Beach Camp: Davis, Manuel, Whaley Impress

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Coaches from Boston College, Clemson, Maryland, Stanford, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech (Curt Newsome), among about 20 others, were in attendance for yesterday’s first Virginia Beach Football Camp. The Beach is filled with talent this year and all of its star prospects – with the exception of Landstown’s Xavier Boyce, who was injured – were on display.

(Note: Yesterday was the camp, in which players performed drills for about two hours or so. There were running back, quarterback, wide receiver, linemen and linebacker drills. Virginia Beach put together a combine last month in which players did the 40, 20-yard shuttle, vertical and 185-pound bench press. College coaches are not allowed to be at combines that do those tests, which is why they ran the combine separate from this camp.)

For me, the three most impressive performers yesterday were Ocean Lakes ATH Kevin Whaley.

Physically, the 6-5, 220-pound Davis is flat-out impressive. He looks like a college player right now. He impressed in drills as well, as he was fluid in his movements…a natural athlete. He also exhibits excellent speed for his size (he was hand-timed at last month’s combine at 4.4 in the 40). He may not be a 4.4 guy electronically timed, but he is definitely fast enough for his size.

Right now, only Clemson, Virginia and Virginia Tech have offered. Honestly, I would be very surprised if he doesn’t have double-digit offers by the end of the month. Another could be on the way soon, as Tennessee head coach Phil Fulmer is expected at Ocean Lakes today.

Manuel is probably second to Davis in terms of physical prowess. He looks every bit of 6-4, 205 pounds. He exhibited an extremely strong arm yesterday, making long throws look easy. His accuracy and mechanics looked pretty good to me, too. He is a good athlete and moves well. Manuel already had 23 offers in the fold heading into this camp, so he didn’t really need to perform at all. He did, though, and he showed the promise that has resulted in so much interest from all over the country.