CLEVELAND – The eyeball test never fails.
At Tuesday's Elite Skills Camp, there was a big 6-foot-5, 220-pound player running around wearing jersey No. 100. However, he was a name that many people recognized. After watching him go through drills, catching a lot of balls and running around very fluidly, it was clear that his looks weren't deceiving. The kid was a player.
That kid was Lewis Center (Ohio) Olentangy tight end Kenny Anunike.
And after watching him perform on Tuesday it's easy to see why Air Force, Indiana and Miami of Ohio have already offered him.
"My tape has been sent out to a few places, and I've already got a few offers," Anunike said. "What you would see on tape is that I like to finish. I like to finish the play. A funny thing was that my coach said he was going to start giving me helmet stickers for tackles on offense. I like to finish the guy. Once I start blocking, I end it when the whistle blows. You see the guys I'm going up against usually on the ground. I don't kid.
"We had a star receiver on our team, so he sucked up all the passes. Us tight ends, don't get much love, but this year it's going to change. I caught four passes for 65 yards. I know it's not a lot, but I made the most of it. But I made a living as a blocker. The way I figured, if I work hard this play then that might make the coach want to throw the ball to me more."
He caught plenty on Tuesday and looked like a prospect that people definitely need to keep an eye on.
"It definitely was a great atmosphere to just come out and see a lot of coaches and show them what you can do," Anunike said.
"I think I did pretty well. I started out kind of rough with some of the quarterbacks just trying to launch it and trying to show off. I dropped a few at the beginning, but then at the end I liked that little drill we did where we went back and forth catching the footballs. That was my little breakout point. They do that at the NFL Combine."
Anunike said he's real flattered by all the early attention, but he's not ready to name a leader quite yet. He definitely is impressed with the three schools that have offered him, but he's got others that are looking at him, too. That list includes the Ivy League schools.
"I have offers from Miami of Ohio, Indiana and Air Force," he said.
"Duke is showing me interest. Stanford is showing me interest. My GPA is really strong with a 3.5, so I have some Ivy League schools giving me a call. I have Harvard, Yale and Princeton have all sent me letters. I've also talked to Michigan State, Kentucky and Akron. The process has been fun so far, but I'm just now getting into it."