad jump of 123 and a 32.3-inch vertical jump. Prior to the camp Officer said coaches from Syracuse, Richmond, New Albany and Southern Connecticut, among others, have been in contact.
The other running back who stood out on Saturday was Phil Acrie (Wheeling, W.Va./Linsly). The 5-9, 191-pounder ran the 40-yard dash in 4.58 seconds, did the shuttle in 4.31 seconds, had a standing broad jump of 110 and a 31.8-inch vertical jump.
Acrie is originally from Pittsburgh, and said he is interested in colleges from "Pittsburgh to the Carolinas."
The top offensive lineman at the combine was Tyler Sibbersen (Oregon, Ohio/Clay). The 6-4, 282-pounder has a good frame that can easily carry over 300 pounds at the next level.
Sibbersen showed good punch on blocking drills and pretty good feet. He was very effective in pass blocking drills and worked out at both tackle and center.
"This has been a good camp for me," Sibbersen said. "Next Level has given me the opportunity to get some good looks."
• The top quarterback at the combine, Marcus Fuller (Ashland, Ohio/Ashland), was one of the few prospects in attendance who has already picked his college. The 6-0, 190-pounder, who has committed to Brown, drilled the ball into receivers on short and intermediate routes and showed nice touch on long passes.
• Tight end/wide receiver Andrew Schickler (Doylestown, Ohio/Chippewa) was a matchup problem on Saturday. The 6-4, 190-pounder caught passes over shorter defensive backs and was able to use his speed to go deep against many of the linebackers at the combine.
Schickler played for a Chippewa team that went winless this season, and was hoping to attract interest from recruiters who didn't check out his high school team.
• One of the few linebackers who showed he was able to cover Schickler as well as most of the running backs at the combine was Allen Ritchie (Whitehall, Ohio/Yearling). He did not play for his high school team, choosing instead to play for the Columbus (Ohio) Crusaders, a club team.
The 6-2, 200-pounder ran the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds. He also made some of the top plays in passing drills with an interception 35 yards downfield and a spectacular tip on a pass over 40 yards downfield. On both plays Ritchie was covering a running back.
• The top two defensive linemen at the combine were Taylor Killian (Louisa, Ky./Lawrence County) and Jacques Moss (Groveport, Ohio/Madison).
The 6-0, 230-pound Killian was outstanding as he consistently beat opposing linemen with his speed rush. Killian could play defensive end or outside linebacker in college.
Moss, at 6-3, 308 pounds, was very effective with his bull rush as he overpowered most of his counterparts on the offensive line.
Bill Kurelic covers recruiting in the Midwest for ESPN Recruiting.
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