2005 Target: Cameron Sexton

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As a junior, Scotland High School (Laurinburg, NC) quarterback Cameron Sexton threw for close to 1,900 yards and 16 touchdowns with only six interceptions, completing around 60 percent of his passes. A dual-threat quarterback, he added five touchdowns rushing. With his production, it would be tough to know Sexton has only played football for three years.

“He never played football until the ninth grade,” Scotland Head Coach Mark Barnes said. “That hasn’t hurt him though. He made a lot of improvements between his sophomore and junior seasons, and he’s continued to grow.”

Sexton is 6-2 1/2 and weighs 180 pounds. During last summer’s Shrine Bowl combine, he was clocked in the 40 with times of 4.42 and 4.43, respectively. Blessed with ideal quarterback size and excellent athleticism, Sexton has major potential for the next level.

“Cameron’s got speed and good arm strength,” Barnes said. “He can make all of the throws. He throws crossing routes, deep outs, anything we ask him to. Some people question his arm strength, but he’s just not throwing as hard as he can in games. He knows accuracy is very important in our offense, so he uses great touch. He’s got the physical ability, but the one thing that separates him is his understanding of the game.”

In addition to his physical ability, Sexton is an intelligent player. He picks up defenses quickly and easily, making good decisions within the offense. Sexton shows the same smarts in the classroom, as he carries a 3.75 grade point average and is a candidate for early graduation.

“He’s a true student of the game,” Barnes said. “He knows where he’s supposed to go with the football. He’s able to digest a lot of information very quickly, so he can use the whole field.”

This off-season, Sexton’s primary focus is on gaining strength for his senior year. Coach Barnes believes great strength may be the only quality his star signal-caller truly lacks.

“He’s working on getting stronger,” Barnes said. “It’s hard to improve on his speed. We’re hoping he can improve his overall physical strength so that he’s less prone to injuries. He also wants to improve his lateral movement. He utilizes his speed right now to escape pressure. His mechanics are great. To be honest, I don’t think he has too many weaknesses.”

With his ability on the field, Sexton has drawn serious looks from top Division I-A programs. He recently picked up his first scholarship offer when