December 12, 2011

Film Vault: Day is a versatile athlete

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After a breakout performance at the Ohio State two-day underclassmen camp back in June, Hilliard (Darby) prospect Caleb Day parlayed that outstanding showing into a big junior year for the Panthers. The 6-foot, 185-pound prospect is one of Ohio's most versatile athletes and in this piece we take a look at some exclusive highlight footage of Day from this past season.

On the hoof, Day is a long, lean, and athletic kid with broad shoulders. Day is a standout on the track as he was a state finalist in the 300-hurdles as a sophomore and that type of athleticism certainly translates over to the football field.

Offensively, there isn't much that Day can't do, he plays running back, slot, and occasionally splits out wide for the Panthers and he excels at every spot. Though a running back growing up, Day is built more like a wide receiver and for a prospect that really hasn't lined up at the position very much, he shows tremendous ball skills and is an outstanding natural pass-catcher. His ability to adjust to the ball when it's in the air is impressive and he is able to go up and catch the football at its highest point.

On defense, Day is one of Ohio's top corner prospects but his athleticism, length, and ball skills make him an outstanding free safety prospect as well. Day does a good job of playing the ball when it's in the air and has the height and long arms that college coaches are virtually obsessed with these days when trying to evaluate corners. Day has good recovery speed and shows a willingness to stick his nose in there in run support and should become even better in run support as he fills out and gets stronger.

Overall, Day is one of the most impressive run-and-jump athletes in the state of Ohio. While his offer from Ohio State is at corner, and he may very well end up there, he also projects very well to wide receiver and safety. Having a player that can project well to three different positions is a rare commodity and boosts Day's value even more in the era of the 85 scholarship limit.


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