Nike Camp Observations

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There was a good turnout on Saturday, with some of the state’s top prospects competing and showing their talents against other top talents from outside the state. Standout juniors from the Commonwealth included linebackers David Watford.

There was impressive talent throughout, but the most impressive position in my opinion was linebacker. In addition to Grant and Hughes, North Point (MD) standout Connor Crowell and Butler (Matthews, N.C.) standout Kris Frost looked the part of potential studs on the college level. Grant took home MVP honors at the linebacker position, but Crowell, Frost and Hughes couldn’t have been far behind. In addition to Grant, who looks like he could be a college player right now, Crowell impressed me in particular. The Maryland prep star has turned in several top SPARQ scores – a SPARQ score combines a 40 time, a 20-yard shuttle time, a vertical jump and power ball toss – throughout the spring and certainly showed off his athleticism on Saturday. Crowell was very fluid in his movement, showed good quickness off the ball and moved well in space.

I came away impressed with Hughes’ size. I didn’t expect him to look as good physically, but he is well built and moves well for his size. Frost showed well athletically also, but the most impressive part of his game is the leadership. He was a vocal performer out there and one of the true leaders on the day, often leading the way from drill to drill and getting other players pumped up.

Phoebus standout Caleb Taylor participated in most drills on Saturday, although I did not see him in space drills (where a coach makes a pitch to the running back and the linebacker is supposed to make a two-hand touch in space) or one-on-ones. The 6-0, 230-pounder will have a chance to show his stuff at Tech’s one-day camp next month. If he can show he is returning to the top form he showed as a sophomore, I wouldn’t be surprised to see an offer come.

Phoebus’ Daquan Romero is a tough competitor – he was extremely fiery on the “sack the quarterback” drill, where a running back is supposed to try to