Recruiting & Scouting

Hundreds of football recruits attend Sound Mind Sound Body at Dakota, and attrack much attention

Football   | Scott Burnstein

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Last week, the renowned Sound Mind Sound Body Football Academy entered its second decade of existence, showing why it’s turned into one of the elite offseason showcase camps in the entire country with a cavalcade of high-profile prep prospects and college coaches in attendance at the two-day event held at Macomb Dakota High School.

Sound Mind Sound Body staged its first camp in 2004. Over 1,500 players participated in this year’s two-day event. Having college football prospects from around the country flock to Metro Detroit for the camp that is part athletic, part educational program.

The in-state receiver crop impressed the scouts with its diversity. There were speedsters, excellent route-runners and guys with fine pass-catching ability.

“This could be the best group of receivers in the whole Midwest,” one Ohio State recruiter was heard commenting to another from Penn State.

Premier in-state pass-catchers such as Detroit King’s Donnie Corley and Ambry Thomas, Detroit Cass Tech’s Donovan Peoples-Jones and Dwight Blakey, West Bloomfield’s Trishton Jackson, Waterford Mott’s Dez Fitzpatrick, Ann Arbor Skyline’s Hunter Rison, Chelsea’s Bailey Edwards and Orchard Lake St. Mary’s’ K.J. Hamler all made appearances.