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October 6, 2008
Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barry Every breaks down some of the Division I-A talent that participated in games featuring St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall vs. White Bear Lake (Minn.) High and Minneapolis Breck vs. Minneapolis Minnehaha Academy.
Monster junior OT Seantrel Henderson paved the way for Cretin-Derham Hall's 42-12 win over White Bear and Bryce McNeal was all over the field while helping lead Breck to a 36-21 victory over Minnehaha Academy.
A closer look at some key players, listed alphabetically:
PQB Mark Alt, 6-4/185, Cretin-Derham Hall (2010 class)
ASSETS: Has good height, a live arm and good spin on his passes.
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT: Needs to get stronger, add muscle mass and work on holding the ball higher prior to release.
MOST IMPRESSIVE PLAY: His accuracy is exceptional when he is rolling out of the pocket.
CONCLUSION: He is committed to Minnesota for hockey. Alt has interest in playing college football, but it will be hard to turn his back on this great opportunity with the Gophers.
RB Marcus Binns, 5-9/200, Cretin-Derham Hall
ASSETS: Has great lower body strength, really accelerates through the hole and has good change of direction.
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT: Coming back from a knee injury so he needs to continue to rehab and improve his overall speed.
MOST IMPRESSIVE PLAY: Considering this was his first game back from knee injury, he was extremely productive rushing for 137 yards and three TDs.
CONCLUSION: Has an offer from Air Force at this time. He is a high character kid with good grades once film gets out and colleges see he is back offers should come in. I can foresee MAC schools looking his way soon.
OT Seantrel Henderson, 6-8/301, Cretin-Derham Hall (2010 class)
ASSETS: Has tremendous size, excellent feet, speed and great pad level for a big lineman.
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT: Technically he is very sound but he could be a tad more aggressive and nasty.
MOST IMPRESSIVE PLAY: Just watching this behemoth run around the field; I would guess he is a sub-5.0 40-yard guy.
CONCLUSION: There is no doubt in my mind that this is a top-20 player in the nation for next year's class. He is a definite five-star prospect who currently has twelve written offers from BCS schools.
SDE/TE Taylor Hanson, 6-5/225, Minnehaha Academy (2010 class)
ASSETS: Has excellent height and lower body structure. He is also very aggressive and will chase the ball all over the field.
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT: Needs to look the ball into his hands to improve as a tight end prospect. Also needs to add some upper body strength and size.
MOST IMPRESSIVE PLAY: Ran a long ways down field to make a tackle from behind and then followed up that shear hustle play with a TFL in the first quarter.
CONCLUSION: Hanson definitely has the frame and the mindset to be a DI guy. It is really a matter of what position he will play at the next level. He could either project as a TE or DE.
WR Bryce McNeal, 6-2/180, Breck
ASSETS: Has excellent hands and change of direction. He also runs effortlessly after the catch.
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT: He needs to be more aggressive and emotional, along with adding about 10 to 15 pounds.
MOST IMPRESSIVE PLAY: The first time he touched the ball was in the second quarter on a punt return of 25 yards and you could see he was just a natural running with the ball in his hands.
CONCLUSION: Even though he does not play in the highest level of football in Minnesota, you can still see a special athlete every time he catches a pass or returns a kickoff or punt. His recruiting could get interesting since he is committed to Michigan but still plans to take visits.
OTHERS WITH DIVISION I-A POTENTIAL: OC Zach Mottla, Cretin-Derham Hall